RELIC PIECE OF HARDTACK FROM THE SHIELDS GETTYSBURG MUSEUM

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Item Code: 1070-118

The broken piece of hardtack meas. approx. 2.50 x 3.00 inches. Most of the surface of the cracker is black like it was in a fire.

The cracker is in solid condition and not crumbling.

Previous owner states that it is from the old Shields Museum of Gettysburg artifacts that once stood along Route 30 just West of town.

Ott Shields amassed one of the earliest and well-known collections of Gettysburg artifacts.  In 1918, he opened a private museum that featured the “Shields Collection,” one of the few documented Gettysburg collections obtained by local families (Rosensteel; Danner; Wert; Mumper; Ziegler, etc.).  The Shields Museum closed in the 1980s and the collection was sold at auction on November 16, 1985.  Offering over 600 lots “comprised mostly of Gettysburg battlefield pick-up relics,” the auction attracted several hundred Civil War collectors, dealers, and museum buyers.  [ad]

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