LARGE FRAMED RELIC SHOWBOARD

$3,500.00

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Item Code: 1242-06

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This relic board is very like those assembled from Gettysburg relics by John Rosensteel and displayed on the porch of the Round Top Museum, but differs in displaying the relics on horizontal rather than raw vertical boards, in having a glass frame, and the presence of a $100 Confederate bill at top, since the three Rosensteel “showboards” illustrated in Gettysburg Battlefield Relics and Souvenirs were not glassed and were among “six or eight” displayed on the open porch of the museum, though one could argue, we suppose, that the presence of a paper item might explain why it was glassed. The various items were wired to the backing boards and some have come loose, but it still has the rustic look of the Rosensteel products rather than the assemblages of his contemporaries who tried to combine some artistic or esthetic element with the historical, memorial,  or educational value of the display, by the arrangement of the relics, their decoration, display on pyramids, as part of desk sets, etc.

The display includes a hundred or more artifacts ranging from a damaged sword belt plate and round eagle crossbelt plate, to a Hardee hat side eagle, a belt keeper, portion of an officer’s sword scabbard with brass mount, various knapsack hooks, including from a British import pack, a ball screw, worms, several buttons, a US boss from a horse bit, several  gun tools, part of a shoulder scale, several dozen excavated bullets, some intact and some flattened by impact, a Spencer rimfire cartridge, a couple of shot from a canister round, friction primer, a broken triggerguard, a rimfire cartridge, heel plate, loop for a canteen stopper, etc., as well as a name plate reading “J. Perry,” likely from trunk or piece of baggage.

This had a purported history of coming from an auction of items from the Round Top Museum, but we are unaware of a such a sale. It has that “flavor” in any case. We recommend O’Donnell, Hazard and Boardman’s book “Gettysburg Battlefield Relics & Souvenirs” not only for all the great individual stuff.  [sr] [ph:L]

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