CAVALRY SPUR FROM THE BOHON COLLECTION, EX-SHIELDS MUSEUM, FIRST DAY’S BATTLEFIELD AT GETTYSBURG

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Item Code: 490-2447

This is a regulation issue cavalryman’s spur, with rounded profile to the sides and neck, with the rowel in place. The rowel shows some rounding the tips, and one tip missing, but turns freely. The strap slots are good. This comes from the first day’s battlefield here at Gettysburg, a particularly appropriate find-spot since Union cavalry there fought a long delaying action against advancing Confederates to buy time for their own infantry to come up. Both rowel and spur frame have a nice, aged patina showing they were early battlefield pick-ups.

If you have been following our recent offerings, you will be familiar with the collection of Tom Bohon, a very early customer and friend of ours from Greencastle, PA. He was also a regular visitor to the Shields Museum, which opened here in town in 1925 and rivaled the Danner collection and Rosensteel’s Round Top Museum for its collection of Gettysburg artifacts. In 1974 the museum was being run by Ellen Shields, who offered Tom the one-time chance to buy a display case full of artifacts entirely recovered on the first day’s battlefield. This was literally just to create more floor space and the deal was “all or nothing.” He purchased the case and kept the collection intact and we were only to purchase them after his death in 2019.

This is a wonderful and air-tight provenance. We valued Tom as a customer and friend and are proud to pass on some of his great material.  [sr] [ph:L]

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