EARLY JENNIE WADE DOUGH TRAY SOUVENIR – GEISELMAN COLLECTION

$45.00 SOLD

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Item Code: 1152-49

This item is a dough tray souvenir of Jennie Wade, the only civilian killed during the Battle of Gettysburg.  Jennie Wade was supposedly making bread for troops by a dough tray when a stray bullet killed her.  This souvenir is made of an attractively stained and lacquered wood and dates from the 1940-1960’s.  It measures 4 ¾ inches long by 2 ¾ inches wide by 2 inches high and is uncleaned and undamaged.  The bottom is marked “MADE AT GETTYSBURG” and has a hand written original price (?) of “.50”.  The top of this dough tray has Jennie Wade’s photo and the printed words “Gettysburg, Pa. / July 1,2,3, 1863”.  The underside of the dough tray has a paper label inscribed with “THIS IS A MODEL OF THE / DOUGH TRAY / At which Jennie Wade, the only civilian killed dur / ing the battle of Gettysburg, was working at the / time of her death.  The original can be seen at the / JENNIE WADE MUSEUM / GETTYSBURG, PA. / COME TO GETTYSBURG / SEE AMERCIA’S GREATEST BATTLEFIELD”.  This piece is identified in John Geiselman’s collection by a contemporary inscribed label. Originally sold as Item# R11527.  [bb] [ph:L]

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The Horse Soldier is pleased to offer a number of items from the John P. Geiselman collection, a collection that was on display for many years at the Geiselman Country Store Museum on Barlow - Two Taverns Road. Geiselman began his collecting as a child in the early 1920s, and during the pre-World II period had access to artifacts that had been purchased earlier at the estate sales of the Trostle, Rogers, Rose, Weikert, and Wentz farms - local properties that figured prominently in the battle and its aftermath. During this period he had access as well to the Hill , Plank, and Stewart collections, and was able to acquire other items that had been sold from turn-of-the-century relics establishments such as the Danner, Ziegler, and Oak Ridge Museums. Furthermore, Geiselman carefully documented most artifacts, and collectors perusing the list will be able to note, in many instances, not only the source of the relic and the date of its recovery, but also the part of the battlefield from which it came. In other words, his collection is the last major grouping of Gettysburg artifacts assembled and documented by a local resident.

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