BULLET MOLD FOUND ON THE RIDER FARM, GETTYSBURG – GEISELMAN COLLECTION

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Item Code: 1159-03

This item is a very nice, original round ball mold.  It was found in relic condition on the Rider Farm in Gettysburg.  Very, very lightly pitted, it measures approximately 5 ½ inches long and pivots easily.  This mold must have been picked up soon after the battle because it looks as if it were still used today.  It has not been cleaned, has an attractive patina, and is unmarked.  It measures out for a .44 caliber round pistol ball.  The inside of the mold has a sharp “cutter” to remove the excess lead; the handles are slightly curved and pointed at the ends.  This piece was identified in John Geiselman’s collection his museum listing and would make an excellent display item for a Gettysburg collection. Housed in an attractive wooden display case. Originally sold as R11429. [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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