US PATTERN 1826 EAGLE BREAST PLATE RECOVERED AT GETTYSBURG BY LOCAL DIGGER KEN BREAM

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Item Code: 595-1900

Plate has a dark, almost black face but the details of the eagle stamping are still visible. Plate has some minor edge indentations near the eagle’s head.

Reverse has approx. 20% of the lead fill and no hooks. Partial maker’s mark visible, “….BOSTON”.

A modern paper label reads “GETTYSBURG RELIC SHOW 7-6-1980 DUG BY KEN BREAM OF GETTYSBURG BETWEEN CULPS & WOLFS HILL.”

This plate was found by local Gettysburg resident and relic hunter Ken Bream. Mr. Bream was born and raised in Gettysburg and grew up in a house right next to the famous Peach Orchard. He graduated from Gettysburg High School and for a while worked for Johnny Johnson who owned the General Longstreet’s Headquarters Museum which once stood on Seminary Ridge, right along Confederate Avenue near the Longstreet Headquarters marker. Mr. Bream obtained some relics from this now defunct museum and dug many more on private property surrounding the battlefield and on the Confederate approach and retreat routes. He also worked for the Eisenhower’s on their farm in the 60s and 70s.    [ad] [ph:L]

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