U.S. 3-INCH SCHENKL SHELL FOUND NEAR SPANGLER’S SPRING, GETTYSBURG BY HENRY BITTLE –GEISELMAN COLLECTION

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Item Code: 348-132

Here is a nice U.S. 3-Inch Schenkl Case-shot Shell with the base of a combination percussion and time fuse.  Henry Bittle recovered it in relic condition near Spangler’s Spring.  Moderately pitted, it measures 9 inches long and is approximately 3-inches in diameter.  It weighs 9-½ pounds.  The fuse is missing the rotator cap but the spiraling holes are still mostly visible.  This shell originally had a green-gray-brown dark patina; it now has a darker patina, a mix of browns, due to the deactivation process.  There are only very minor nicks and gouges on this apparently unfired shell.  It was identified in John Geiselman’s collection by his museum listing and would make a nice addition to an artillery, Civil War, or Gettysburg collection. Originally sold as item R10942.  [bb][ph:L]

10% Geiselman discount does NOT apply to this item.

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This item is 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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