UNIQUE WOODWARD GETTYSBURG DESK SET

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Item Code: 88-169

"Gettysburg resident Edward Woodward. Mr. Woodward was a local gunsmith who, with the growth of tourism after the fighting at Gettysburg, opened a shop selling bullets, shells and other battlefield relics. He was known for having made desk sets and for engraving shells and cannonballs found on the battlefield.  Some items were engraved with the exact location where they were found while others were marked “Gettysburg” and the date “1863”. The first known items made by Woodward were dated September 1865 and given to veterans who visited the battlefield."

Offered here is an unusual and early desk set assembled by Woodward. The elements of this set include:

1) Half of a 4.5-inch 12-pound shell possible intended as an ashtray. This Woodward deeply engraved "Red Barn". The owner of this for over 50 years was told by a Melrose, Mass. Museum that de-accessioned it ca.1966, that the "Red Barn" was the red painted barn on the famous Sherfy Farm.

2) A coat sized South Carolina state seal button. The button, once a bit loose, now secured, was noted by the former longtime owner to have been made by Horstmann and dates prior to the Civil War.

3) Assorted Minie balls and a round ball as support for the exploded 12-pound shell.

4) A well-constructed wooden base is professionally painted on the face. "GETTYSBURG" over "July 1st, 2nd, 3rd '63". Under the base is a handwritten glued tag which is hard to read but intriguing and possibly completely legible if put under UV lighting?

Condition is wonderful. A Woodward desk set is a "Holy Grail" of Gettysburg collecting.  [pe] [PH:L]

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