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Eagle Breast Plate from Gettysburg, Rosensteel collection (SOLD,BH)

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This is another historic piece being offered, it is an excavated Civil War Eagle Breast Plate. It would have adorned the leather shoulder sling of a Civil War soldier’s cartridge box. It has the bold Union eagle on the brass face of the plate. The eagle has the arrows of war in one of her talons and the other talon has the laurel branches of peace. The back of the plate has the original lead remaining, but the iron hooks are long gone. This artifact was recovered many years ago from the Gettysburg battlefield by local resident John Cullison.

The plate went from John Cullison’s collection to the Gettysburg Rosensteel collection. The Rosensteel Collection is arguably the most famous collection of Gettysburg relics that have ever existed. John Rosensteel opened his Round Top Museum of Gettysburg artifacts in 1888. The collection, which grew in size as a variety of local collections, such as Cullison’s, was acquired and became the nucleus of the Electric Map Museum collection and ultimately the Gettysburg National Park Museum and Visitor Center collection.

A 1964 advertisement for the Gettysburg National Museum (Electric Map Museum) notes that the John Cullison collection was part of the museum holdings. This beautiful Gettysburg artifact was acquired right after it was deacessed from the museum. It was listed in a very early HS catalog (see pictures). It comes in the glass top display case pictured. A signed and embossed Certificate of Authenticity will accompany this artifact. (guaranteed for life)

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