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Large section of a Schenkl Shell from the Sherfy Farm, Gettysburg, Rosensteel coll. (ON HOLD)

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This is another one of the Gettysburg pieces I am listing, it is a large section of an exploded U.S. Schenkl artillery shell (see picture of a complete shell). This section measures 5 ½” x 2 ½” and has a very smooth surface. It was recovered by local Gettysburg resident John Cullison between 1935 – 1959 at the Sherfy Farm in Gettysburg. (I discuss John Cullison and the Sherfy Farm in my book “Battle of Gettysburg – The Relics, Artifacts & Souvenirs”)

The Sherfy Farm is on Emmitsburg Road about a mile south of down-town. At the time of the battle the fifty-acre farm was owned by Reverend Joseph Sherfy and included the famous Peach Orchard to the south of Wheatfield Road, as well as both Big and Little Round Tops and the Devil's Den. The house is the original house built in the 1840's and still displays bullet holes in its brickwork – signs of the fierce fighting that took place around it on July 2nd and 3rd, 1863. The current barn replaced the original, which had been used by the Confederates as a field hospital but had burned during the battle.

This shell 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 Gettysburg artifact not only has wonderful provenance, but it was also found at one of the most famous locations on the battlefield.

I have had this piece in my private collection for several years, acquiring it when it first became deacessed. It is very difficult to find anything from the Sherfy Farm. It is guaranteed 100% as to its authenticity and provenance. A signed and embossed Certificate of Authenticity will accompany this artifact.  (guaranteed for life)

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