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U.S. Cartridge Box Plate, dug at Gettysburg, ex-museum piece


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This is another historic piece being offered, it is an excavated U.S. Civil War Cartridge Box Plate. It would have adorned the outside flap of the leather cartridge box. It has the “US” on the front with a lead-filled back. As with most of these dug plates, the iron hooks are 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. It has a beautiful untouched patina and 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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