JUST ADDED ON 9/1 - GETTYSBURG - CEMETERY RIDGE / PENNSYLVANIA MEMORIAL - ROSENSTEEL FAMILY - Really Large Artillery Shell Fragment - almost Half of the Shell
This is a really large fragment of an artillery shell (7 1/2 inches x 2 3/4 inches) comprising almost the entire side (including the threaded area at the nose for the fuse adapter) - it is almost half of the shell body (somewhere between 1/3 and 1/2). It looks to be a Parrott or possibly a smooth sided Read. You don't see many fragments that are this big. It was found on Cemetery Ridge between the Pennsylvania Memorial and the Taneytown Road. This artifact was a part of the collection of Iva Rosensteel, sister of George Rosensteel (founder of the Gettysburg National Museum and the famous Electric Map) so the provenance could not be better. This is the first time that this artifact is being offered for public sale and I feel very privileged in the opportunity to offer it. The Rosensteels were, of course, the most famous artifact collecting family in Gettysburg and the bulk of the relics on display at today's Gettysburg National Park Visitor Center come from the Rosensteels. A signed provenance letter will be provided with this relic.