This antique stanhope Civil War commemorative bullet depicts a single view of General George Meade's Headquarters at Gettysburg, PA. After the war, some of the left over bullets were used to make these stanhope souvenirs. Most common are bullets of the 58 cal. sort, as this one is. This example appears to have been un-fired and likely dropped on the Battlefield. It is squashed, so it presumably may have been run over by an artillery wagon or cannon. The images are very clear and easy to see. This view shows a small building (Meade's Headquarters) with a white picket fence surrounding it. General Meade's photo portrait is also in the upper right corner of image. The view is titled:
GENERAL MEADE'S HEADQUARTERS on the first line under the view
GETTYSBURG, PA on the second line under the view
MADE IN FRANCE italic print on lower right side of the view
Stanhope bullets were made shortly after the Civil War when Gettysburg instantly became a well-visited town that has survived since from tourism. The bullets were gathered up from the battlefield and surrounding areas and stanhope lenses (complete with a variety of images) were ordered from a French manufacturer. The lenses were then locally installed by sutlers and tourist shops who often employed those disabled during the battle. This artifact is original and our restoration included only a light cleaning of the lens. The bullet exhibits great patina. A nice item for civil war collectors and enthusiasts as well as stanhope collectors.
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