This antique stanhope civil war commemorative bullet shows a single view of the Soldier's National Cemetery at Gettysburg, PA. After the war, some of the left over bullets were used to make these stanhope novelties. Generally these were of the .56 - .58 cal. sort, and this one measures about .58cal. It was likely fired from a rifle and damaged when it struck something. It has some very interesting scarring that certainly tells a story and reveals a bit of it's history. One side of the bullet seems to have shattered off. The microphoto view shows the circular layout of the Gettysburg Cemetery with the Soldier's Monument featured in the center. The stanhope lens was recently removed and restored and the image is once again very clear and easy to see. It is titled:
THE SOLDIER'S NATIONAL CEMETERY - below the image and withing a thin drawn border
GETTYSBURG, PA - along the bottom and outside the border
MADE IN FRANCE - along the right side of the image
Stanhope bullets were made shortly after the Civil War when Gettysburg instantly became a popular 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 removal & cleaning of the lens. This is an excellent example of a rare stanhope civil war bullet souvenir item. Great for civil war collectors and enthusiasts or anyone just interested in owning a wonderful piece of American History.
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