This original stanhope civil war commemorative bullet shows 3 views of Gettysburg, PA. After the war, some of the left over bullets were used to make these stanhope novelties. Generally these were of the 58 cal. sort, but this bullet is of a smaller caliber thereby making it a seldom found variation. It measures about .45 caliber and was likely fired from a revolver. The tip has been damaged, either through firing or it may have been damaged by heavy artillery equipment or a horse on the battlefield. The patina and condition of this bullet definitely tell a story but it is impossible to know exactly how the damage occurred. The 3 images found within are separately titled: "THE SOLDIERS NATIONAL CEMETERY / NY STATE MONUMENT AND NATIONAL CEMETERY / HANCOCK AVENUE LOOKING SOUTH" and the main title is "GETTYSBURG, PA". The images are very clear and fine and easy to see. 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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