This antique stanhope Civil War commemorative bullet depicts 3 views of 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. The main title is GETTYSBURG, PA. The images are clear and easy to see but it is difficult to see the main title due to the angle in which the stanhope was inserted. The 3 images found within are separately titled:
VIRGINIA STATE MEMORIAL
MAJOR GENERAL GEO. G. MEADE
HIGH WATER MARK OF THE REBELLION
Stanhope bullets were made shortly after the Civil War when Gettysburg instantly became a popular town that has survived since from tourism. Shortly after the end of the Civil War, bullets were gathered up from the battlefield 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 superficial cleaning of the lens. The bullet exhibits nice patina. A prized item for civil war collectors and enthusiasts as well as stanhope collectors.
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