This antique stanhope Civil War commemorative bullet depicts 5 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. It is squashed, so it presumably may have been run over by an artillery wagon or cannon. The main title is GETTYSBURG, PA and MADE IN FRANCE is marked along the right side. The images are clear and easy. There are some small bubbles that are characteristic of stanhope manufacture. They are not caused by deterioration. The 5 images found within are separately titled:
VIRGINIA STATE MEMORIAL
MAJOR GENERAL GEO. G. MEADE
DEVIL'S DEN LEDGE
JENNIE WADE HOUSE
SOLDIERS NATIONAL CEMETERY
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 a light cleaning of the lens. The bullet exhibits a wonderful patina. A nice item for civil war collectors and enthusiasts as well as stanhope collectors.
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