Today I'm offering for sale a rare early 20th century Gettysburg Jennie Wade Collectable Plate which shows the home of Jennie Wade who was the only civilian casualty in the Battle of Gettysburg. She died after being hit by a Confederate musket ball while making bread in the kitchen of her home for Union soldiers on July 3rd, 1863.
The plate was made by the Wheelock Company of Germany for C.R. Myers, Gettysburg, Pa. This stunning 8 1/4" plate has a dark blue edge with gold leafs. Inside the blue edge is the artists drawing of the Jennie Wade House, a small portrait of Jennie Wade and a drawing of the Jennie Wade monument. The colors on the front of the plate are brilliant and very strong plus the artist did a fantastic job in capturing Jennie Wade's House. The artist’s name isn’t found anywhere on the plate.
**Condition: This Jennie Wade Plate is in good condition, very clean and bright. The plate has no chips or cracks. *Front: There was a thin line of gold on the edge of the plate but almost all of it is worn off as can be seen in the photos. There are forty-one gold leafs around the edge of the plate. Nearly all of three gold leafs are almost all gone. Of the rest of the 38 gold leafs, about 25 have some parts of them missing. *Bottom: The bottom of the plate is clean with the only wear being where the raised part of the bottom of the plate meets the surface it is on. There are six tiny chips out of that raised part of the bottom of the plate.
Here's a little history about Jennie Wade. Early on the morning of July 3, 1863, Jennie was standing in the kitchen of her home along with family members preparing to bake biscuits and homemade bread to give to members of the Union Army. At about 8:30 A.M. while kneading dough, a Confederate musket ball smashed through a door striking the 20 year old Jennie beneath her left shoulder blade embedding itself in her corset killing her instantly. Just on the first day over 150 bullets hit the McClellar house. The very next day Jennie's mom continued to make 15 loaves of bread from the dough which Jennie had kneaded the day before. In 1882 the United States government voted to grant Jennie's mother a pension citing that her daughter had been killed serving the Union by baking bread for the soldiers.
If you collect items pertaining to the Civil War, then I'm sure this Jennie Wade Commemorative Plate will look very nice displayed in a bookcase in your home.
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