Item:
ON13373

Original U.S. Civil War Federal Issue M-1855 Enlisted Belt Buckle Gettysburg Recovered Relic from the Former Shields Battlefield Museum

Item Description

Original Items: Only One Set Available: This is a Model 1855 U.S. Army Federal Issue recovered from the battlefields of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. This buckle was formerly part of the Shields Museum, which was located in Gettysburg, PA. This buckle was found either predating the formation of the National Military Park, or from Private Land before it was acquired by the National Park Service, and therefore are completely legal to own.

Ott Shields amassed one of the earliest and well-known collections of Gettysburg related artifacts, all found or purchased from local families. Shields was amongst other families in the area that also collected Gettysburg artifacts from the battle (Such as Rosensteel, Mumper, Ziegler, Danner, Wert, etc). In 1918 Shields opened his museum, which highlighted “The Shields Collection”.

The museum operated until the early 1980s. In November of 1985, the collection was sold at auction in Gettysburg. The auction consisted of hundreds of lots, and was attended by hundreds of Civil War collectors. This buckle was purchased at the auction in 1985.

The buckle itself is in relic condition after having sat hidden in the earth for many years. There is folding present on the edges but surprisingly enough all three tabs are present on the reverse, one of which has what appears to be a bit of leather still present.

A lovely dug relic from the famed and blood Battle of Gettysburg! Comes more than ready for display.

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