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Good grouping of three items from the renowned Wert Gettysburg relic collection, includes a U.S. eagle button, a brass tag with "112" embossed thereon, and a brass tompion used to keep water out of a musket barrel. Overall very good. From the famous collection of J. Howard Wert, one of the "Big Six" collections of Gettysburg relics. Wert had experienced the battle as an army scout and had moved around the field with the troops during the fight and its immediate aftermath. Wert was encouraged by his father to preserve mementos given to him or found on the battlefield - a practice which dovetailed with the family habit of preserving relics connected with the anti-slavery "Underground Railroad". He continued these Gettysburg battle relic explorations well into 1864, the year in which he became a soldier himself. With a fuller description of Wert and his collection. While not regular army issue, many powder bags like this one were carried by soldiers who brought them from home.
Estimate $ 150-200

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