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A very rare battle of Gettysburg battlefield "pick-up", a brass infantry bugle measuring 15" long and 5" tall with intact mouthpiece and flared horn end. The bugle is accompanied by an original letter of provenance from Civil War dealer Larry Hicklen of Murfreesboro, Tn. who relates information he received from the family which sold him this relic. In part: "...The artifact came from an ancestor on the wife's the last name 'Powers'...she remembered hearing [he] was a Sgt. - picked this bugle up on the Confederate line at Gettysburg and brought home as a souvenir. It has been in their family ever since...The family did not realize...there had been a name engraved on the bugle...but [it] had been...intentionally obliterated. It could be the Confederate swiped the bugle from someone or picked it up himself - and ended up losing it himself...". Obtained by us from highly-respected Gettysburg relic dealers, The Horse Soldier. A few dents and dings, broken at one section of tubing but refitted together, else generally very good for a "pick-up".
Estimate $ 800-1,200

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