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GETTYSBURG LIGHT ARTILLERY SABRE BATTLEFIELD PICK-UP One of the finest Gettysburg relics we've encountered, a Union-issued light artillery saber with scabbard recovered from the battlefield very shortly after the battle and retained in a local collection until 2008. The sword's blade remains clean and bright with no rust, the wire wrapping on the grip is intact, as is the leather and most of its black finish beneath the wire, and the scabbard and drag, though once cleaned, show virtually no wear and now bear an attractive, rich patina. This fine relic was part of the famed collection owned by the Rosensteel and Eckert families of Gettysburg. George D. Rosensteel, a long-time collector, established a Civil War museum in Gettysburg in 1921. He subsequently added the fine collection of his uncle, John H. Rosensteel to the museum's holdings. John Rosensteel had lived through the three days of battle at Gettysburg and began gathering artifacts as soon as the armies left the scene. In 1941, Lawrence Eckert married George Rosensteel's daughter, Angela, and began working at the family's museum. In 1972 the Rosensteel Family donated their collection to the National Park Service who in turn retained Lawrence Eckert as custodian and curator. Additionally, Eckert had assembled his own collection of Gettysburg relics ever since his marriage in 1941. This sword and scabbard are from that collection, and still bear a round, metal museum tag bearing "40" attached to the sword by a small cord. The relic is accompanied by a signed and notarized letter of provenance from Eckert's son Richard Eckert, as well as a copy of the auction listing the collection when it was sold in May, 2008. An exceptional battlefield pick-up with ironclad provenance.
Estimate $ 3,000-4,000

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