Federal Artillery "Bullseye" Bridle Rosette with Leather Portion

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Item: Federal Artillery "Bullseye" Bridle Rosette with Leather Portion
Construction:  Stamped sheet brass with solder fill and brass attachment loop.
Approximate size: 1-5/8 inch diameter.
Condition: Excellent, excavated, attachment device present. Brass front has a brown patina with no cracks or breaks. The rim is complete with one or two micro-fractures on its edge. The rear has all of its solder remaining which is stable. Its brass attachment loop is present and partially bent over towards the rear. Lodged securely underneath the loop is a small portion of the original bridle leather. In black ink on what is believed to be "white-out" is the digger's inventory code. The device is solid with no repairs.
Recovered: December 1990, Harrison's Landing situated east of Richmond, VA along the James River where General George McClellan camped during the summer of 1862 after the battle of Malvern Hill.

Reference: Examples of similar excavated "bullseye" bridle rosettes are found in the following relic reference books:

  • "Excavated Artifacts from Battlefields and Campsites of The Civil War" by Stanley S. Phillips on page 80, figure 3.
  • "Civil War Artifacts" by Howard R. Crouch on page 133, figures 6 & 7.

See scans of the above pages in the additional images. 

Comments: This rosette was acquired directly from the digger's family. The digger hunted Civil War trails, campsites, and battle sites throughout central Virginia and adjacent states for several decades. Included in the additional images of this relic is an image of the digger's index card indicating, in most cases, the relic's identification, assessment of condition, recovery date & location, and other general information. An image of this index card will be included along with the description and image of the rosette. If you appreciate that excavated appearance with detailed written provenance in the digger's own hand, then this relic is for you. This artillery "bullseye" bridle rosette will be an excellent addition to any excavated Civil War cavalry or general relic collection.


Product Code:
PC9188

This brand is available for:
HORSE EQUIPMENT , NEW ITEMS , GREAT GIFT IDEAS , ARTILLERY , FEDERAL RELICS , MISC. EXCAVATED ITEMS

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