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G. A. R. hall relic - July 1864 Petersburg Mine – PICK AXE



Now fully operational from the beautiful Pacific North West, we encourage all to keep a close eye as we unpack posted offerings and continue what will be an ongoing effort of unpacking the collection while taking stock with an eye toward thinning out our accumulation of treasures. After years of seeking out and acquiring all manner of quality antique Americana from simple but seldom surviving items of special interest to historically important treasures, Janet and I look forward to offering the fruits of our years of seeking out such to new and appreciative homes.

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Item Number: 63225

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Another treasure from our over 50 years of scouring and accumulating, this Petersburg marked antique pick axe came to us when we were fortunate enough to augment our Maine collection (see: with a number of Civil War relics from the defunct Portland, Maine, Bosworth Post # 2, Department of Maine. Best described here by our illustrations this relic pick is approximately 29 3/4 inches in total length measures about 23 1/4 inches tip to tip and remains in solid condition with good evidence of age and originality to include the bold PETERSBURG 7 64 identification. All is preserved under a coat of old bug shellac just as it came from the disbanded GAR Post in the 1960s.
A relic of the July 1864 Petersburg Mine operation which led to the disastrous Battle of the Crater, Petersburg had surely been of special significance in the memories of many Bosworth Post veterans as, in the time of the mining effort and just prior to the Battle of the Crater, the 1st Maine Heavy Artillery Regiment had earned recognition their on June 18, 1864 as having suffered the greatest loss of men in a single battle of any Union unit in the Civil War. Acquired from our friend and fellow collector, Maine historian and Portland preservationist, Prof. William B. Jordan who had acquired an interesting accumulation of historic mementoes from more than a single repository before it succumb to 1960s urban renewal. One such landmark was the Bosworth G. A. R. Post which stood at 44 Free Street in Portland. Our letter preserving the origin of the axe as emanating from Maine’s Bosworth Post #2 will be included with the relic. Buy with confidence! We are pleased to offer a no questions asked three day inspection with return as purchased on direct sales! Just send us a courtesy e-mail to let us know your item will be returned per these provisions and your purchase price will be refunded accordingly. Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques!

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