Item: Georgia State Seal Coat Button
Construction: Convex, two-piece.
Approximate size: 23 mm.
Condition: Fair, excavated, secure shank present. The face of this button shows the Georgia state seal which was adopted by their state legislature in 1799. While the face of this button has moderate ground action, its design of three pillars supporting an arch, bearing the word "Constitution", are visible. Banners wrapping the pillars have the three words, "Wisdom", "Justice", and "Moderation". The letters of all four of these words are not legible. The button has no pushes, cracks, breaks, or repairs.
Recovered: Richmond, VA area.
Reference: Albert: Similar to GA 7
Comments: According to "Uniform Buttons of the United States 1776-1865" by Warren K. Tice, regarding the button design, "The (Georgia) legislature adopted Georgia’s state seal in 1799. Military buttons of the state depict the seal’s obverse, or coat of arms side with the three classical pillars supporting an arch bearing the word “Constitution.” The design symbolizes the legislative, judicial, and executive departments of government supporting the constitution. Banners inscribed “Wisdom,” “Justice,” and “Moderation” are wrapped on the pillars. At the side of one pillar a militiaman stands with a drawn sword, signifying defense of the constitution by state military forces." This button will be an excellent addition to any Civil War button or general relic collection.
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