Item: Post-Civil War Iowa State Seal Cuff Button
Backmark: "SCOVILL. MF'G. CO. / WATERBURY." dm
Design: The Great Seal of the State of Iowa. (see more information in Comments section below)
Construction: Convex, two-piece.
Approximate size: 23 mm.
Condition: Very good, non-excavated, secure shank present. The button has no pushes, cracks, breaks, or repairs.
Reference: Tice: Unlisted; Albert: IA 4Avar.; Johnson: 461Avar.
Comments: The Great Seal of the State of Iowa was created in 1847 (one year after Iowa became a U.S. state) and depicts a citizen soldier standing in a wheat field surrounded by symbols including farming, mining, and transportation with the Mississippi River in the background. An eagle overhead bears the state motto. By the end of the war in 1865, 76,534 Iowa men had served in the Union army. In relation to its population, Iowa sent more soldiers to the Civil War than any other state. Of those 13,169 died. More Iowa soldiers died from diseases than were killed in combat.
This fine post-Civil War Iowa state seal cuff button will be an excellent addition to any post-Civil War button or general relic collection.
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