Item: Maryland State Seal Coat Button
Backmark: "SCOVILL MF'G CO, / WATERBURY" dm
Construction: Convex, three-piece.
Approximate size: 22 mm.
Condition: Excellent, non-excavated, secure shank present. This button has no pushes, cracks, breaks, or repairs.
Reference: Tice: MD200A1 Albert: MD 11
Comments: According to "Uniform Buttons of the United States 1776-1865" by Warren K. Tice on page 310 regarding the state seal on the front of the button:
"In 1854 the state restored the use of a modified Calvert seal of the Lords Baltimore. The reverse, or arms, of this seal was struck on Civil War Maryland buttons. It shows a shield inscribed with quartered arms of Calvert and Crossland families surmounted by an eagle. Six vertical bands intersected by a diagonal stripe make up the Calvert portion. A Greek cross with arms ending in trefoils represents the Crossland arms. Written on a scroll under the shield is the Latin motto Crescite et Mulitplicimini, meaning "increase and multiply". A farmer supports one side of the shield, while a fisherman props up the other."
This button will be an excellent addition to any Civil War button or general relic collection.
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