Item: Providence Marine Corp Artillery Coat Button.
Backmark: "D. EVANS & CO. ATTLEBORO MASS" dm with swallow-tailed ribbon. A sunburst lies between the ribbon ends.
Construction: Convex, two-piece.
Approximate size: 22 mm.
Condition: Very good, excavated, secure shank present but bent over to back. The front of the button has ample gilt remaining on a brown patina. There is a very slight push to the eight-spoke cannon wheel. There is a moderate push to the rear. No cracks, breaks, or repairs.
Comments: The device consists of a cannon at the center of a lined field, with initials, "P. M. C. A." above, with the date, "1861" below. According to the button reference book "Uniform Buttons Of The United States 1776-1865" by Warren K. Tice, "The City of Providence organized this group in 1801 to improve citizens in the military arts. It was made up of seafaring men, with officers of the Providence Marine Society." For additional information about the "P.M.C.A.", see the additional images of this button where I have included an image of the complete paragraph from page 435 of the aforementioned book. This button will be an excellent addition to any excavated Civil War button or general relic collection.
Recovered: Fredericksburg, VA.
Reference: Tice: RI236A3 Albert: RI 29
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