Item: South Carolina State Seal Staff Cuff Button - Post War
Backmark: ". HORSTMANN BROs. & Co. Phil." dm
Design: The state coat of arms is on a lined field with initials "SC". (see more on the SC state coat of arms below under Comments section)
Construction: Convex, three-piece.
Approximate size: 15 mm.
Condition: Excellent, non-excavated, secure shank present. Dull brass patina. There are no pushes, cracks, breaks, or repairs.
Reference: Tice: unlisted Albert: SC 25?
Comments: According to "Uniform Buttons of the United States 1776-1865" by Warren K. Tice, "After the 1776 battle at Sullivan's Island, South Carolina approved a coat of arms design. It shows a palmetto tree in the seashore, symbolic of a Revolutionary War fort built of palmetto logs on Sullivan's Island. At the base of the palmetto is a broken oak tree, representing the British fleet. Twelve spears are bound to the palmetto's trunk, representing the twelve other American States. A band tying the spears is inscribed Quis Separabit, meaning "Who shall separate." Beneath the oak tree is an inscription Meliorem Lapsa Locavit, or "Having fallen, it has set up a better." The latter refers to the decline of the British (oak) and the ascendence of South Carolina (palmetto.) The state motto is, Animis Opibusque Parati, meaning "Prepared In Mind And Resources"." Note: Several variations of the above state seal are found on different size and types of South Carolina buttons.
This fine South Carolina cuff button will be an excellent addition to any post-Civil War button collection.
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