Pinback button

Object Number: 
2002.1.4274
Date: 
1896-1910
Medium: 
Celluloid, metal, paper
Dimensions: 
1/8 x 7/8 in. diameter
Description: 
A beige pinback button printed with a state seal, crest, symbol or motto from U.S. states and territories; marked in red "The Grand Seal Of the Territory of Oklahoma." with a Native American with a feathered headdress shaking hands with a settler while the classical female figure of Justice lays her hand on the men's clasped hands and holds up the scales of justice. Oklahoma Territory had been the region formerly known as Indian Territory which originally included present-day Oklahoma north and east of the Red River, as well as Kansas and Nebraska; these lands were reduced in 1854 by the creation of the Kansas and Nebraska territories which were admitted to the union in 1861 and 1867 respectively. Oklahoma Territory was not officially created until 1890 and did not enter the union as a state until 1907. Part of a series of pre-World War I United States state buttons; some of the region names are no longer current. This button was part of a series of collectible premiums given by tobacco and gum manufacturers.
Credit Line: 
Gift of Bella C. Landauer
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group