British military coat buttons (3) excavated in Canada
largest: 3/4 in. ( 1.9 cm )
stamped: (7-8), on front: "41"; on back: "I . MCGOWAN/GE...RA.../LONDON"
Pewter or silver-plated military coat buttons; regiment number on front enclosed by small, beaded border and starburst; two have maker's mark inscribed on back.
These buttons were excavated by the Field Exploration Committee in Ontario, Canada along the Niagara River near Fort George, a British fort built in 1795. The 41st Regiment arrived in Canada in 1799, was encamped near Fort George when war began in 1812, and took part in the unsuccessful British siege of Fort Erie in 1814. The pewter buttons were worn by privates; the silver-plated button was worn by an officer.
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.