Framed set of American military buttons (28)

Object Number: 
INV.5942.1-28
Date: 
1775-1783
Medium: 
Pewter, brass, silver, wood
Dimensions: 
largest: 1 in. ( 2.5 cm )
Marks: 
stamped: (1), front of button: "USA" (Continental Army; thin pewter face; officer's coat button) stamped: (2-5), front: "USA" (Continental Army) stamped: (6), front: "1" (probably the 1st Connecticut Regiment; coat) stamped: (7), front: "2" (probably 2
Description: 
Pewter, brass, or silver buttons; three brass buttons are decorated with floral designs; one pewter button has a beaded design; one pewter disk has an engraved inscription on front and a scalloped edge; military buttons have the number, emblem, or symbol of their regiment on front: three buttons have a thin brass face with a cannon and a flying flag with a Union Jack in the upper left corner; another brass button has a thin face with a mortar; one button has a wood back and a thin silver face with two crossed swords at bottom below the regiment number; another button has a wood back and a thin pewter face; all other military buttons are solid pewter.
Gallery Label: 
These buttons were excavated by the Field Exploration Committee at forts and camps in New York City and in the Hudson Highlands of New York. Most of the buttons were worn on the uniforms of Continental Army officers and privates who garrisoned West Point and other camps in the Highlands. The officers' buttons were manufactured in France. A button worn by a New Jersey private was found at 195th Street and Broadway, near a British Army sanitary camp at 196th Street and Broadway.
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group