Framed set of American military buttons (41)

Object Number: 
INV.6218.1-41
Date: 
1798-1826
Medium: 
Lead, bronze, brass, pewter, silver
Dimensions: 
largest: 1 in. ( 2.5 cm )
Marks: 
stamped: (1), on front, inside scroll: "E PLURIBUS UNUM" ; at top: "U.S.I."; at bottom: "REGT" (silver-plated officer's coat button, U.S. Infantry) stamped: (2), front: "ARTILLERY/ REGT" (Artillery Militia, 1826; eagle and cannon design; coat) stamped:
Description: 
Lead, brass, bronze, silver, or pewter military buttons; buttons have the emblem, number, or symbol of their regiment on front; seventeen buttons have a foliate emblem in center, above a regiment number or star enclosed in an oval border at bottom; eight buttons have an eagle perching atop a cannon; seven have only foliate or other inscriptions; two have a regiment number in center encircled by an inscription on the edge of the button; one button has an eagle grasping arrows with one claw, with a shield on its breast enclosing a foliate inscription; a silver button has an eagle in center with a shield on its breast: the eagle grasps an olive branch with one claw and an arrow with the other, above the eagle is an inscription inside a scroll, and the regiment name is at the top and bottom of the button; three other buttons have eagles, with a star or number enclosed in an oval border below the eagle at bottom.
Gallery Label: 
These buttons were excavated by the Field Exploration Committee at various sites along the Niagara River in Canada, including Forts Erie, George, and Chippewa. They were worn on the coats and vests of United States infantry, artillery, and militiamen who served in the area during the War of 1812, or were stationed along the border after the war ended.
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group