Framed set of American military buttons (41) excavated at Fort George
Pewter, bronze, brass
largest: 3/4 in. ( 1.9 cm )
stamped: (59-75), on front: "U.S." (General service button; army or militia; c. 1808; coat and vest buttons) stamped: (76-82), on front: "I" (foliate script with star; general service button; c. 1812; six vest and one coat) stamped: (83), on front: "LD"
Pewter, bronze, or brass military buttons; buttons have the number, symbol, or emblem of their regiment on front; one bronze button has an eagle with a shield on its breast enclosing a foliate inscription: the eagle grasps an olive branch with one claw and three arrows with the other; another bronze button has its regiment name enclosed by a bugle; fourteen pewter buttons have a foliate inscription in center above an oval enclosing a number or star at bottom; five pewter buttons have an eagle in center above an oval enclosing a number at bottom; one pewter button has its regiment number in center, encircled by an inscription on the edge of the button; one pewter and one brass button have foliate inscriptions with no numbers or symbols; seventeen others are inscribed.
These buttons were excavated by the Field Exploration Committee at Fort George, a British fort at Niagara-on-the-Lake on the Niagara River in Ontario, Canada. Built in 1795, the fort was captured by American forces on May 27, 1813, and occupied until December. The buttons were worn on the vests and coats of American privates who were stationed at the fort during its brief American occupation.
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