Overall: 1/4 x 3/4 in. ( 0.6 x 1.9 cm )
printed: on front of lapel stud: "HARRY HOWARD/BORN AUG/20/1822/DIED/FEB. 6 96" written: on back of card attached to stud: "M.A. #2381/Gift of Wm. M...." (last name cut off)
Circular metal lapel stud with shank and circular backing; front of stud covered with a brown fabric and printed: "HARRY HOWARD/BORN AUG/20/1822/DIED/FEB. 6 96".
Harry Howard (1822-1896) was Chief Engineer of the New York Volunteer Fire Department from 1857 to 1860. This lapel stud was probably worn as a symbol of mourning after Howard's death in 1896.
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.