George Washington's inauguration as the first president of the United States inspired enterprising craftsman to issue commemorative buttons with patriotic designs. This coat button is stamped with the eagle and shield of the Great Seal of the United States below a radiant sun. The surrounding motto, "Memorable Era March the Fourth 1789" refers to the date that was originally set for the commencement of the new government under the Constitution. In fact, Washington did not take the oath of office until April 30, 1789. More

Date

c. 1789


Geography


Material/Technique

Brass


Dimensions

Overall: 1/8 in. x 1 3/8 in. x 1 3/8 in. (0.33 cm x 3.51 cm x 3.51 cm)


Credit

Gift of Elizabeth Montgomery Sharpe, 1907


Object Number

M-1218


Colors


Mount Vernon's object research is ongoing and information about this object is subject to change. For information on image use and reproductions, click here.
Buy Tickets What to See Calendar Shop Restaurant Donate Membership
Estate Hours

Open today from 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

iconDirections & Parking
buy tickets online & save