Enterprising craftsmen promoted the popularity of the president of the United States by issuing commemorative clothing buttons with patriotic designs. This example celebrated both George Washington and the young nation's expansion. It features the salute "Long Live the President" around a ring of stars representing the fifteen states. Congress resolved to admit Kentucky as the fifteenth state to the union in 1791. More


c. 1791-1796



Copper alloy


Overall: 5/16 in. x 5/8 in. x 5/8 in. (0.79 cm x 1.6 cm x 1.6 cm)


Purchased by the A. Alfred Taubman Acquisition Endowment Fund, 2004
Conservation courtesy of the Life Guard Society of Historic Mount Vernon

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