Label

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.

Description

Circular copper alloy button; stamped with the motto "LONG LIVE THE PRESIDENT" around the outer edge encircling a ring of fifteen six-pointed stars; plain edge; plain reverse with brazed alpha shank.

Date

c. 1791-1796


Geography


Material/Technique

Copper alloy


Dimensions

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


Credit Line

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


Object Number

M-4371


Colors (Beta)


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