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Label

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 features Washington's cipher surrounded by the salute "Long Live the President," the phrase pronounced by Robert Livingston after administering the oath of office to Washington on April 30, 1789 at Federal Hall in New York.

Description

Circular copper alloy button; stamped design with dotted script cipher "GW" in central circle encircled by a circular band around the rim with the words "LONG LIVE THE PRESIDENT" with the three spaces between the words filled with a dot and a device of a six-pointed star surrounded by a circle of twelve tiny stars placed between the first and last words of the phrase; both the central circle and rim band have a stippled background; plain edge; reverse plain with brazen alpha shank.

Date

c. 1789-1797


Geography


Material/Technique

Copper alloy


Dimensions

Overall: 3/8 in. x 1 7/16 in. x 1 7/16 in. (0.97 cm x 3.63 cm x 3.63 cm)


Credit Line

Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Stanley DeForest Scott, 2005


Object Number

M-4395


Colors (Beta)


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