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This agate stud-backed button with a silver boss was among a larger set owned by George Washington. Originally numbering a dozen or more, the semi-opaque hemisphere of precious stone offered a unique embellishment to one of Washington's formal coats. The white and brown striations in the stone would have offered a sharp visual contrast and compliment to the black velvet that Washington often wore during his presidential years. Following Washington's death in 1799, his agate buttons joined many others removed from his clothing and preserved by family members and admirers.

See also buttons, W-2343/A, B, D, W-943, and W-2344/A&B, and gold brooch, W-2777.


Agate button with silver boss at center; polished domed face on the obverse; flat surface on the reverse; silver loop shank projecting from the rear.





Agate, silver


Overall: 1 1/4 in. x 1 1/4 in. x 5/8 in. (3.18 cm x 3.18 cm x 1.59 cm)

Credit Line

Gift of Mary Lee Bowman and Robert E. Lee IV, 1985

Object Number


Colors (Beta)

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