This agate 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 his formal coats. The white and brown striations in the stone would have offered a sharp visual contrast and compliment to the black velvet suits he often wore during his presidential years.

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


Agate stud with silver boss at center; polished domed face on the obverse; flat surface on the reverse; cast silver shank terminating in a flat circle 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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