George Washington was always attentive to the details of his wardrobe. Shortly before his retirement from the presidency, he acquired a new pair of gold enameled sleeve buttons of which this example is one. Sleeve buttons, early versions of cuff links, were used to fasten the cuffs of a gentleman's shirt. Though these were often hidden from sight by the sleeve of Washington's coat, their sleek enamel surfaces punctuated by abstract gold accents presented a fine example of the jeweler's art. More


c. 1797




Gold, enamel


Overall: 3/4 in. x 1 in. x 3/8 in. (1.91 cm x 2.54 cm x 0.97 cm)


Purchased with funds provided by the Regent, Vice Regents, and Vice Regents Emeritae of the Mount Vernon Ladies' Association in honor of James C. Rees and in appreciation of his many years of dedication and service, 2008

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