On August 12, 1775, American Captain William Bradford seized the British transport ship Hope on the Delaware River. The ship contained 7,500 suits of clothing and other apparel destined for the 22nd British Foot Regiment stationed in Boston. Washington recommended the uniforms be used to outfit American troops. Continental Congress approved and this officer's button was among the "…21 groce Large Buttons, 59 do Small ditto, [and] A bundle Containing Buttons" sent to his headquarters that month.


Circular button with slightly domed face with stamped decoration of eight overlapping basketweave bands around the edge surrounding a smaller circle with similar basketweave bands enclosing the number "22"; backed with bone; remnants of linen thread in four button holes.


c. 1775



Brass, bone


Overall: 7/8 in. x 7/8 in. x 1/4 in. (2.22 cm x 2.22 cm x 0.64 cm)

Credit Line

Gift of Mrs. M.L.Shaffer and Charles C. Krumbhaar, Jr., 1955

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Colors (Beta)

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