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1798-1802 One piece #2 United States Infantry Regimental Coat Button
Item #: 17sab
Here is a extremely nice excavated button. One piece pewter, 2nd regiment coat button from 1798- 1802 period. This buttons condition is rarely encountered, no flaking, no edge loss and very clear, crisp, defined front. Has the "UNITED STATES", encircling the regimental number, with border. Does have a deep X scratch to it, that was I am sure intentionally done. Who knows why. The back also is in very good condition although it has lost its loop shank. The 2nd regiment button is not all that rare ,but the condition of this one is. Hard to find any better. In 1798, there were only four existing regiments of infantry. With war looming with France it was expanded, by 12 more regiments, to 16 total regiments. Thousands were made, but the button was short lived as a new style with eagle was about to come out.
Backmark: ""Blank Back"(19mm)
Ref: Albert-GI28 R2
Prior collection Donald G. PartrickThis is 1 of the 27 regimental buttons I purchased from the Donald G. Partrick collection, recently sold off at Heritage Auctions. They are also some of the earliest, I believe dug buttons, as there condition shows, most of which were probably dug up in the northern states area, by very early collectors, before the big cities were built.
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