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Very rare and hard to find, Official Diplomat button,(OD27 Albert's book). Huge 34 mm button, non- excavated, flat two piece, silver plated button, made just @ 1800 to 1820. Very early for a two piece, very high quality, and in almost pristine condition front and back. The front, on a plain flat field, in high relief, depicts one of the earliest designs put forth for the Federal Eagle. This eagle is one of the designs the Scottish - Rite Masons offered during the Federal Government's pursuit to adopt new official insignias. The buttons pattern depicts a Phoenix- Type Spread Wing Eagle facing right. There is a Thirteen Stripe Federal Shield over the Eagle's chest. In the Eagle's left talon is a small bundle of 5 Scottish Thistles. In the Eagle's right talon is a short stem 5 Petal Olive Branch. above the Eagle's head is 13 Five Pointed American Stars. More than likely French made. The French are United States allies during the Glorious Revolution and supported the Patriots during the American Revolution. The back is blank, and flat, with a copper loop shank. The shank is original and intact. For further information on this rare button visit the Robert J. Silverstein Collection, over at his George Washington Inaugural button site.
Backmark: ""Blank Back"(34mm)
There is one other for sale i could find, not as nice, no providence, and for more money. This is a great buy
Prior collection of the long time collection of Donald G. Partrick, recently sold off at Heritage Auctions, 12/06/2020 .
Ref: Albert-OD27 -