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Butternut Pin

1924.775 (RS6926)

Description

Carved cross-section of a butternut, with metal pin and hook on reverse.

Details

Label
Butternut pins were worn during the Civil War by a faction of Northern Democrats called Copperheads or Butternuts who believed that the federal government did not have the right to stop a state from succeeding from the Union. The butternut was chosen because the color of some Confederate uniforms were dyed a butternut color and as a result Confederate soldiers were called "butternuts." Also, when the butternut was cut in half it showed two joined hearts which could not be separated by law or war.<br/>
Maker
unknown
Date
1861-1865
Material
nut (plant material)
Object type
Clothing; Clothing Accessories
Descriptive terms
Brooch
nut (plant material)
Pin, Clothing
pins (jewelry)
Dimensions
1 x 1 1/8 x 1/4 (HxWxD) (inches)
Accession Number
1924.775
GUSN
102133
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