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1935.412 (RS5137)

Description

Round brass button with eagle holding a shield with an anchor surrounded by sixteen stars, set in a round gilded molded wood frame on a black ground, mounted in a album page.

Details

Maker
unknown
Date
1814-1816
Inscriptions
"Samuel Thwing. Brother of Supply Clap Thwing. Miniature by artist / unknown. He was born in Boston September 16, 1796. / A midshipman in 1814, and fought in the Battle of Lake / Champlain with so much gallantry that Congress presented / him with a sword. Some letters relating to his service, / and a button in a frame that was on his coat. He died / in 1818 of typhoid fever contracted in the war." (Paper label)
Location of origin
American
Material
brass (alloy)
glass (material)
Object type
Clothing -- Accessory
Descriptive terms
brass (alloy)
BUTTON
buttons (fasteners)
glass (material)
People and organizations
Thwing, Samuel, 1769-1810
Dimensions
3 in (diameter) (inches)
Accession Number
1935.412
GUSN
103975
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Title Miniature portrait of Samuel Thwing wearing his uniform. Accession number 1935.411

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