Butternut Pin

Collection Type

  • Jewelry

Date

1861-1862

GUSN

GUSN-102129

Description

Carved butternut brooch with metal pin and hook on reverse. Tag reads (erroneously) that the brooch was carved from a peach stone.

Details

Descriptive Terms

pins (jewelry)
Brooch

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.

Inscription

"Carved from a peach / stone by / Morton W. Brown / 1839-1862" (Ink)

Additional Identification Number

1580

Maker

Brown, Morton Winthrop (Maker)

Location of Origin

American

Dimensions

15/16 in x 15/16 in x 3/16 in (HxWxD) (inches)

Credit Line

Gift of Miss Mabel Josselyn

Accession Number

1941.146

Exhibition Notes

"Jewelry at Historic New England," Online exhibit presented by Historic New England launched September 30, 2007 at www.historicnewengland.org/jewelryhistory/.

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