Butternut Pin

Collection Type

  • Jewelry






Carved cross-section of a butternut.


Descriptive Terms

pins (jewelry)


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.

Additional Identification Number





1 x 1 1/8 x 1/4 (HxWxD) (inches)

Credit Line

Gift of Ellen A. Robbins Stone

Accession Number


Reference Notes

For more information on the Robbins family see Simons, D. Brenton and Peter Benes, "The Art of Family: Genealogical Artifacts in New England," "Preserving a Legacy," by Jane Cayford Nylander (2002): 201-221.

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