Butternut Pin

Collection Type

  • Jewelry

Date

1861-1865

GUSN

GUSN-102133

Description

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

Details

Descriptive Terms

pins (jewelry)
nut (plant material)
Pin, Clothing
Brooch
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.

Additional Identification Number

1584

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Maker

Unknown

Object Type

Clothing; Clothing Accessories

Dimensions

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

Accession Number

1924.775