American military buttons (16) excavated at Fort George

American military buttons (16) excavated at Fort George
Title
American military buttons (16) excavated at Fort George
Date 
1808-1812
Medium 
Lead
Dimensions 
Overall: 3/4 in. ( 1.9 cm )
Description 
Lead military buttons; one button has an eagle grasping an oval border which encloses a regiment number; fourteen have a foliate inscription in the center above a small oval, two of the buttons have a regiment number inside the oval and eight have a star inside.
Object Number 
INV.6195.15-30
Marks 
stamped: (15), front of button: "US" (General service button used by regular army and militia; c. 1808-1812) stamped: (16-17), front: "I/9" (9th Infantry Regiment; 1812; foliate script) stamped: (18), front: "...RT" (U.S. Infantry Regiment; eagle; 1811) stamped: (19-26), front: "I" (General service button used by army and militia; 1812; foliate script and star) stamped: (27-30), front: "I" (foliate script; general service or infantry; 1812)
Gallery Label 
These buttons were excavated by the Field Exploration Committee at Fort George, a British fort at Niagara-on-the-Lake on the Niagara River in Ontario, Canada. Built in 1795, the fort was captured by American forces on May 27, 1813, and occupied by them until December. The large buttons (Nos. 15-19, 27, 29-30) were worn on privates' coats.
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group