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American military buttons (16) excavated at Fort George

Object Number: 
INV.6195.15-30
Date: 
1808-1812
Medium: 
Lead
Dimensions: 
Overall: 3/4 in. ( 1.9 cm )
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)
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.
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