Overall: 3/4 in. ( 1.9 cm )
Dome-shaped brass button; female figure holding staff, and standing over another figure in center.
stamped: front: "CADET/SIC SEMPER TYRANNIS/V.M.I." (Virginia Military Institute); back: "FIRMIN & SONS/LONDON"
This button was worn on the uniform of a cadet at the Virginia Military Institute, probably before or during the Civil War.
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.