Badge of the Society of the Cincinnati
Silk, gold, enamel
badge (and ribbon): 4 3/4 x 1 1/2 in. (12.1 x 3.8 cm)
Badge of the Society of Cincinnati consisting of metal clasp with silk ribbon of pale blue with white edges, attached by squared gold bracket to badge in the form of an eagle with outstretched wings and a wreath around his head; obverse has eagle head facing left, and oval plaque at center of eagle with enameled image of Cincinnatus receiving a sword; reverse has eagle head facing right and enameled plaque at center with scene of city and Cincinnatus in foreground; eagle, plaque and portion of wreath decorated with enamels; plaques with Latin inscriptions around perimeter of oval.
Gift of Mr. Herbert Barber Howe
written: on reverse of enamel plaque: "SOCIETAS : CINCINNATORUM : INSTITUTA : AD : 1783"
written: on obverse of enamel plaque: "OMNIA : RELINQUIT : SERVARE : REMPUBLICAM"
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