2020-09 Putnal
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Maryland coat button manufactured by Scovill M'f Co. Waterbury with old, war-date conversion for use as a brooch. This example was made as a "keep sake" by a Maryland soldier who did not want to be forgotten by a female friend. It was typical in many cases before leaving for war for a soldier to cut a button from his coat and give it to a friend or sweet heart as a token of remembrance. And often, while on campaign, soldiers of both sides struck up friendships in the towns they passed through and camped near. Numerous accounts of soldiers cutting the buttons from their uniforms as a token of appreciation and esteem can be found in the soldier's letters and diaries. This Maryland button is no doubt an example of just such one occasion which is now sadly and perhaps even ironically now forgotten! Near fine with pin clasp missing. From the estate of a Confederate veteran from the Shenandoah Valley.
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Maryland Button Converted Into Use As A Brooch Pin Keep Sake.

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