George Washington Inaugural Copper Engraved Button Comes to Auction

This magnificent 18th-century George Washington inaugural copper engraved button is from the renowned collection of Harry Case, widely considered the world’s foremost expert on colonial buttons. It is one of only six known examples to exist, and experts believe it was custom-made by a jeweler at the time.

Indeed, the button’s exquisite engraving and pristine condition are a testament to its craftsmanship. In 2003, one of the six known examples sold at auction for $17,000. This button is pictured in J. Harold Cobb’s seminal work, “George Washington Inaugural Buttons and Medalets, 1789-1793.” Cobb was a peer of Dewey Albert, another renowned expert on the subject.

This exceptionally rare button is a unique opportunity to acquire a piece of American history and a prized collector’s item.

The George Washington Inaugural Button will be at auction on November 9th by Lion and Unicorn Auction House in Hollywood, FL. The Inaugural Button will be accompanied by over 1,000 lots of vintage and antique buttons.

For more information on the George Washington Inaugural Button, contact our expert Bruce Beck and he will provide more photography and provenance.

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