– The New Website Will Be Back online in the Spring of 2015 -
Welcome to Isabela’s George Washington Inaugural button website. This website is not only going to study GWI buttons, but post-colonial U.S. Military buttons, and various 18th Century engraved objects. Through years of research into these historical GWI buttons, I found it just as important to study all the various engraved arts from the different cultures around the world. So this site will have a multitude of 17th & 18th century engraved objects that have associated links of symbolism to the various ancient cultures around the world. I found it necessary to study all ancient engraved objects to unlock the hidden symbolism that is secretly embedded in George Washington Inaugural, New Nation Tribute, and Jacobite Secret Society buttons. As I studied all these various ancient engraved objects, I found the information and skills within the art of engraving to be tightly controlled by religions, birthrights-bloodlines, and Freemason guilds. So, not only will we study these adjacent engraved fields, but we will also have to briefly look into the men’s lives who created these engraved objects. I found it necessary to expand the study of the engraving arts into family bloodlines, nationality allegiances and religious beliefs. So, I will try to provide as much historical and pertinent information of each engraved artifact as I add it into my library’s reference section. I will be happy to work with any knowledgable person or button enthusiast that can offer their knowledge in their specialty field of engraving. Your picture contributions and information will help me create a worldwide public database that will enhance the knowledge of ancient engravings in various items. I will do my best to provide the most accurate information on any known engravings, makers, or manufactures. So, all collectors and researchers should note, this website is a “Work in Progress”, and I will update the website’s sections as new information presents itself. I specifically designed this website to be user friendly and completely interactive between others and myself researchers. So, if your a treasure hunter and find a really neat historical button or engraved object on a dig, or someone just looking to find out some historical information of interest, just shoot me a quick call or e-mail if you can not find it within the section of interest.
I know people are very hesitant to share their own secret wealth of unknown knowledge. Obtaining this information is often the result of one’s obsessive passion which is usually at the cost of both personal and their family sacrifice. Some of you know exactly what I am saying as I utter the words repeatedly night after night, “God Bless my wife Debra and my daughter Isabela for their patience and understanding”. But this is the heavy burden obsessive researcher like myself live with day after day. I do not know If I can change your mind or attitude in the Spirit of Sharing with the world’s internet community with little reward or recognition; but let me say I understand the feeling of your selfishness that your personal sacrifice should not go free without a price! This is just another morality reminder of what our society has become with the selfishness of our own personal egos and greed. How often we are quick to condemn others for there untrustworthy actions, but we only contribute in ways we feel are acceptable to the false limits we place. So aside from ones own moral degradation in the Spirit of sharing, let me tell you what the real price is. It your children and your grandchildren’s future in knowing the real truth and not what others say is the truth in your hobby. You see, I understand this important point all too well, because I am fortunate enough to have stumbled upon unknown information through years of long study, which was at the cost of personal family sacrifice. To put it mildly, years of unnecessary roadblocks or false paths of incorrect information by scholars that was intentionally or inadvertently put in place. One can only use conjecture to surmise if this inaccurate information was to distract us or point us away in the wrong direction from the truth. This is the true cost of the future collectors in our favorite hobbies or areas of study. So for this reason I labor painlessly with some error, but in the correct Spirit of sharing knowledge for the advancement of truth in the hobby I have come to passionately love. So the next time your kids ask how much longer or your wife asks you when your coming to bed, let them be proud knowing that you are contributing outside of your own selfish pursuit to help better our society in the hobby community. – Robert J. Silverstein
Listed below are the various George Washington Inaugural buttons, Post-Colonial U.S. Military buttons, and 17th & 18th century engraved objects. All the various buttons and engraved objects are displayed within it’s own boxed section. When you click on the artifact section you are interested in, it will lead into the pages containing either all the known example types, or the examples I have been able to upload so far. I will do my best to provide you with the best quality photos utilizing real specimens from either my own collection or other people’s submissions. So, this should help you easily identify the various engraved objects from the website’s archives straightforward and uncomplicated. Most sections will not have reproductions, but some sections will. I believe it is important for collectors and researchers to study both! Just remember to check the site often because collectors are constantly contributing information and pictures from their own collections. Also, metal detector enthusiasts have been graciously offering pictures of their new finds. One last note, anyone who own a George Washington Inaugural button I ask that you please take a few minutes and photo your button. I am trying to catalog every known specimen to exist! Since I began collecting GWI buttons 20 years ago there was only 650 known. By tracking over the years all the specimens that were either sold in auctions or private sales, I estimate there are around 1350. My goal for this website is to make the GWI library complete one day for future collectors, and also attract new collectors into the field of GWI button collecting. Just remember once again, it is only with your help with contributions of information and pictures that I can turn this web site’s library into a valuable tool for all future American Political Button collectors and researchers of engraved historical memorabilia.