~ GWI 24 A ~
The Heraldic Eagle W/ Inverted Diamond Shaped indentees
Certain GWI Button Sections will be Closed Temporarly
Hello and welcome to Isabela’s George Washington Inaugural buttons website. My name is Robert Silverstein, and I am the Author, Creator, and Developer for this Library of early American buttons & engraved objects. Co-Contributors with their own research include Dale Hawley and Gary Gianotti. They look into the meanings behind symbols we find in 18th Century engraved objects and buttons. With their help, I was able to unlock symbols that were hidden with alternate intent. These include artifacts that are cherished as our nation. The main goal of this website is to be an early American Button & Artifact library to help fellow collectors learn about these socially prominent Philadelphia Artisans. They were brethren who were morally enlightened during this colonial era. They had a 1st hand education since early childhood into European Royal lineages and ancient cultures from the beginnings of civilization. They used their skilled art abilities in the engraving to reflect their knowledge. As a sort of platform they used Mason symbols like the Eye of Providence or Grand Design theme as an underlying base for the thought of all people to prosper and move forward as one for the betterment of the human race. So, we will study all these engraved artifacts of they colonial period that reflect America’s symbols that have roots from the Royal European families that can be traced back as far back as the 12 Tribes of Israel to the Merovingian Kings lineage; which turned into the 18th Century Kings of France, Scotland, and England. They included sacred religious depictions in relation to ancient cultures like Egypt, Greece, and Rome to help make social statements. This turned into a propaganda avenue during the war. It allowed prominent families through engraved artifacts and buttons to advance the patriot’s cause during their struggle with British. Then for the British against the French. One can say these are the values our founding fathers thought were important enough to base our new countries social and economic structure on to continue into the future. So, one can conclude is that these Philadelphia engravers along with our founding fathers understood the Grand Provenance idea for the betterment of society and it was carried through their engraving work by means of Artisan Guilds. In retrospect, these skilled artisans controlled the white collar business infrastructure of America in their various commissioned engravings. Just as the blue collar stone Masons controlled the building of America. Below are the Artisans names who engraved the George Washington inaugural button steel dies which were either sent to England for manufacturing or kept here for limited manufacturing.
“Lux et Lux Fuit”
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 or as a link on the top of the homes page. 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 straight forward and uncomplicated. Most sections will not have reproductions, but we do illustrate Anniversary celebratory buttons in it’s own section. 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.
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