~ GWI 24 A ~
The Heraldic Eagle W/ Inverted Diamond Shaped indentees
Certain GWI Button Sections will be Closed To The Public Until May 2015
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 will now include Dale Hawley and Gary Gianotti. I created this website to be an early American Button & Artifact data bank to help fellow collectors enhance and share their knowledge while studying and building their own collections. I feel there is a need to modernize the hobby of button collecting; and it is my hopes that providing a descriptive pictured data base of known examples will be the solution that button enthusiasts need to promote and enhance the hobby. The library’s goal will be to help Metal Detector Hobbyists, Researchers, and Button Collectors keep up with changes in information, and enable them to study real pictured specimens instead of relying on old fashioned book drawings with inaccurate or outdated information. It is also the library’s goal to help promote the hobby of button collecting for new comers by having a fun way of studying buttons. As I studied the various patterns on these inaugural buttons, I found it necessary to branch off and study several early Artisan related artifacts. This cross-examination allowed me to compile new or little known information of the buttons true designs roots and meanings behind it’s symbolism. So, this website’s library will now include other 18th Century engraved artifacts along with Post-Colonial Political and Military buttons.
“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.