The George Washington Inaugural button Portion of the Website is a Club for Invited Members Only
The Early Military Button Portion is Open To The Public. All Submissions Are Welcome.
I would like to officially Welcome aboard Gary Gianotti. He has helped me numerous times in understanding the symbolism depicted on George Washington & New Nation Tribute buttons in relations to Masonry, Jacobite Family Lineage & Ancient Cultures. I asked Gary to contribute a series of articles on a PDF format under his own link section at the top entitled: ~ Ancient Depictions Reveled ~ I hope you enjoy his new addition to my website. My hopes is that his new section will advances your understanding of 18th century engraved objects and the Freemason’s cherished culture behind them.
Sunday-March 28th 2015 will include: New Continental Navy Button / 2 Rattlesnakes Sub variant addition / 2 GW Mourning button additions/ GWI 2 Open to public /GWI 7 in Draft open to public. Started George Washington Spy Buttons Section for launch in 3rd Wk of April. May is going to have our new Digger’s Corner with uploaded You-Tube video’s of your finds! Plus we are going to introduce our New Mobil Web engraved object identifier. You take a quick cell phone pic and send it in.
Hello and welcome to Isabela’s George Washington Inaugural buttons website. My name is Robert Silverstein and I am the creator, developer, and Librarian for this site. I created this website to help serious collectors study GWI buttons, Post-Colonial U.S. Military buttons, and various 18th Century guild commissioned engraved objects. I found it necessary to branch off of buttons into the study of all engraved 18th century objects. This was the key in helping me unlock the symbols that was crafted in inaugural buttons. So, this site will now show any cross-relevant 17th & 18th century engraved object.
As I studied all these various ancient engraved objects, I found the skills needed within the art of engraving to be tightly controlled by family bloodline artists, and guilds that had Freemason association. So, not only will we study these adjacent engraved fields from all over the world, but we will also have to briefly look into the men’s lives who created these engraved objects. We will look at their heritages and their use of ancient depictions for symbolic meanings. As with all buttons, I will try to provide as much historical and pertinent information of each engraved artifact as I add it into my web site’s library. I will also be happy to work with any knowledgable person or button enthusiast that can offer their knowledge and insight into 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 some kind of 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.
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.
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The Isabela Collection