A little about myself:
My name is Robert James Silverstein, I received my Bachelors of Science Degree in Political Science from The Pennsylvania State University in 1989. I studied the formation of early State Governments in the 13 Colonies, and the lead into the establishment of the American Federal government in 1789. My main emphases was on the development of the colonial business infrastructure outside of agriculture. This structure of aristocratic governance led me on a path to study and understand the role of the Scottish-Rite neighborhood lodges and how their Masonic Constitution was drafted into the U.S. Constitution. In the pursuit of profit, the so-called white collar business infrastructure in the colonies was created by foreign families with Royal influential ties to the French, Dutch, Scottish, German, and English Crown. Some of these families were had direct Royal bloodlines. Only the educated exiled Scottish Royal families and their supporters were set apart from the established French and British Empire’s governance. People say the American Revolution was an extension of the British’s Seven Years War with the France, but in truth it comes from an earlier time and is an extension of Scotland’s Glorious Revolution with the dethronement of King James. It was those individuals of Scottish Royal bloodlines that flee’d to their in-direct bloodline’s in other countries including America. Hopefully, you will enjoy my library of buttons, and take the journey back in history with me to uncover little known or forgotten facts. I will illustrate and decipher hidden meanings in American buttons which has overlapping historical meanings. I will make mistakes in my work, and replace theories as new evidence presents itself. But to my knowledge, no person has done this kind of extensive historical research.
I have live in New Windsor, N.Y.. It is one of the major Revolutionary War areas in the Hudson Valley Region. I spend most of my recreational time with my daughter Isabela, and collecting early American Political & Military buttons. I love to research and learn about the origins of the ancient symbols secretly placed on George Washington Inaugural, New Nation Tribute, and King & Constitution buttons. I have done some other hands-on American Revolutionary War Relic research besides buttons on the various Revolutionary War sites in New York and New Jersey. I like to talk and work with historians, button collectors, and metal detector enthusiasts about their finds, and then post my learning experiences to my library’s website. I have given several speeches on GW buttons at Revolutionary War historical houses, and Masonic lodges. My main goal is to share my passion and enthusiasm in promoting the hobby of button collecting to our younger generation.
~ Button Sales & Service ~
The Sale of George Washington Inaugurals, New Nation Tribute, Jacobvite, and Revolutionary War Buttons
I would like to supply a service to any collectors who would like to confirm, certify, and get a Certificate of Authenticity for their George Washington or New Nation Tribute button. I can either do a single button or a whole collection. There will be an additional evaluation letter accompanied with the certificate of authenticity. My evaluation will be completely objective, and completely biased toward the button’s present condition. Collectors should note that these COA letters are not intended to be used to increase the value of their button in the secondary market. All GW buttons with or without a letter COA will obtain it’s value from the current market. It should be noted by collectors that these historical buttons do fluctuate in price. Current market price depends on several factors. First, is the rarity of the button as well as if it is a dug or non-dug specimen. This service should be strictly seen and used for the knowledge of the client. The service includes: A letter of Authenticity from Isabela’s GW Buttons, an evaluation letter that is customized specifically to your button’s present condition, a free web-site listing on Isabela’s George Washington Inaugural Buttons, and a Capsule. You will also be given your choice of either a black or white cushion inside the plastic capsule, and also the option if you would prefer the capsule to be sealed or un-sealed. If multiple buttons are sent in, you will be given the option of purchasing and receiving all your buttons encapsulated in your choice of Button Display. The COA will also have a professionally photographed picture by our web site of your button along with the current owner’s name and address. The button’s past history will only be included within the letter of COA if the historical precedence is known or documented in the past. A collector may request an estimate of value, but is not included in the letter of Authenticity.
If you decide to sell your historical button to either Isabela’s GW Inaugural Button website, or one of our Presidential member collectors immediately or in the future, your evaluation service fee will be refunded, and added into the purchase price as a Bonus. We often get metal detector enthusiasts who find a button and would like to sell it, or a family member inherited it from a loved one and is not collectors themselves. We invite these people to sell their buttons to our collectors since there is a very limited pool for the people that have an interest in collecting these types of buttons. Most of our button sales come from people who found a button metal detecting, and then prized it for a month or two, and after the excitement waned they opted for the cash since their not collectors themselves. Keeping a Single button hurts the serious collector by keeping the supply to a limited number, Unfortunately this fact has also depressed the values!
There will be “No Commission Charged” by Isabela’s website and should be considered a Free Service to both the buyer and seller. We offer this Free Service to our Presidential Members so they would not have to pay the high price sales commissions that are associated with listing fees and auction fees. Our intent is to help build collections for our members by limiting the over all costs with building their collections. For sellers they save enormously by not giving up 18%-22% of their realized price. This saving is enormous and should not be undervalued by the Greed of an expected price. As of date, all sellers have found they received a higher premium for their button then they would have received from an auction service; along with a faster turn-around for listing and payment. So the benefits are more geared for sellers then buyers because of service fees.
First, you must decide the price you are willing to accept as a fair market value for your button. Then send us a clear photo of the button’s front and back so we can determine the price you want is fair. This is done by using other specimens sold that equal your buttons condition. If our member-collectors believe it is fair priced you, we will invite you to sell it to our website member collectors. If the price is agreed upon by both parties, you simply send your button into the web site address for the final sale. Once your button is recieved in the mail, payment is sent out immediately by mail or PayPal. As of Sept 2014, every button accepted for sale by this website has sold within 3-days, and sellers has received payment within “1” week! Our sales success usually is determined on the price and the condition first which usually means our buyers are aligned before the button arrives. Please feel free to call or email ask any questions you have. -Robert J. Silverstein