Allusion or does the evidence show how the the Scottish Revolutionaries Networked for a New Republic?
As far as George Washington inaugural and New Nation Tribute buttons are concerned, the button’s depict engravings with Hebrew based Christian symbols that grants authority from God. These GW inaugurals and NNT buttons were all made in England for the American market. Very few were made in America because of the lack of manufacturing and raw materials. Historically, unknown to the button collector community there ended up being a second Secret Set of George Washington inaugurals and New Nation tribute buttons. From my research, I have come to believe that this set was constructed purposefully by these Scottish Artisans for George Washington and his Council of Revolutionaries. This set would not be used as the English originals for propaganda use, but to note key positions for Washington and his council to move their agenda forward. These Special GW’s and NNT buttons should be seen as the 1st, and only time in history that the engravers secretly placed symbols which were used within their Scottish-Rite Masonic lodges. It was common for engravers of the time to place their engraver’s mark on their items, but never any Scottish Royal or Masonic symbols. This could be seen as a window into the Jacobite Revolutionaries personal lifestyles and their practiced traditions. These symbols that are depicted on the buttons clearly reference ancient Egypt, Rome, as well as Christian and Hebrew religions. Only conjecture can give way to speculation, but my guess is that they were trying to rise to a level of Royal representation with the sanction of religious authority. No better way to infuse a government with insignia.
As I magnified, studied, and researched this second set of GW inaugurals and NNT buttons, I found these specific specimens had Artisan engraver marks unlike the ones made in England. Don’t get confused, these artisans would have been responsible for the original propaganda set made in England for the American market; but this Special 2nd set happens to have the engraver’s mark, as well as the Scottish-Rite’s use of Scottish Royal symbols from Ancient times. Our research led us to conclude that the Special (2nd set) 1789-97 celebratory button dies were the works of Robert Scot of Edinburg, Scotland, and his guild of Philadelphia Artisans! These were all Pro-Scottish American Artisans that were determined to use their history to shape the New Republic. This should be seen as a positive network by the Scottish culture who utilized their heritage to give America it’s footings in infancy. Their use of Scottish history would be natural, and supported because of the shared common denominators of their local churches, neighborhood Scottish-Rite lodges, and in the entranced-barred guilds in which they worked.
The Artisans in England who made replacement dies, and then later replacement dies will be nameless in history unless some person with record information comes forward.
Collectors should also note that wearing Lodge-Based Motif Propaganda Buttons / Pins is a customary practice even today, and this custom can be traced back to the earlier 17th century lodges in Scotland and England. In past centuries lodge members would trim their jackets with specialized buttons as a fashionable political or social statement. Today their motifs usually just represent the lodge’s chosen historical motif or geographical area (My lodge uses the Hudson River & Minuteman depiction). In the late 18th century, a Scottish-Rite Jacobite would look at it as a tribute to their hard earned victory for a New Republic in America, and also view George Washington as a respected Brother, and a humble President who was also newly elected a Worshipful-master of a new Scottish-Rite lodge.