* GWI 20 *
The Foliated Script
GW Monogram

* The GWI 20-A Foliated Script *
W/ Vertical Jesus Fish & 
Three Roads into One

*******       *******       *******

Unity  *   Prosperity    *   Independence

*******       *******

 E. Pluribus Unum!

*******

 

     GWI 20-A & B THE FOLIATED SCRIPT “GW” MONOGRAM: GWI 20-A was engraved in either brass or copper, and the brass specimens where known to have a Gilt finish. GWI 20-B was mechanically engraved in White Pewter in 1801 for the 25th Anniversary celebration of the American Revolution. The Size for A is 25mm, and the Size for B is 19mm. GWI 20-A is a flat one-piece button with a loop shank. This button could have been produced in America. I can tell for certain the die was. GWI 20-B is a flat one-piece button that uses a unique Tombac Style hump boss with wire loop shank. GWI 20- A has an R-3 Rating, and GWI 20-B has a R-4 Rating. This button depicts an artistic foliated script(with a curlicue), “GW Monogram” in the center of the button. Research indicated that GWI 20-B was made in England. There are two differences which supports this conclusion. First, there is a slight difference in the foliated script letters. Second, at this point British manufacturers were known to place raised back marks on the button’s reverse. The idea was to indicate expert workmanship and quality. If a specimen is thought to be produced in America it would only have a plain un-marked flat reverse because of lack of manufacturing.

Robert’s Material Notes: Draft Only

The number 3 is used by all cultures in the world. First in all their Rituals. Second, in their Practicing Arts. Third, in their Religion. Meaning, 3 is linked to something 1 Sacred 2 Mystical & 3 Devine. I can site examples for “each” for people to connect the dots….Trinity, Triads, and Trios. ect.

The answer: The three is used by all cultures in the world. Meaning the Scottish Revolutionaries incredible foresight understood that by linking 3 as a base for a New Republic based on the Scottish-Rite Constitution, it could be powerful enough to tie the cultures of the world together through Washington in building a Nation.

      The main idea most probably stemmed -up in “part” by King James II religious tolerance, and these values carried through into the 18th century Scottish Revolutionaries ideas of enlightenment in America. The “3” lines on your button represents something ! sacred 2 mystical 3 devine. The #3 is used by all cultures in the world in their 1 ritual practices 2 arts 3 religion. I know all 3 1 Trinity 2 Triad 3 trios. America is a melting pot and joined under GW as one.

The Vertical Jesus Fish. I am trying to see all the Allusions wrapped in a flowing artistry linking to 7. If we add the lines at the crossroads, the center is “7”unblemished of man’s lines.  The Hook must be addressed in this allusion also. This is an unusual hook between the G & W Obviously, the Fish is a major focus point in all religions and cultures of earth. Each has distinctive 1)cultural, 2)ritual, and 3) artistic meanings. By using this allusion it helps the melting pot for American cultures to assimilate in the future. You are the one who said don’t completely dismiss it. one more look? I feel China needs to be thrown into this, but i know its an error. As before, I see “3” in so any facets of this button. Maybe the unusual button “W” all points lead to 3.

– The button has Scottish-Rite, and Religious Connotation, in the GW Monogram’s letters. The number 3 has value here in multiple Allusions. The button could have been intended for a Scottish-Rite Lodge.  Some Masonic brothers who collect would recognize the symbols’, and it’s overlapping multi allusion.

The Foliated Script GW Button, By J. Harold Cobb:

When an unfamiliar pattern of a GW button is first discovered, it has been my policy to locate a second specimen to establish usage of such new pattern before adding it to the “accepted list”. In March 1957, I acquired a button bearing the hand engraved initials G.W. It was discovered in Cambridge Massachusetts. It is 25mm in diameter, golden copper in color, shanked and of the same era as the other inaugurals. The engraving is similar to the one shown by A.H. Albert on page 48 of his book, “Washington Historical Buttons”. Since this was the first known specimen, I did not include it in my book, even though it was obviously contemporary. Now in May1964, a dealer in Florida sent me a second specimen of the same pattern. I examined the two and found the workmanship and construction to be identical. When cleaned, the second button had the same rich copper color as the March 1957 find. I know accept these buttons as authentic contemporary Washington pieces and have given the type Cobb#30. Both are included in the Cobb collection.

 

 

 

 

GWI 20-A THE FOLIATED SCRIPT “GW” MONOGRAM

Color: A Dark Charcoal Patina W/ Greenish Encrustations in corrosion areas.
Metal: Flat, 1-Piece, Engraved Design, Gilt Brass.
Size: 25mm.
Rarity: R-6
Variety Type: GWI 20-A, Floral Script GW Monogram.
Present Condition: A Non Dug Specimen, A Strong Planchet Condition, A Strong Impression Remains.
Obverse Button Analysis:The button depicts a Foliated Script “GW” Monogram. The button still has has a nice deep strike remaining, and clearly shows all the inner foliated detail lines.
Reverse Button Analysis: This is a one-piece button with a loop shank. The shank is reportedly original, straight and intact. The reverse is also reported by seller to be clean with no harsh scratches or abrasions.

Library Records Has Limited Information WI 20 A-1:
History:         Yes         Recorded Sales Price:    Yes

Current Button Owner and Location:             No

The RJ. Silverstein’s Isabela Collection.
This button was dug in North Carolina on January 10th 2018

 

 

GWI 20-A THE FOLIATED SCRIPT “GW” MONOGRAM

Color: A Dark Chocolate Patina, with a Hint of Greenish-Black Residue in the Monogram’s Engraving.
Metal: Flat, 1-Piece, Engraved Design, Silvered Copper.
Size: 25mm.
Rarity: R-4
Variety Type: GWI 20-A, Floral Script GW Monogram.
Present Condition: A Non Dug Specimen, A Strong Planchet Condition, A Strong Impression Remains.
Obverse Button Analysis: This button’s charm comes from it’s wonderful chocolate patina and it’s elegant floral script. The planchet is solid with no minimal signs of metal fatigue. The surface has a nice even chocolate patina throughout. There are no harsh scratches or abrasions on the surface that effect the design. The only metal deterioration is the micro porosity around the edge. The Foliated Script “GW” Monogram has a nice deep strike, and clearly shows all the inner foliated detail lines. The Floral Swirl with the Accenting Petals is nicely impressed, and shows strong fluid lines. This is a wonderful example, and would make a crown jewel in anyone’s George Washington inaugural button collection. *If you own this button, or one like it, please contact the web site librarian so i can get some past history and location.
Reverse Button Analysis: This is a one-piece button with a loop shank. The shank is reportedly original, straight and intact. The reverse is also reported by seller to be clean with no harsh scratches or abrasions.

Library Records Has Limited Information WI 20 A-2:
History:         Yes          Recorded Sales Price:    Yes

Current Button Owner and Location:                  No

 

 

 

 

GWI 20-B THE FOLIATED SCRIPT “GW” MONOGRAM
1801 English Reproduction Most Likely Made for the 25th Year Anniversary of the American Revolution.

Color: A Pewter Gray With a Light Dusty Brown covering, with A Black Design.
Metal: Flat, 1-Piece, Mechanically Engraved Design, Pewter.
Size: 19mm.
Rarity: R-4
Variety Type: GWI 20-B, Foliated Script GW.
Present Condition: A Non Dug Specimen, A Strong Planchet Condition, Strong Mechanical Impressions.
Obverse Button Analysis:
This cuff specimen has a nice impression, and a clear image of the GW Monogram. The brass planchet is solid and flat, and shows no signs of metal fatigue or deterioration. The surface show a few light scratches in the field, but nothing that detracts from the central design. The Floral Script “GW” Monogram has a strong die strike, and shows all the inner detail lines within the monograms letters. The Foliated Swirl with Accenting Petals still has a nice deep strike, and the black color shows the depth nicely. This is an outstanding specimen, and should be a welcomed as a center piece in a GW button Collection.

Reverse Button Analysis: This flat one-piece button with a Tombac Style loop shank. The shank is reported to be replaced, but straight and intact. There are a few minor scuffs which mar the surface, and also what appears to be a heat scorch from the shank replacement. Otherwise smooth and flat.

Library Records Has Limited Information WI B-1:
History:       Yes          Recorded Sales Price:          Yes

Current Button Owner and Location:                No

 

 

 

GWI 20-A THE FOLIATED SCRIPT “GW” MONOGRAM

Color: A Milk Chocolate With Yellow Undertones & Green Encrustations.
Metal: Flat, 1-Piece, Engraved Design, Gilt Brass.
Size: 25mm.
Rarity: R-4
Variety Type: Type-A, Foliated Script GW.
Present Condition: A Non Dug Specimen, A Strong Planchet Condition, A Strong Impression Remains.
Variety Type:
GWI 20-A, Floral Script GW Monogram.

Obverse Button Analysis: A very nice addition for the visitors pleasure when they visit George Washington’s home in Virginia. The planchet is solid and flat with no metal fatigue or deterioration. The obverse shows a smooth surface without any harsh scratches or abrasions. The Foliated Script “GW” Monogram has a nice deep strike, and the green color accents all the inner foliated detail lines. The Floral Swirl with the Accenting Petals has a nice deep impression, and shows strong fluid lines. This is a wonderful specimen, and a welcome in Mount Vernon Estate & Gardens Collection.
Reverse Button Analysis: This is a one-piece button with a loop shank. The shank is original, straight and intact. The reverse is reported to be clean with no harsh scratches or abrasions.

Library Records Has Limited Information WI 20 A-2:
History:       Yes          Recorded Sales Price:               Yes

Current Button Owner and Location:     ~ Virginia ~

Mount Vernon Collection
Mount Vernon Estate & Gardens

 

 

 

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GWI 20-B THE FOLIATED SCRIPT “GW” MONOGRAM
1801 American Reproduction Most Likely Made for 25 Year Anniversary of the American Revolution.

Color: Dusk Grey, with Silvery Black Inner Design.
Metal: Flat, 1-Piece, Mechanically Engraved Design, Pewter.
Size: 19mm.
Rarity: R-4
Variety Type: GWI 20-B, Foliated Script Swirl.
Present Condition: A Non Dug Specimen, A Strong Planchet Condition, Strong Mechanical Impressions.
Obverse Button Analysis:
This button has a nice original aged Pewter tone. Unlike the other example pictured above, this one has a slightly different die cut for the Foliated Script “GW” Monogram. Almost like a double die version of the former, and also the swirl off the “W” is more hooked around. The pewter planchet is still solid and shows very good thickness. The planchet shows no signs of metal fatigue or deterioration either. The surface shows a nice deep impression, and exhibits thick solid definition lines. The surface and edge do show a few light scuff marks, but hardly noticeable with the complimentary color tone. The foliated Swirl with Accenting Petals has a nice deep impression, with strong fluid lines. A very nice example with some strong retained characteristics.

Reverse Button Analysis: This is a flat one-piece button with a Tombac Style loop Shank. This shank is original, straight, and intact. The surface appears to be smooth and clean, with maybe a minor scuff mark.

Library Records Has Limited Information WI B-2:
History:      Yes          Recorded Sales Price:          Yes
Current Button Owner and Location:                No

 

 

GWI 20-B THE FOLIATED SCRIPT “GW” MONOGRAM
1801 American Reproduction Most Likely Made for 25 Year Anniversary of the American Revolution.

Color: Dusk Grey, with Silvery Black Inner Design.
Metal: Flat, 1-Piece, Mechanically Engraved Design, Pewter.
Size: 19mm.
Rarity: R-4
Variety Type: GWI 20-B, Foliated Script Swirl.
Present Condition: A Non Dug Specimen, A Strong Planchet Condition, Strong Mechanical Impressions.
Obverse Button Analysis: This button has a nice original aged Pewter tone. Unlike the other example pictured above, this one has a slightly different die cut for the Foliated Script “GW” Monogram. Almost like a double die version of the former, and also the swirl off the “W” is more hooked around. The pewter planchet is still solid and shows very good thickness. The planchet shows no signs of metal fatigue or deterioration either. The surface shows a nice deep impression, and exhibits thick solid definition lines. The surface and edge do show a few light scuff marks, but hardly noticeable with the complimentary color tone. The foliated Swirl with Accenting Petals has a nice deep impression, with strong fluid lines. A very nice example with some strong retained characteristics.
Reverse Button Analysis: This is a flat one-piece button with a Tombac Style loop Shank. This shank is original, straight, and intact. The surface appears to be smooth and clean, with maybe a minor scuff mark.

Library Records Has Limited Information WI B-3:
History:      Yes         Recorded Sales Price:      Yes

Current Button Owner and Location:       No

 

 

 

 

GWI 20-B THE FOLIATED SCRIPT “GW” MONOGRAM
1801 British Reproduction Most Likely Made for 25 Year Anniversary of the American Revolution.

Color: Midnight Grey With An Inner Charcoal Color Within The Design
Metal: Flat, 1-Piece, Mechanically Engraved Design, Pewter.
Size: 19mm.
Rarity: R-4
Variety Type: GWI 20-B, Foliated Script Swirl.
Present Condition: A Non Dug Specimen, A Strong Planchet Condition, Strong Mechanical Impressions.
Obverse Button Analysis:
This specimen has an elegant design quality that commemorates George Washington with class. The pewter on this specimen is solid and flat, but does show some minimal edge loss. The surface shows a nice deep impression for the GW Monogram, and the letters have a nice clear recognizable image. The surface has a few light scratches, but hardly noticeable with the color tone of the pewter. The Foliated Swirl with the Accenting Petals still has a nice deep impression, with strong fluid lines. This is a wonderfully preserved example that has a wonderful ominous color tone. Perfect to off set other GW buttons in a collection.

Reverse Button Analysis: This is a flat one-piece button with a Tombac Style Loop Shank. The surface appears to be smooth and clean, with maybe a minor scuff mark.

Library Records Has Limited Information WI B-4:
History:     Yes          Recorded Sales Price:          Yes
Current Button Owner and Location: ~ New York ~

The Isabela Collection.~

* Massachusetts auctioneer Ben Corning sold 2 examples 30+ years ago. (1 of which is listed above).
Since the 2nd example hasn’t surfaced to authenticate original period and not early 1801 reproduction R values remains at 7.