GWI 6-A “GW” MONOGRAM WITH THE CHRISTIAN & SAINT ANDREWS CROSS: This button has a Christian religious allusion that interlaces with Scotland’s Saint Andrew’s Cross. The use of the cross would be consistent with Robert Scot and his Artisans being Scottish-Rite Masons of strong Christian principals. The button’s use of alternating crosses of Christianity and Saint Andrews would be a reflection of the Freemason Jacobites that helped found the New Republic with George Washington. This would be an unspoken allusion that America’s new government was founded and principled by men and women of strong Christian beliefs with a Scottish undercurrent. I believe this button celebrates this unspoken religious and nationalism aspect by the emphases of the alternating legend crosses and George Washington’s monogram at it’s center.
George Washington’s Revolutionary War Standard showing solidarity with Scottish-Rite Jacobites
As with all George Washington Inaugural buttons the design was hand engraved in a round steel die hub, and then fired to hardness. The steel die was then given to a manufacturer who either used a pressurized rolling or stamping system on a blank metal planchet. GWI 6 has high relief letters for the slogan, and the legend’s crosses. The size for GWI 6-A is 33mm, and currently (2015) has an R-6 rarity rating. GWI 6 is a flat one-piece button with a soldered on loop shank. In the button’s center is a large script George Washington, “GW” Monogram. The “W” has a Colonial Swirl which encompasses both of the monogram letters. Just before the slogan is an incuse concentric ring. This most likely was a decorative element to emphasize and separate the slogan’s channel. Within the channel is the popular slogan of the new era, “Long Live The President.” This slogan is a slight variation of the original salute Robert Livingston shouted to the watching after Washington was administered the oath of office. The original being, “Long Live George Washington, President of the United States!” This was then followed by cheers from the crowd and a 13 gun salute. The slogan is in all raised Roman font capital letters set upon a stippled base. In the bottom of the channel is a Christian Cross which was used as a slogan separator and also a note that George Washington was religious in the Episcopal Church. Reaching out from the edge of the banner well is Seventy Short Sun Rays which are stamped in a circular pattern. If these are wedge shaped it could represent a Masonic allusion and salute to operative masons. This pattern usually represents the sun’s shinning rays from Washington’s light (In Masonic Reasoning?). This is followed by a small plain field which is encompassed by a thin lined stippled ring. Circling around the button’s legend is the unique design of 36 Indented Circles. Within the circles is alternating raised cross of Christianity and Saint Andrews.
GWI 6-A “GW” MONOGRAM WITH THE CHRISTIAN & SAINT ANDREWS CROSS INSIDE CIRCLE BORDER:
Color: A Nicely Toned Coppery Brown With Green Mustard Highlights.
Metal: Stamped Brass with Raised Cross and Letters.
Size: 32mm. 97.1 Grains
Variety Type: GW Monogram / Christian Cross / Cristian & Saint Andrews Legend Crosses /36 Impressions.
Present Condition: A Non Excavated Specimen, Strong Planchet Condition, A Strong High Relief & Impression Remains.
Obverse Button Analysis: This is an extraordinary specimen with an unblemished pattern. The brass planchet is solid and flat, and has no metal loss or deterioration. The button is smooth to the touch, and has no scratches or abrasions effecting the surface. The script “GW” Monogram has a nice deep strike, with all fluid and unbroken letter lines. The Colonial Swirl has a nice deep strike, and shows no breaks or flattened areas in the swirl. The incuse separation Ring is strong, and it’s perimeter is easily definable. The narrow circular Banner Well has a deep strike impression, and gives the motto’s letters good volume. All the Roman Font Capital Letters for the Slogan, “LONG LIVE THE PRESIDENT” are nicely elevated, and show good strong straight letter lines that are easy to read. The Separation Cross for the beginning and ending of the motto is nicely raised, and have sharp angled lines. All the close spaced Rays have a nice deep strike, and show nicely. The outside Stipple Ring has a deep strike impression, and shows all of the stipples clearly. The outside Border Indentees with the Crosses within are marvelously stamped, and show sharp angled lines for the crosses. Even though Cobb was noted to have cleaned all his buttons at one time, this button has retained a natural color tone consistent with age. This is an excellent example that shows nice deep clear impressions.
Reverse Button Analysis: Reverse Button Analysis: This is a flat one-piece button with a soldered on loop shank. The shank is original, straight and intact. Cobb descriptive label on back..
Library Records Has Limited Information WI 6-A-1:
History: Yes Recorded Sales Price: Yes
Current Button Owner and Location: No
Harold Cobb/Descendants 1957 to 2003
Purchased from C.K. Parker, in 1957.~
The Miller Collection.~