Isabela at Mt. Vernon’s Revolutionary War Weekend 2016
~ My Goal & Library’s Mission ~
Isabela’s 1789 Club is a free Library of pictured historical artifacts that allow collectors and researchers to take an in-depth look behind the meanings of ancient symbols used by Artisan engravers in the 18th Century. The emphasis of my research will be in various military & tribute buttons. I will try to decipher the multi-layered subcutaneous meanings behind the symbols. The Artisan engravers of their time didn’t limit their practice exclusively to George Washington Inaugurals, but expands into other engraved artifacts like, General Patriot Memorabilia, Seals for Documents, Maps, Flags, and Colonial Currency Plates. Unfortunately, my findings aren’t concrete as black and white, so my theories on meanings of use changes with new evidence.Many of the button specimens exhibited within the library’s sections are retained in the personal collection of Robert J. Silverstein, others photos of buttons were graciously offered by button collectors, and Metal detector enthusiasts. So, none of the buttons on this web site are for sale! Meaning the intent of the website should be for hobbyists to learn and study.
Since there is a learning curve in this field, one should take note that the information provided is just my personal current theories or is the educated opinions of others in their prospective fields. The information will continually change as new evidence and facts present themselves. Often new information will come to light which will support alternative theories and conclusions. So, this library will most likely be a continuing work in progress and changing over my lifetime. Specimen submissions of objects to this library will be Free and Open to the Public, and membership monetary charge will not be necessary. It is my hopes that this website will become a completely interactive library between myself and all political and military button collectors. Members please feel free to use the open forum to submit questions to myself and/or other members. This is a key instrument to help guide collectors in properly adding the correct specimens for a specific field of study. My goal will be to add new information and buttons every month. Hopefully, this web site will increase visibility of the hobby, and entice new collectors of all ages to enter into the field I have come to love. – Robert J. Silverstein