San Jancinto Museum of History

Art and Artifacts

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This online database of artifacts from the museum makes finding everything from Mexican pistols to Meso-American pottery quick and easy. Browse a portion of the museum's artifacts in ten different categories to see close-up pictures and get detailed information on them. You can search by keyword (badge), name (Sam Houston), and many other criteria.

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AID, HEARING
 

AID, HEARING

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PERSONAL ARTIFACTS

MEASUREMENT
37"L x 2"Dia at horn

DESCRIPTION
Hearing aid. Woven black cord tubing. Hard black rubber earpiece at one end of cord and hard black rubber horn at the other end. Tubing coils up.

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BADGE
 

BADGE

CATEGORY
PERSONAL ARTIFACTS

MEASUREMENT
9/16" Radius (each star)

DATE MADE
c. 1860

DESCRIPTION
Two Confederate uniform badges (a,b). Major's rank. Gilded metal. Five points. Loop posts on back side for attachment. (Loop post on (a) is broken off). Minor surface dents on both stars.

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BAG, DITTY
 

BAG, DITTY

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PERSONAL ARTIFACTS

MEASUREMENT
opened: 16 3/4"L x 6 1/4"W

DATE MADE
1890s

DESCRIPTION
Ditty bag with multiple compartments. Served as military utility kit, made of blue wood and lined in red wool and cotton. "H Rumler", stitched with red thread on wool exterior. Bag belonged to Serg...

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BEAD

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PERSONAL ARTIFACTS

MEASUREMENT
various

DATE MADE
c. 1855

DESCRIPTION
Beads (a-bv). 74 wax beads. Some 1/2"Dia, others smaller. Made to look like iridescent pearls. 23 of these beads are strung on white thread.

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BEAD

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PERSONAL ARTIFACTS

MEASUREMENT
various

DATE MADE
pre-16th century

DESCRIPTION
Meso-American beads. Sixteen beads (a-p). Perforated.

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BEAD

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PERSONAL ARTIFACTS

MEASUREMENT
various

DATE MADE
pre-16th century

DESCRIPTION
Seven beads (a-g) carved in green stone to resemble faces or figurines. Each artifact perforated and ranging in size, approximately 1 1/4" to 1 1/2". Meso-American.

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BEAD

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PERSONAL ARTIFACTS

MEASUREMENT
7/8"H x 2 1/8"Dia.

DATE MADE
c. 1890?

DESCRIPTION
Clay bead or button. Geometric designs.

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BELT

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PERSONAL ARTIFACTS

MEASUREMENT
38 1/2"L x 2 1/4"Dia.

DATE MADE
19th century

DESCRIPTION
Leather belt (a) with buckle cover (b) Belt and buckle cover of of white leather with dark brown leather trim. Belt reads "CHIEF" in silver letters on a red field across back. Buckle cover (b) slid...

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BELT

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PERSONAL ARTIFACTS

MEASUREMENT
34 1/2"L x 2 1/4"W

DATE MADE
c. 1846

DESCRIPTION
Belt from military uniform. Olive green ribbed fabric with leather trim. Rectangular brass buckle with U. S. Eagle and shield. Brass tab at other end with slot to receive hook on back of buckle. B...

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BLOUSE
 

BLOUSE

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PERSONAL ARTIFACTS

MEASUREMENT
14 3/4"L x 13 1/4"W

DESCRIPTION
Woman's lace blouse. Either a vestee or chemisette. Made of white Belgian needlepoint lace with delicate flower designs appliqued on fine bobbin net, "Point Gaze" handmade lace. Fair condition,...

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BONNET
 

BONNET

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PERSONAL ARTIFACTS

MEASUREMENT
10"H x 12"Depth

DATE MADE
early 19th century

DESCRIPTION
Bonnet, child's. White (stained, discoloered) bonnet, trimmed with lace (circular pattern). Lace trim, 1/2" width. Two sets of drawstrings; two ties at front and two ties at back of bonnet. Large ...

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BONNET
 

BONNET

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PERSONAL ARTIFACTS

MEASUREMENT
22 3/4"H x 11"D

DESCRIPTION
Bonnet, woman's. White linen bonnet, brim decorated with bands of trapunto quilting. Full gathered snood (white linen) attached, falls below the shoulder. Snood length, 13". Good condition, s...

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BOOT

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PERSONAL ARTIFACTS

MEASUREMENT
6 1/4"H x 9 1/2"L x 2 1/4"W

DATE MADE
1850-1875

DESCRIPTION
Gored Bottine. Black satin. Leather sole. Back and right side shredded with heavy loss.

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BOTTLE, SMELLING
 

BOTTLE, SMELLING

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PERSONAL ARTIFACTS

MEASUREMENT
5"L x 1 1/8"Dia

DESCRIPTION
Smelling salts/spirits bottle. Green glass decagonal cylinder with hinged brass lids at either end. There is a glass stopper in the spirits end and a cork in the salts end.

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BOX, COLLAR
 

BOX, COLLAR

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PERSONAL ARTIFACTS

MEASUREMENT
3 3/8"H x 4 3/4"Dia.

DESCRIPTION
Collar box. Round cardboard box depicting scenes from the story of "Puss in Boots." Printed on lid: "Glen Paper Co." Scenes wrap around box with small textboxes printed beneath each one. One large...

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BOX, COLLAR
 

BOX, COLLAR

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PERSONAL ARTIFACTS

MEASUREMENT
5"H x 5 3/4"Dia

DATE MADE
patented 1892

DESCRIPTION
Collar box (a-b). Cream celluloid box. Lid has color picture of young girl in blue dress and yellow bonnet holding a doll. She is framed by mountains and flowers. Edging of lid is darker cream wit...

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BOX, COSMETIC
 

BOX, COSMETIC

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PERSONAL ARTIFACTS

MEASUREMENT
1 1/2"H x 2 5/8"Dia.

DATE MADE
late 19th century

DESCRIPTION
Compexion powder. Short cylindrical wooded box (a) with lid (b). Paper label on lid and sides. Label on lid reads "J. A. SANGLANGUE'S/ Complexion Powder." Box is full of light colored facial powde...

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BOX, GLOVE
 

BOX, GLOVE

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PERSONAL ARTIFACTS

MEASUREMENT
2 3/4" H x 13 5/8"L x 4 1/2"W

DESCRIPTION
Cream celluloid-covered glove box with floral design on top.

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BRACELET
 

BRACELET

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PERSONAL ARTIFACTS

MEASUREMENT
2 1/4"Dia

DESCRIPTION
Bracelet. Gold hinged link bracelet. Each link slopes up to a groove in center. Either side of groove has etched floral design. Links bracketed by thin lozenges decorated in leaf design. Small pie...

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BRACELET
 

BRACELET

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PERSONAL ARTIFACTS

MEASUREMENT
2 1/2"Dia

DESCRIPTION
Bracelet. Bracelet composed of three woven double strands of brown hair that have been braided together. Cloth tie secures it.

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BRACELET
 

BRACELET

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PERSONAL ARTIFACTS

MEASUREMENT
1 3/8"H x 2 1/8"Dia

DESCRIPTION
Bracelet. Gold cuff bracelet. Center has three interconnected ovals. Sides etched with leaf design. Adjustable in back.

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BRACELET
 

BRACELET

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PERSONAL ARTIFACTS

MEASUREMENT
2 3/8"H x 2 3/4"Dia

DESCRIPTION
Hair bracelet. Bracelet is made of strands of brown hair woven together to create large round tubes. These 9 tubes have been grouped into threes and braided together. Center of bracelet is a large ...

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BRACELET
 

BRACELET

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PERSONAL ARTIFACTS

MEASUREMENT
1/2H x 2 3/8"W

DESCRIPTION
Bracelet. Gold cuff bracelet. Slide clasp on one side, hinged on the other. bracelet decorated with inlaid black enamel designs. Floriform on one side, geometric on the other. Background is chase...

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BRACELET
 

BRACELET

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PERSONAL ARTIFACTS

MEASUREMENT
1 1/8"H x 2 1/4"Dia.

DATE MADE
early to mid 19th century

DESCRIPTION
Jet bracelet. Gold backing and hardware. Mourning jewelry. Hinged. Clasp with safety chain.

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BRACELET
 

BRACELET

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PERSONAL ARTIFACTS

MEASUREMENT
1 1/8"H x 2 1/4"Dia.

DATE MADE
early to mid 19th century

DESCRIPTION
Jet bracelet. Gold backing and hardware. Mourning jewelry. Hinged. Clasp with safety chain.

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BROOCH
 

BROOCH

CATEGORY
PERSONAL ARTIFACTS

MEASUREMENT
1 1/16"H x 1 3/4"W

DESCRIPTION
Brooch (a). Grayish rock in gold setting. "Plymouth Rock" engraved on back of setting. Brooch came in dark green jewelry box (b) with white interior lining. Outside of box contains Mexican nationa...

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BROOCH
 

BROOCH

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PERSONAL ARTIFACTS

MEASUREMENT
2"H x 1 3/4"W

DESCRIPTION
Brooch. Hair brooch in gold oval mounting. Hair under glass is from various members of the Hall family. Gold surround has rope and acanthus leaf design.

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BROOCH
 

BROOCH

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PERSONAL ARTIFACTS

MEASUREMENT
7/8"H x 3/4"W

DESCRIPTION
Brooch. Gold brooch with miniature black and white photo of Mrs. Sarah Ann Kolb. Seed pearl surround.

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BROOCH
 

BROOCH

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PERSONAL ARTIFACTS

MEASUREMENT
1 3/8"Dia

DESCRIPTION
Brooch. Round gold frame brooch (a). Has decorative rope edging. 4 clasps press down to hold in interior picture frame. Photograph (possibly an ambrotype) of Henry Hoyt Russell (b) in base metal c...

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BROOCH
 

BROOCH

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PERSONAL ARTIFACTS

MEASUREMENT
1 3/8"H x 1"W x 5/8"D

DATE MADE
19th century

DESCRIPTION
Brooch. Gold and enamel brooch. Made to look like a bouquet of six daisies tied at base with gold bow. Daisies have articulated blue petals and a prong-set diamond in the center of each flower. Pi...

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BROOCH
 

BROOCH

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PERSONAL ARTIFACTS

MEASUREMENT
1"H x 2 3/4"W

DESCRIPTION
Brooch. Gold filigree brooch set with two oval blue stones. Stones have inset, in centers, multi-colored micro-mosaics. The mosaics are of floral bouquets in white, green, red and yellow. Brooch h...

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BROOCH
 

BROOCH

CATEGORY
PERSONAL ARTIFACTS

MEASUREMENT
1 1/4"H x 1 3/8"W

DESCRIPTION
Brooch. Gold brooch with light brown braided hair mounted under glass front. Gold surround decorated with leaf design. Back has safety c-clasp.

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BROOCH
 

BROOCH

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PERSONAL ARTIFACTS

MEASUREMENT
1/2"H x 2"W

DESCRIPTION
Brooch. Gold bar pin with diamond mounted in center. Etched on either side of diamond and at both ends of pin are pink-toned flowers with green leaves. Safety c-clasp closure with moveable safety b...

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BUCKLE
 

BUCKLE

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PERSONAL ARTIFACTS

MEASUREMENT
2 3/8"H x 2 3/4"L (a,c); 6 1/2" (fastened)

DATE MADE
19th century

DESCRIPTION
Military buckle. Brass. Two identical circular plates (a,b) with lion's head designs. Belt loop attached to each end. Pieces connected by S-shaped link (c) in design of a two-headed snake, which i...

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BUCKLE
 

BUCKLE

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PERSONAL ARTIFACTS

MEASUREMENT
2"H x 4 1/4"L

DATE MADE
19th century

DESCRIPTION
United States military belt buckle. Brass. Oblong with belt loops ends of both pieces. Clasp piece (a) has design of eagle with shield, artillery behind. "U.S. Artillery" in relief above eagle.

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BUCKLE, BELT
 

BUCKLE, BELT

CATEGORY
PERSONAL ARTIFACTS

MEASUREMENT
2 3/8"H x 1 15/16"L

DATE MADE
19th century

DESCRIPTION
Mexican military buckle. Silver-plated. Oval. Large letters "GM" cut out in center design. Brass attachment on reverse.

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BUCKLE, BELT
 

BUCKLE, BELT

CATEGORY
PERSONAL ARTIFACTS

MEASUREMENT
1 7/8"H x 2 1/2"L

DATE MADE
19th century

DESCRIPTION
Mexican military buckle. Brass on copper. Belt loop of laurel leaves design. Mexican emblem on center. Small circle loop for fastening.

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BUCKLE, BELT
 

BUCKLE, BELT

CATEGORY
PERSONAL ARTIFACTS

MEASUREMENT
1 15/16"H x 2 5/8"L

DATE MADE
19th century

DESCRIPTION
Mexican military buckle. (Half only, no clasp). Brass (or gilded metal) with Mexican emblem (eagle with serpent in clutches atop cactus) in circular center design. Sunburst and liberty cap above ea...

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BUCKLE, BELT
 

BUCKLE, BELT

CATEGORY
PERSONAL ARTIFACTS

MEASUREMENT
2 9/16"H x 3 1/2"L

DATE MADE
19th century

DESCRIPTION
Mexican military buckle. Brass on copper. Rectangular. Center design featuring relief of eagle with serpent in beak (Mexican national emblem) and torch in talons. Framed with ornated etchings. We...

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BUCKLE, BELT
 

BUCKLE, BELT

CATEGORY
PERSONAL ARTIFACTS

MEASUREMENT
2 9/16"H x 2 7/8"L

DATE MADE
19th century

DESCRIPTION
Mexican military buckle. Square. Metal with brass finish. Design of large lyre in relief. Belt loop and attachment hook on reverse side.

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BUCKLE, BELT
 

BUCKLE, BELT

CATEGORY
PERSONAL ARTIFACTS

MEASUREMENT
2"H x 3 1/8"L

DATE MADE
19th century

DESCRIPTION
Mexican military belt buckle. Two parts (a,b) which fasten together. Gilded metal. Round center design featuring Mexican emblem (eagle with serpent in clutches atop cactus) on one piece (a). Laure...

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BUCKLE, BELT
 

BUCKLE, BELT

CATEGORY
PERSONAL ARTIFACTS

MEASUREMENT
1 13/16"H x 1 11/16"L

DATE MADE
19th century

DESCRIPTION
Mexican military belt buckle. Brass. Rectangular. Center design of Mexican national emblem (eagle with serpent in clutches atop cactus). Sunburst over eagle's head with a liberty cap in center. Sc...

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BUCKLE, BELT
 

BUCKLE, BELT

CATEGORY
PERSONAL ARTIFACTS

MEASUREMENT
2 5/16"H x 2 1/8"L

DATE MADE
19th century

DESCRIPTION
Mexican military belt buckle. (Hook half only). Brass. Design of Mexican national emblem (eagle with serpent in clutches atop cactus). Scroll overhead reads "REPUBLICA MEXICANA".

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BUCKLE, BELT
 

BUCKLE, BELT

CATEGORY
PERSONAL ARTIFACTS

MEASUREMENT
3"H x 2 1/2"L

DATE MADE
19th century

DESCRIPTION
Mexican military buckle. Silver. Oval-shaped. Ornate floral design with beaded border. Rectangular cut-out in center and post on reverse for attachment.

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BUCKLE, BELT
 

BUCKLE, BELT

CATEGORY
PERSONAL ARTIFACTS

MEASUREMENT
1 15/16"H x 1 3/4"L

DATE MADE
19th century

DESCRIPTION
Mexican military belt buckle. Brass. Rectangular-shaped with Mexican national emblem (eagle with serpent in clutches atop cactus) in relief as center design. Scroll above reads: "REPUBLICA MEXICANA...

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BUCKLE, KNEE
 

BUCKLE, KNEE

CATEGORY
PERSONAL ARTIFACTS

MEASUREMENT
1 5/8"H x 3"W

DATE MADE
early 19th century

DESCRIPTION
Pair of knee buckles. Base metal openwork buckle inset with faceted clear brilliants. Two-pronged central arm fastener. Curved shape.

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BUCKLE, KNEE
 

BUCKLE, KNEE

CATEGORY
PERSONAL ARTIFACTS

MEASUREMENT
1 3/8"H x 2 1/4"W

DATE MADE
19th century

DESCRIPTION
Knee buckle. Oval knee buckle made of base metal and set with 22 square multi-faceted clear brilliants. Set at intervals along bottom edge of oval are 4 round multi-faceted clear brilliants. Some d...

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BUTTON
 

BUTTON

CATEGORY
PERSONAL ARTIFACTS

MEASUREMENT
1"Dia

DESCRIPTION
Metal "sunflower" button. Badly rusted. Excavated at the site of New Kentucky, Harris County.

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BUTTON
 

BUTTON

CATEGORY
PERSONAL ARTIFACTS

MEASUREMENT
7/8"Dia.

DATE MADE
c. 1838-1842

DESCRIPTION
Brass uniform button. OBVERSE: Anchor. Five point star. Live oak and olive branch. Banner with "TEXAS NAVY". REVERSE: "SCOVILLS & CO., WATERBURY".

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BUTTON
 

BUTTON

CATEGORY
PERSONAL ARTIFACTS

DESCRIPTION
Collection of 840 buttons strung on a cotton string.

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BUTTON
 

BUTTON

CATEGORY
PERSONAL ARTIFACTS

MEASUREMENT
1 1/4"D x 7/8"Dia.

DESCRIPTION
Gold plated uniform button. OBVERSE: "ESPERENSIA" over star and anchor. REVERSE: "SCOVILLS EXTRA SUPERFINE".

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