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Lot Number: 207
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George Washington Inaugural Button “Eagle and Star” Type

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(1789) George Washington Inaugural Button, Eagle and Star Type, Albert WI-12B, Large Denticles Variety, Extremely Fine.

Rarity-5. 35 mm. Coat size. This variety has 54 incuse dots or indentations forming the outer border. Within this is another border of extremely fine denticles (incuse lines). Though not mentioned by Albert, this inner border is known with large, medium or small denticles. This piece has the large denticles. This button is in excellent condition with wonderful dark yellow brass color, a bit of minor verdigris here and there and its original shank on the plain back. The 2005 revised edition of Cobb’s catalog of Washington Inaugural Buttons states only 8 examples of this variety are known. Another example of this button in choice condition sold in the Stack’s January 21, 2003 sale for $4,250 (hammer price). Another sale of this type since 2003 was this currently offered example, last offered in our EAHA November 15, 2008 auction, Lot 2165, selling 12 years ago at $3,450. A sharp, lovely example of this rare type with its full shank intact.
Lot Number: 207
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