Virginia Button from Gettysburg - Two-piece Virginia button, depicting the state seal. The seal shows Virtue with spear in hand, stands with her foot on the prostrate form of Tyranny, whose crown lies nearby. Above the figures is the word "Virginia," and below the figures is the state motto, "Sic Semper Tyrannis" translated "Thus Always to Tyrants ." The phrase was recommended by George Mason to the Virginia Convention in 1776, as part of the commonwealth's seal. The Seal was planned by Mason and designed by George Wythe, who signed the United States Declaration of Independence and taught law to Thomas Jefferson. A joke referencing the image on the seal that dates as far back as the Civil War, is that "Sic semper tyrannis" actually means "Get your foot off my neck."
Inventory Number: BUT 123 On-hold