President James A. Garfield's Uniform Button - Inventory Number: IDE 077
Historic original infantry officer’s button with family documentation of U.S. President James A. Garfield. Attractively paired with a period book plate engraving of Garfield as a Major General. The button is housed in a wood frame with a legend in black marker on the back “This frame was made from wooden porch boards removed from J.A. Garfield Home Hiram O.”
Provenance includes documentation from the Western Reserve Historical Society of Cleveland, Ohio. “16 D” on the property receipt: Coat button of gilt metal w/ U.S. Eagle bearing shield w/ #1 or Letter “I” 7/8” Dia. Also accompanied by a handwritten letter of provenance on the stationary of Rudolf H. Garfield on his stationary.
The button is a 3-piece design, rich in gilt, and of extremely fine die work. A separate, stamped eagle is affixed to the convex face. Among the many well-made uniform buttons of the United States military and government services, the 3-piece eagles are undoubtedly the finest. They are highly detailed, of bear heavy gilt, and are even hand or jeweler chased. The most ornate, are the “applied eagle” devices. Exquisite in die work and structure, these variations represent a peak in their elegance.
Inventory Number: IDE 077