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    Cavalry Button From General George Armstrong Custer's Uniform As Saved By His Family 23 mm, heavily gilt two-piece brass construction, the face is dominated by a Federal eagle with spread wings holding an olive branch and arrows in its talons, a shield emblazoned with a large "C" (for "Cavalry") is centered on the eagle's chest, the button's underside carries the R & W Robinson Extra Rich depressed backmark (Tice 28). The shank has been removed with a hinged attachment pin affixed in its place so that the button can function as a brooch. The holes resulting from the shank's removal have been filled with solder that matches the brass of the button back. In pristine condition.

    A 5" x 3" typed note gives the button's provenance as follows: "Cavalry Buttons From The Uniform of General George Armstrong Custer. 3- 23 - 57. From Miriam Custer." Miss Miriam Custer was sired by Nevin Custer, one of General Custer's brothers. As such, the famous cavalryman was her great-uncle. A seemingly unrelated signature, ". Frost", is inscribed over the date on the note. This would have been penned by Dr. Lawrence Frost, noted Michigan expert on Custer and a collector of related material. No doubt the button temporarily resided in his esteemed collection with Custer's wife Libbie wearing his buttons often.

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    June, 2007
    24th-25th Sunday-Monday
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