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    George Washington: Pater Patriæ... the Holy Grail of GW Inaugural Buttons.
    Albert WI-19B, DeWitt GW-1789-41, 25 mm copper shell with lead-filled back. Half-length military bust of Washington facing one-quarter left or dexter. It is inscribed "General Washington Pater Patriæ". This is the only portrait button in the accepted canon of George Washington inaugural buttons and has always been at the top of the want list for anyone interested in the period. It may also be the earliest artifact that refers to Washington as the "Father of His Country". Original shank. Light pitting and surface scratches. The surface is ever-so-slightly convex resulting in wear to the portrait. The rest of the button exhibits light to moderate wear. Pleasing copper patina. There are probably no more than ten of these in existence. We sold our first example in November 2015. The Frent Collection contained another example, considered the finest known, which we sold in February 2018 for a record $225,000.


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    September, 2019
    21st-22nd Saturday-Sunday
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