History in a Button!
Our most recent outing in Virginia yielded many different buttons. Most of these were plain, one-piece brass buttons. A few, however, were much more interesting. Two of these will be discussed below. The first is a rare Marquis de Lafayette button made to commemorate his second visit to the United States in 1824. He was a hero of the Revolutionary War and is considered a national hero in both the US and France. This button retains a heavy gold gilding on the front and bac