George Washington LONG LIVE THE PRESIDENT (1789) Inaugural Commemoration Button with Script Letters "GW"
(1789) George Washington Inaugural Button. Heavy Dotted Script "GW." With "LONG LIVE THE PRESIDENT" and Star at Bottom Ringed with 10 Dots. Brass. Blank reverse, With Shank, Albert (RAU) WI-9A. WHB-11A. DeWitt GW1789.2. Cobb-10. Choice Very Fine.
Rarity-4. 35 mm. This design type is as shown illustrated on the dust jacket for the reference book, "WASHINGTON HISTORICAL BUTTONS" by Alphaeus H. Albert, 1949. A Rare, desirable major George Washington Inaugural Button design type having the legend "LONG LIVE THE PRESIDENT" in large block letters, set within a recessed outer ring going all the way around the Button. Inside this is a raised blank ring, which surrounds the Dotted Cursive Script letters "GW" placed within the center of a stippled background field. It has the blank / plain reverse Type "A" having a fully intact straight reattached soldered brass shank. At the bottom, in the recessed ring, there is a 6-Pointed Star surrounded by a ring of tiny dots. It was probably intended to place 12 dots around this center star, yet only 10 dots are present, with spaces for 2 more. The two missing tiny dots may be historically significant. At the time of Washington's Inauguration, two states had not yet ratified the Constitution of the United States (North Carolina and Rhode Island). The two missing dots may well represent those two states. The button listed here is an "original" with 10 dots present, in lightly toned brass, lacking the shank on the otherwise plain reverse. An example of this button, in choice AU condition, sold in the January 21, 2003, Stack's J. Harold Cobb Collection Sale, Lot 1344 for $17,000 (hammer price). In our EAHA Auction of August 22, 2014 we sold lot 379 graded About EF, lacking a shank, for $11,800 and subsequently on February 9, 2018 lot 135 graded Choice EF, lacking a shank, brought $8,400. This Button has a strong soldered shank, is clean in appearance and has pleasing natural subdued brass color with nice details and is free of any major detractions. Showing overall honest expected circulation, it is attractive and an excellent example for display of this extremely rare major George Washington Inaugural Button type.