Maryland State Seal Button

Description (Brief)
The Scovill Manufacturing Company of Waterbury, Connecticut produced this button around the middle of the 19th century. Scovill was established in 1802 as a button manufacturer that is still in business today. Scovill is an important example of early American industrial manufacturing that adapted armory machines to mass-produce a variety of consumer goods including buttons, daguerreotype mats, medals, coins, and tokens.
The button bears Maryland’s seal, the crest with the Calvert arms, supported by a farmer and a fisherman, an eagle over the crest , and a scroll that reads “CRESCITE ET MULTIPLICAMINI.”
Currently not on view
Scovill Manufacturing Company
overall: 3.5 cm; 1 3/8 in
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Industry & Manufacturing
Scovill Manufacturing Collection
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National Museum of American History


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