Badge of California Pioneers

Gold badge of the Society of California Pioneers, presented to General William T. Sherman by the citizens of California in 1869. A gold gilt pin cast of a bear with a diamond eye and safety pin back. The Society of California Pioneers was a social and historical association with membership open to "pioneers" who came to California before 1849. Sherman served as a United States Army officer in California for several years in the late 1840s.
Currently not on view
Object Name
lapel pin
date made
ca 1869
associated date
Sherman, William Tecumseh
Physical Description
metal, gilt (overall material)
overall: 1 1/2 in x 2 in; 3.81 cm x 5.08 cm
overall, bag: 6 3/4 in x 3 3/4 in x 1/4 in; 17.145 cm x 9.525 cm x .635 cm
associated place
United States: California
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
William Tecumseh Sherman
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Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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