Union Shield Badge

Union Shield Badge

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Description (Brief)
This shield-shaped badge was made by the Scovill Manufacturing Company of Waterbury, Connecticut around 1864. The Scovill Company was established in 1802 as a button manufacturer that is still in business today. Scovill was an early industrial American innovator, adapting armory manufacturing processes to mass-produce a variety of consumer goods including buttons, daguerreotype mats, and campaign badges.
This badge features a profile bust of a man in a uniform (likely George B. McClellan) facing left, and the rim of the shield is lined with 34 stars. Above the head of the man the legend reads: Union.
Currently not on view
Object Name
medal, political
date made
ca 1864
Scovill Manufacturing Company
place made
United States: Connecticut, Waterbury
Physical Description
brass (overall material)
overall: 2.4 cm x 1.9 cm; 15/16 in x 3/4 in
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
Credit Line
Scovill, Inc.
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Scovill Manufacturing Collection
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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