Identification button used by Thomas Porter II

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Manufactured by
I. Nutting & Son, British, ca.1805 - 1840
Used by
Porter, Thomas II, British, 1790 - 1857
Medium
pewter
Dimensions
Diameter: 13/16 in. (2.1 cm), 3.9Grams
Type
buttons (fasteners)
buttons (information artifacts)
Place collected
Georgia, United States, North and Central America
Place used
Demerara-Mahaica, Guyana, South America
Date
ca. 1820
Description
A round pewter button with "TPORTER" stamped across the middle. This button would have been sewn onto an enslaved person's shirt to identify him or her as belonging to Thomas Porter II. On the reverse side of the button there are fine concentric circle impressions within a pronounced rim as well as a stamp which is now illegible. There is also evidence of a parting line for a two-part mold on the reverse of the button. The button has considerable wear with pitting on both sides.
Topic
African American
Middle Passage
Credit Line
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture
Object number
2009.32.1
Restrictions & Rights
No Known Copyright Restrictions
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Classification
Slavery and Freedom Objects
Awards and Medals
Data Source
National Museum of African American History and Culture

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