Identification button worn by enslaved persons on Golden Grove Plantation

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  • Image for Identification button worn by enslaved persons on Golden Grove Plantation
  • Image for Identification button worn by enslaved persons on Golden Grove Plantation
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Created by
Unidentified
Used by
Baillie, David, British, 1786 - 1861
Medium
pewter
Dimensions
Diameter: 13/16 in. (2.1 cm), 4.4Grams
Type
buttons (fasteners)
buttons (information artifacts)
Place collected
Georgia, United States, North and Central America
Place used
Demerara-Mahaica, Guyana, South America
Date
1828-1834
Description
A round pewter button with "D BAILLIE / G•GROVE" stamped on the front. This button would have been sewn onto an enslaved person's shirt to identify him or her as belonging to David Baillie of Golden Grove Plantation, British Guyana. 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
2009.32.5
Restrictions & Rights
No Known Copyright Restrictions
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Classification
Slavery and Freedom Objects
Data Source
National Museum of African American History and Culture