I went to an estate sale to check out the coins they were selling. Ended up buying a small box of military buttons for $5.
I couldn't leave empty handed.
Doing some research on the back mark of F.J. Heilberger, Wash DC, which was on 3 of the buttons,
I found this archived article from 1925.
Here are some of the more interesting lines.
"Franz Heiberger, 32 years old, came to Washington in 1851, he was a smartly dressed and affable man"
"His workmen turned out suits of clothes that stood in the Senate and House of Representatives,"
" They made suits of clothes that sat on the bench of the Supreme Court and attended cabinet meetings at the White House."
"the Rambler remembers hearing them tell of making uniforms for Gen.'s. Grant, Sheridan, Custer and Miles, and for Admirals Dewey, Sampson and Schley"
So, does anybody know how find out more about these buttons? Linkback:
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