U. S. INDIAN SERVICE BUTTON +
U. S. INDIAN SERVICE LAPEL PIN +
BUREAU OF INDIAN AFFAIRS - DEPARTMENT OF INTERIOR NAMEPLATE
This 23mm diameter U. S. INDIAN SERVICE BUTTON was found at the old ALBUQUERQUE INDIAN SCHOOL that was started in the early 1890s. It has a deep brown patina because of its age. The reverse reads "J. R. GAUNT & SON INC - NEW YORK " J. R. Gaunt began making buttons in 1870, and tfore did not make Civil War buttons, but did contract with the U. S. Government to make other buttons. The eyelet is bent at about a 60-degree angle. This dug button is in fantastic condition considering it was buried in the ground for so long. Please see photos.
The second item is a unique U. S. INDIAN SERVICE PIN or LAPEL PIN that we found in the same area. It is 15mm in diameter. The manufacturer's name on the back is unreadable without cleaning. The soil in New Mexico is highly mineralized, which affects the condition of items that were found. An Indian School student may have made this pin from a cuff button because it has the unique hook on the back. I believe other government lapel pins have the standard fastener on the back.
The third item is DEPARTMENT OF INTERIOR - BUREAU OF INDIAN AFFAIRS NAMEPLATE that was also found nearby. It measures 3 inches wide by ¾ inches high. The letters are slightly raised above the black background. The serial number - AA0- 2318 - was stamped into the metal. Goes good in the grouping.
Please examine the photos to see if the button, lapel pin and nameplate belong in your collection.
The Indian School was started in 1890 as an off-reservation boarding school for Indian children. Many hundreds of Indian children obtained an education at this school. The buildings were torn down in the 1980s. We found it with permission.
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