America’s first president has been a wonderful role model in many, many ways—including his example of fine taste and natty dress. Shortly before the conclusion of his presidency (which ended 4 March 1797), George Washington acquired a handsome pair of English enameled gold cuff-buttons from Dickinson & Company. They were purchased by Mount Vernon in 2008 and can be seen in the museum at Washington’s famous estate. The replicas above, made in the 1930’s, are sterling silver (not gold) but otherwise do credit to the original design (despite the on-going Depression). They were probably made to commemorate the 200th anniversary of Washington’s birth in 1932.
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