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Rare Backmark Non-Dug Cuff Size Kentucky Military Institute Cadet Button
Item #: A461
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This is a great looking button with a very scarce back Mark. It is the cuff size cadet button that was worn by a cadet of the Kentucky Military Institute. This is the version with the small rim which is considered as being Civil War production but Tice’s book doesn’t list this backmark in a cuff but does list it in a coat and states it was made about 1860. This style of K.M.I. button is listed in Albert's book as SU193 and in Tice's book as KYS280. It has the retailer’s mark of "Wm. H. SMITH & CO NEW YORK”. In the back Mark book by Bazelon & McGuinn they state that this firm was in business from 1847 only until 1865. Since they appear in no city directories after the Civil War we can deduce that this one is a true Civil War era Kentucky Military Institute uniform button. The eagle in the center of the buttons stands out quite well. It has some of the original gold gilding on the face of the button and you can still see the "K.M.I.” across the bottom. It is an excellent piece of Civil War history!


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