Virginia State Seal Button – Horstmann & Allien / NY
Non excavated button depicts Virginia state seal, Virtus slaying the tyrant, intended for Virginia troops. This design of the state seal with the sword pointed down became prevalent from the 1850′s. This die variant, Albert 15B, features Virtus with feet in front of the tyrant. Backmark: “HORSTMANN & ALLIEN / (dot) NY (dot)” dm between two solid rings, inner ring of rays. Two part convex button, coat size (21mm).
Ref: Albert VA15B, Tice VA229B1.