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    Posted 9 months ago

    klndish
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    Another family item from my grandmother. Lettering is too small for my eyes but it looks like a VS in the center and I can partially make out some of the lettering and roman numerals. ?? GRATIA DE SERVATUS M?CCCXXX, and maybe a 1 after the x's. Appreciate any help in identifying this. Not sure how it would have attached to clothing since it appears to be a solid shank behind the pin.

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    1. scottvez scottvez, 9 months ago
      Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War (SUVCW). It started in the late 19th century and continues today.

      Looks to be a lapel pin (through a button hole). A photo of the back and any manufacturers marks would be helpful.

      Your pin looks early.

      scott
    2. klndish klndish, 9 months ago
      Thank you again! I updated the photos to show the back but unfortunately I couldn't find any marks. Glad to know what it is though and thank you for sharing your knowledge.

      Lisa
    3. scottvez scottvez, 9 months ago
      It goes on a lapel in a button hole-- the larger back will hold it in place once.

      This style dates from the end of the 19th century.

      Here is a photo that shows how they were worn (GAR lapel button):

      https://www.ebay.com/itm/CIVIL-WAR-GAR-MILITARY-Grand-Army-of-the-Republic-Member-Lapel-Pin-Cabinet-Card-/142762328228?hash=item213d4c40a4%3Ag%3ANYQAAOSwFHZasSWY&nma=true&si=ONAyO3VxJv3Rp%252FpilWuAASL%252FzAk%253D&orig_cvip=true&nordt=true&rt=nc&_trksid=p2047675.l2557

      scott
    4. klndish klndish, 9 months ago
      It's nice to see how it was worn...thank you!

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