Lot 28: Little Bighorn Battle Relic
26th April 2018
One of the last surviving relics of the Battle of Little Bighorn, U.S. Cavalry button with crossed swords, worn by one of the soldiers who likely died there from the 7th U.S. Cavalry serving under General George Custer. Metal button has insignia of crossed swords and still retains yellow fabric on verso, where it was attached to the soldier's uniform. Button was part of the collection of Stella Foote, and then part of the equally impressive Alexander Acevedo collection, who auctioned the piece through Butterfield & Butterfield as part of Lot 113 in their ''Important Custer, Indian War & Western Memorabilia'' sale on 4 April 1995. Button measures 1'' in diameter. Light wear but overall in very good plus condition with insignia quite pronounced. A scarce piece from one of the most consequential battles between U.S. and Native American forces.
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