Museum Closure

The New-York Historical Society will close at 3pm on November 26 and remain closed through November 27. For details, please visit our calendar.

Badge

Badge
Title
Badge
Date 
1784
Medium 
Silk, gold, enamel
Dimensions 
overall, with ribbon: 2 1/8 x 7 3/8 in. ( 5.4 x 18.7 cm )
Description 
Badge of the society of Cincinnati, consisting of silk ribbon of pale blue with white edges, with rosette, attached by gold loop to badge in the form of an eagle with outstretched wings and a wreath around his head; obverse has eagle head facing left, and oval plaque at center of eagle with enameled image of Cincinnatus receiving a sword; reverse has eagle head facing right and enameled plaque at center with scene of city and Cincinnatus in foreground; eagle, plaque and portion of wreath decorated with enamels; plaques with Latin inscriptions around perimeter of oval.
Credit Line 
Gift of Frederic Gallatin, 1889
Object Number 
INV.763
Marks 
written: on reverse of enamel plaque: "VIRT. PREM. SOCI.CIN.RUM. INST.A.D. 1783" written: on obverse of enamel plaque: "OMNIA. RELINQT. SERVAT. REMPB."
Gallery Label 
The Society of the Cincinnati was formed in 1783 by Major-General Henry Knox and other Revolutionary War officers to maintain and perpetuate the personal associations established during the war. This badge was worn by General Ebenezer Stevens (1751-1823), vice president of the New York branch of the Society. He is depicted wearing it in the portrait by Edward Savage (1915.1). His certificate of membership in the Cincinnati, signed by Washington, is also at the NYHS.
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group