This Georgia state button is one of the few military buttons that includes a date, in this case 1861. When a
date appears on an item not commonly dated, it should make the viewer suspect a fake, but as mentioned I am not
including fakes in this quiz. This button is an original. The firm of William G. Mintzer was an old Philadelpia
military outfitter whose buttons for the most part were manufactured by the firm of Steele and Johnson. For reasons
unknown the date 1861 was included on the die for the backmark of this button. We can only assume that it had
something to do with the fact that the state of Georgia was either soon to become or had become the enemy. Northern
military outfitters had strong commercial ties with the south and it is known that many of them resented a little thing
like a war interfering with their business relationships. In 1870 the Mintzer firm became R. M. Robinson.