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Object Name BADGE
Catalog Number 0985.07.00135t
Description The badge consists of two parts - a metal and celluloid pendant and a silk ribbon. The ribbon has no markings but is striped white and red. The white stripe is on the left while the red stripe is on the right. The ribbon's bottom is folded to a point so it can thread through a small metal loop at the top of the metal pendant. A small metal eagle clutching a laurel garland in its beak is adhered to the center of the pendant. The eagle is surrounded by a circular Army of Northern Virginia pattern flag paper celluloid printed in red, blue, and white. Each quadrant of the red background has white lettering. "LA" is printed on the left quadrant; "A" is printed on the upper quadrant; "DIV" is printed on the right quadrant; and "T" is printed on the lower quadrant. A metal rim encircles the flag. This rim contains a raised laurel garland image. The metal pendant is extremely tarnished. The back of the badge rests against the backing of the frame and is therefore, not visible. This badge is part of a large framed collection (0985.7.135); the rest of the collection is enumerated separately (0985.7.135a- 0985.7.135s, 0985.7.135u-0985.7.135hh).
Dimensions H-2.625 W-1.125 Dia-1.125 inches
Owned Varina Anne Davis (Winnie)
Event Death and burial of Jefferson Davis, 1889
Provenance The badge is attached to a calling card containing a handwritten note. The card's name reads, "Mrs. Jefferson Davis" in script. The writing on the card is partially covered by the badge but comments on the placement of the badge on Jefferson Davis' coffin and then its presentation to her.

"Badge laid on the coffin of Jefferson Davis, and flowers from his coffin, sent to Mrs. Jefferson Davis."

This badge was removed from Davis' coffin when he was first interred at Metairie Cemetery in New Orleans on December 11, 1889; or his re-interment at Hollywood Cemetery in Richmond, Virginia on May 26, 1893. The note from the 1905 CMLS Catalog reads, "Mississippi Room, case 1, no. 9: Badge laid on the coffin of Jefferson Davis and flowers from his coffin, sent by Mrs. Jefferson Davis."
People Davis, Varina Anne (Winnie)
Davis, Jefferson
Davis, Varina Banks Howell [Mrs. Jefferson]
Howell, Varina Banks