This small black glass button, shared on ButtonBytes forum by Joni Goldbarg, has inscriptions in Greek. What does it say?
A WRBA member consulted with 2 experts — one a Classics professor and the other a professor of Modern Greek Language. She reported back on ButtonBytes:
They are of the opinion that it’s simply a greekified object (my word). The symbols don’t spell any words and the S at the top is of course not a greek letter. So possibly just some fraternity or sorority thing.
Is this a button from a fraternity or a sorority?
An American fraternity using greek letters, Phi Beta Kappa Society at the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia, dates back to 1776. It was found at the Raleigh Tavern, a gathering place for legislators in the pre-American Revolutionary Way Colony of Virginia, but I digress. This black button is probably from the mid-19th Century.
However, the origin of this button is currently unknown to us.
The above is based on the National Button Society's Classification System.
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