Butternut necklace - confirm this

byron ed

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Victorians South and North were big on symbolism.

Here is a butternut section cut, said to be something a Confederate soldier would wear on a neck string or pinned to their uniform or hat to indicate the validity of secession and the Confederacy, i.e. "two nations in opposition yet hearts connected."

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Notice the center of the nut where yes, it seems seem two hearts are opposed yet connected.

Charming idea if true ...anyone familiar with this?.
 
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I've never heard of this either, unless it was worn as a secret identification mark by some copperhead organization in the North.
 

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Even though used as a dye for Confederate uniforms,* I'm not seeing that the Butternut tree grows very far South, so perhaps this is a Virginia / Kentucky/ Tennessee / N. Carolina thing -- or a Copperhead "secret" symbol. Perhaps only ever a family story...thanks for considering it.


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* Were butternuts collected in forage caps? Just kidding, Package4.
 



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