Rare Bucks County PA. Light Dragoons “Loyalist” Button
c. April 1778 American Revolutionary War Period. Military Button. Bucks County Light Dragoons. Philadelphia, PA. Original Gilding with Partial Shank. Very Fine.
23mm. Fully legible "BUCKS" on obverse with the central device appears to be a Pelican.
It retains much original coppery-gold gilding as shown. The reverse has a partial shank, and fairly legible inscription. A known and listed American “Loyalist” Regiment that served with the British Army in the American Revolution between 1778 and 1780. The Bucks County Dragoons was a British Provincial Military unit raised for service during the American Revolutionary War. It was raised at Philadelphia in February of 1778 and returned with the British army to New York in 1778. It was attached to the Queen's Rangers for the 1779 campaign and to the British Legion for the 1780 campaign. It was permanently merged into the British Legion in 1782. Extremely Rare. Not listed in Troiani. As printed in the “Royal Pennsylvania Gazette,” newspaper (Philadelphia), of April 21, 1778:
“Bucks County Light Dragoons -- Recruiting Notice -- Bucks County Light Dragoons.
YOUNG men willing to serve in this troop for two years, or during the rebellion, will have Five Dollars Bounty; be immediately clothed and accoutred, and have every encouragement.
Apply to Captain SANDFORD, or Lieut. WILLETT, at the GEORGE in Second-street, or at the CHEQUERS, near the market-guard, in Market-street. -- One Dollar will be given to any person who brings a recruit. -- A good price will be given for horses fit for the light dragoons service. Enquire as above. -- April 21 (1778).”