#137 S.S. Maine

This brass button commemorates the U.S. Navy ship that sank in Havana Harbor in 1898, an event that instigated the Spanish-American War later that year. In the century following the event, several major investigations have not conclusively shown the cause of the explosion that killed 261 sailors. However, much evidence points to an internal rather than an external cause. Wobble loop shank. Est. selling price is $100-200.