Sword Belt Buckle of Commodore Uriah P. Levy
Title: Buckle, Sword Belt, Commodore Uriah P. Levy
Accession #: NHHC 1976-98-B
Size: 3 x 1.75
Location: Headquarters Artifact Collection, Naval History and Heritage Command
One brass belt buckle. Larger portion is circular with wreath surrounding navy style button all as one molded assembly. Scrolling sections of leaves protrude from the wreath to make up the belt loops. The circular button on the center of the belt contains stars and rope surrounding an eagle holding a foul anchor in its' talons. The smaller section of the belt buckle has a hook to link to the pin on the larger section, with a matching style to the other belt loop; leaves protruding from wreath to make up belt loop.
While most known for his purchase, restoration, and donation of President Jefferson's Monticello, CDRE Levy led a prominent Navy career. Fighting in the first Barbary Wars, he was on the USS Argus (1803) in the War of 1812 and was part of the crew that was captured on August 14, 1813. He successfully pushed for the abolition of flogging in the Navy. He was placed in command of the Mediterranean Squadron earning him the rank of Commodore. Levy died in 1862.