ALBANY BURGESSES CORPS SEMICENTENNIAL
Prior to American Revolution, Burgess was delegate of
popular branch (House of Burgesses) of Virginia legislature. Word defined,
also, as free-man of borough. Use of term spread elsewhere in colonial
America. In this case, Albany Burgesses Corps apparently organized 1833 as
quasi military unit, elaborately uniformed; participated in certain civic
ceremonies; functioned as parading escort to visiting dignitaries; regularly
marched in city parades. Organization no longer active.
Photos courtesy of W. David Perkins
Obv. Within center circle is City Seal; outside,
above Semi-Centennial; outside, below • Albany • Burgesses • Corps
•; beaded border.
Rev. Within center circle, across is a scroll /
Oct. 8, 1833 / scroll / Oct. 8, 1883 / scroll; outside above •
Semper •; outside below • Paratus • (translation: "Always
Prepared"); below all, in microscopic incuse text, Tiffany & Co.;
HK-593 Bronze. 41mm.
HK-593a Silver-plated Bronze.