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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 Organization no longer active.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.; beaded border.

HK-593 Bronze. 41mm.
HK-593a Silver-plated Bronze.