|This is a pre-order item: Estimated shipping date is 30th Apr 2014|
Inspired by the iconic Gadsden Flag, this solid brass belt buckle is a great way to display your love for our liberty and freedom. "Don't Tread on Me", a warning made famous during the American Revolution, is featured above the classic coiled snake emblem.
Dating back to the War for Independence, the Gadsden flag has long been a symbol of America's opposition to tyranny. Named after it's designer, Gen. Christopher Gadsden, the Gadsden flag was first used in 1775 as the personal standard for the flagship of the Continental Navy. Use of the rattlesnake symbolism originated with Benjamin Franklin's famous "Join, or Die" political cartoon in 1754. Franklin later explained why he chose the rattlesnake to symoblize the American spirit:
"She never begins an attack, nor, when once engaged, ever surrenders: She is therefore an emblem of magnanimity and true courage. ... she never wounds till she has generously given notice, even to her enemy, and cautioned him against the danger of stepping on her.—Was I wrong, Sir, in thinking this a strong picture of the temper and conduct of America?"
Today, the flag has become a favorite of those who still believe in the liberties our Founding Fathers fought and died for. Display your love for freedom and delcare to the world, "Don't Tread On Me".
Size is 2½" x 3¼" — Fits up to a 1¾" belt.
Made in the U.S.A. with the highest quality craftsmanship.