Illustration of a purple violet with green leaves on a white background with black text on the top and bottom edge.
THE WHITEHEAD & HOAG CO. NEWARK N.J. PATENTED JULY 17, 1894 APRIL 14, 1896 JULY 21, 1896
PAT JULY 21 1896
This button was a give-away button from American Pepsin Gum Company and was part of a collectible set. Many gum manufactures in the late 1800's used pepsin powder in their chewing gum and marketed it as a way to aid in digestion. Pepsin was thought to settle stomach issues and help people with digestive concerns.
Symbolism and meaning of the violet has Christian/religious roots. Christian symbolism uses the violet to embody the humility and modesty of Mary. Other Christian illustrations for the violet include faithfulness and spiritual wisdom.