Fly/St. Inigoes House/Chapel
Context: Lot 638, Shovel test D11, Plowzone
Site Date Range: c. 1650-1750
Metal: Copper alloy
Dimensions: 1.19” (30.2 mm) wide,
.074” (18.8 mm) tall, .057” (1.4 mm) thick
“S•GNATIVS SOC IESV•F•” Latin abbreviation
for Saint Ignatius, Society of Jesus. The “F” may stand for
“fundatoris,” or Founder.
“S•FRANC• XAV• SOC IESV•I•AP”
Latin abbreviation for Saint Francis Xavier, Society of Jesus. Francis
Xavier was known as the “Apostle of the Indies,” and the “I
AP” is most likely a reference to this title.
St. Ignatius Loyola (1491-1556) was the leading founder of the Society
of Jesus, also known as the Jesuits. The formation of the Society of Jesus
was approved by papal bull in 1540, and Ignatius Loyola was canonized
in 1622 (Pollen
1912). He is the patron Saint of Jesuits and soldiers.
St. Francis Xavier (1506-1552) was one of six individuals
who joined with Ignatius Loyola to found the Society of Jesus. He was
canonized in 1622 and became the patron saint of foreign missions (http://www.catholic.org/saints/saint.php?saint_id=423).
Courtesy Naval District Washington, Webster Field