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    tombac buttons - how to identify??/

    I have some buttons that I have uncovered at a site that has given me coins and artifacts from the 1800's. The oldest coin I have is a large cent date 1811. The question I have is about how to identify if some of the buttons I have are tombac buttons or not. Most are flat with no words stamped on them. One has a shiny silver look to it and the shank was not attached but you can see where it used to be.

    ANy help would be appreciated. If pics are needed I can post also.

    Thanks

    Funkman

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    Re: tombac buttons - how to identify??/

    Tombac buttons are shiny and brittle-looking. They are, in fact, brittle. The alloy they're made from (shiny looking, and reads lower than a brass button does on a detector) gives them their name. Here's a photo. Tombacs on the left:

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    Sometimes it takes a thorough cleaning to see the shiny metal underneath all the crud and corrosion. When I found these 2 on the left, they looked like iron.

    Regards,

    Buckleboy
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    Quote Originally Posted by funkman View Post
    I have some buttons that I have uncovered at a site that has given me coins and artifacts from the 1800's. The oldest coin I have is a large cent date 1811. The question I have is about how to identify if some of the buttons I have are tombac buttons or not. Most are flat with no words stamped on them. One has a shiny silver look to it and the shank was not attached but you can see where it used to be.

    ANy help would be appreciated. If pics are needed I can post also.

    Thanks

    Funkman
    yeah, lets see some pix!!
    2015 CaneField Bandits Totals:
    c.1812-1815 Planter's Bank Counterstamped cut segment of an 8 Reales (75-100 examples known)
    Kentucky Military Institute CW Button
    General Staff Officer's CW Button
    "In Hoc Signo Vinces" Masonic Sword Belt Plate
    Antebellum coin silver "twin hearts" ring
    Mexican War era medallion from an officer's stirrup
    Bingham Miliary School Cap Badge
    1835 Capped Bust Half Dime
    1845 1/4 Franc
    1858-O Seated Quarter
    1854-O (or 1855-O) Seated Quarter
    1876 and one dateless Seated Dime
    1853-O Seated Half Dime
    1899-O and 1900-O Barber Dimes
    Antique Silver Ring
    Two Sword Hangers
    Civil War bullets
    IH's, Beefaloes, V Nickels, and GawGag

    OUR 2014 YEAR-END POST: http://www.treasurenet.com/forums/today-s-finds/446995-what-sweet-year-2014-canebandits-wrap-up-lots-pics.html
    OUR 2013 YEAR-END POST: http://www.treasurenet.com/forums/to...-end-post.html
    OUR 2012 YEAR END POST: http://www.treasurenet.com/forums/20...ml#post3120940

    Any relics, coins, or other items appearing in my signatures were found on PRIVATE PROPERTY with total consent and permission from the owners of said property.

 

 

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