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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)
    1834 J. Hall Walker & Walton New Orleans Hard Times Token (8-15 examples known)
    Kentucky Military Institute Button
    Louisiana Pelican Civil War Coat Button
    TWO Louisiana Pelican Civil War Cuff Buttons
    New York Civil War Coat Button
    General Staff Officer's Civil War Button
    Two Eagle "I" Cuff Buttons
    "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
    1807 and 1808 Half Reales
    1835 Capped Bust Half Dime
    1842 and 1845 1/4 Francs
    1858-O Seated Quarter
    1854-O (or 1855-O) Seated Quarter
    1906-O and 1916 Barber Quarters
    1839-O, 1857, 1876, and one dateless Seated Dime
    Two 1853-O's 1854-O, 1855-O, 1857, and 1858-O Seated Half Dimes
    1899-O and 1900-O Barber Dimes
    1942, 1943, and 1957-D Washington Quarters
    Antique Silver Ring
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