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    Button identification?!

    Found these buttons at a late 1700s homesite that is still standing. Any idea what these date to? I'm new to buttons so I have no clue. Large one is slightly convex, no markings. Small one is flat, also no markings. Tossed in my other find today ( 1904 Indian) for size comparison.
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    Large one is whats normally called a Tombac button. Small one is just a regular flat button.
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    Quote Originally Posted by baspinall View Post
    Large one is whats normally called a Tombac button. Small one is just a regular flat button.
    Thank you!! Any info is helpful. Like I said, buttons are a different language when it comes to me haha

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    Button identification?!

    Little one looks like it's a tombac button as well. Hit that spot hard!

    Here's some info...

    "It's made of a material called "tombac", a brass alloy made with a large amount of copper and 5-20% zinc. The result is a highly durable button which resists corrosion. The back has a raised cone shaped base where a copper or iron shank would have been soldered on. Tombac buttons were used for both military and civilian purposes, and were mass produced in the late 1700's."
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    I can see the rings (machine marks) on the small one. The large one I cannot. It just appears smooth. Does this imply that it was pressed or molded due to its convex shape?

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    I edited my post above with more info added.
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    Quote Originally Posted by K1DDO1979 View Post
    I edited my post above with more info added.
    Awesome! Thank you! So it's safe to say I probably have a couple of late 1700s buttons! The house was last occupied in 1805 according to the owner today. Construction of a railway was underway only feet from the house but was never completed. Leaving the house vacant all these years. The property around the house was turned into sheep pasture during the depression and a small barn/storage building was constructed behind the house. Which is likely why I found the 1904 Indian head penny there! Will for sure hit this spot again hard!!

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    It's pretty safe to say you'll get some great oldies there. Go slow and overlap your swings. Stuff could be deep. That big button is sweet. How deep were the buttons?
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    You're gonna laugh when I tell you.. Like I said before, this house was virtually untouched since 1805... I found the Indian head at the surface, maybe under an inch... Both buttons were at only 2 inches! I only was out for maybe an hour.. Did a quick scan and that's what I pulled out as well as some old forks, spoons, a few buckles, some wood stove parts, an old pair of eye glasses, and what I believe to be a chain to a pocket watch. I use the garret at pro. I figured I'd be hunting among a lot of trash so I had my small coil on but I will be tossing the big one on to reach a little deeper for sure!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jesse Keefer View Post
    You're gonna laugh when I tell you.. Like I said before, this house was virtually untouched since 1805... I found the Indian head at the surface, maybe under an inch... Both buttons were at only 2 inches! I only was out for maybe an hour.. Did a quick scan and that's what I pulled out as well as some old forks, spoons, a few buckles, some wood stove parts, an old pair of eye glasses, and what I believe to be a chain to a pocket watch. I use the garret at pro. I figured I'd be hunting among a lot of trash so I had my small coil on but I will be tossing the big one on to reach a little deeper for sure!
    Sounds like a great spot. Slap that coil on and get there asap! Haha
    I look forward to seeing what comes out of there. Snow still has me stuck home but it's melting fast!
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    I bet! It's just starting to feel like spring here finally... And I will be there tomorrow if it doesnt rain too hard tonight. I'll post pics of I find anything worthy!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jesse Keefer View Post
    I bet! It's just starting to feel like spring here finally... And I will be there tomorrow if it doesnt rain too hard tonight. I'll post pics of I find anything worthy!
    I always found the rain made the silver coins come out of hiding. You said you got a ATP so your good to go anyway! Haha
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    I've only had it for a few months. I love it so far! So simple to use and very good for trashy sites! I've got a system down of picking out all the large iron first before hitting the good targets. I was not aware of what iron masking was until watching the video for the ATP. Getting rid of some iron can reveal a lot of treasures!

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    I did a few tests with coins near large iron and I was surprised what you can pass up if you abuse the iron discrim.

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    "Nova Scotia is a metal detecting paradise"

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jesse Keefer View Post
    I've only had it for a few months. I love it so far! So simple to use and very good for trashy sites! I've got a system down of picking out all the large iron first before hitting the good targets. I was not aware of what iron masking was until watching the video for the ATP. Getting rid of some iron can reveal a lot of treasures!
    Very good thing to do if you have lots of time. If you can go back on a regular basis I personally would coin shoot and also dig all the best target hits first and then go for the cleaning out the other stuff when you get the easy targets all dug. Unless it's just a really small area to do then maybe not. Just my option though!
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