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    I need a Revolutionary War guy with some knowledge. Need opinion

    I detect a Fort in New Orleans the “Old Spanish Fort” basically it’s has brinks up still, but archaeologists have excavated it and became a Amusement Park in the 30’s and a Party Park in the 80’s me included. Well I’ve found a grapeshot the and a Revolutionary War French Infantry “Scripted I” pewter button. Now I was on the side of the fort dig in a white shell mound among the iron and luck up with a small skeleton key. It was a small hunk of rust and I broke off the softer part and came out with this Click image for larger version. 

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ID:	1718871 Then I did electrolysis on it and got this. Click image for larger version. 

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ID:	1718872 My question is what’s the odds on it being Rev war or earlier? Did some research and stumbled upon some hand forged French 1700’s skeleton keys that is closest to this on. Click image for larger version. 

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ID:	1718877This one’s around 4”. This key measures at 2 1/2” and I’m sure some broke of. The Fort was first occupied by the French in 1701 then later on buy the Spanish. Question is do you think this is a hand forged 1700’s key or Revolutionary War early 1800’s key? Click image for larger version. 

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ID:	1718881The Script “I” Infantry button[ATTACH]1718882[/ATTACH and the grapeshot ball Click image for larger version. 

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    So with all that what’s your opinion? Thanks for any feedback
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    Ive got skeletons from 1600s thru 1800s areas - its hard to tell them apart
    usually we just go by what is found with or around them up here in New eng.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CASPER-2 View Post
    Ive got skeletons from 1600s thru 1800s areas - its hard to tell them apart
    usually we just go by what is found with or around them up here in New eng.
    Hey Casper well the French were there in the 1700’s and the Spanish were there 1800’s but my only 2 artifacts where the French scripted I Rev Button and the grapeshot. So I’ll say early 1800’s. I’m happy with that
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    A couple things. The key can be 18th to 19th century. I would guess around 1800-1820 as this is the age of the items found. The "I" button you have is a standard issue US War of 1812 Infantry button. They are well documented, so this would have been made in the time frame for the Battle of New Orleans in 1815. Keep digging, there will be more. You probably should pick up a copy of Albert's book on buttons if you can find one. I also have "Uniform Buttons of the United States", but it does not go as early as the War of 1812.
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    Quote Originally Posted by smokeythecat View Post
    A couple things. The key can be 18th to 19th century. I would guess around 1800-1820 as this is the age of the items found. The "I" button you have is a standard issue US War of 1812 Infantry button. They are well documented, so this would have been made in the time frame for the Battle of New Orleans in 1815. Keep digging, there will be more. You probably should pick up a copy of Albert's book on buttons if you can find one. I also have "Uniform Buttons of the United States", but it does not go as early as the War of 1812.
    I always appreciate you smoky You’ve always steered me in the right direction God bless you
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    Thanks Truth. I tend to shoot straight. Going detecting tomorrow. Rev War site. That "I" button is actually in pretty good shape. Lots come out of the ground now looking like used dog food. Yours is nice. I've found a couple of the brass officers' buttons, but for some unknown reason never found one of these.
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    Quote Originally Posted by smokeythecat View Post
    Thanks Truth. I tend to shoot straight. Going detecting tomorrow. Rev War site. That "I" button is actually in pretty good shape. Lots come out of the ground now looking like used dog food. Yours is nice. I've found a couple of the brass officers' buttons, but for some unknown reason never found one of these.
    Good luck smokey let us know how it went

 

 

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