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  1. #21
    us
    Oct 2007
    Pascagoula Ms.
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    Re: Blowhole Buttons Only.....

    My best guess is French made.I only say that because some of the things found at the site & in my area French period (1719-1722)‎. Maybe i'm wrong if crusader finds them a lot -but the English & spanish had different ways of casting buttons in this time....
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  3. #22

    May 2009
    Pennsylvania
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    Relic Hunting

    Re: Blowhole Buttons Only.....

    Quote Originally Posted by Don in SJ
    I personally think the vast majority of blowhole (vent back) buttons we find are more like early to mid 1700s, yes they first appeared past 1675 or so but based on the ones I have found over the years, most of my sites at the earliest would be 1730 or so, with most being Rev War era and later. Not to say one could have had the buttons/clothing for many years before settling here, but in general I think they are of that era.

    I went through my button boxes, where I did not have that type seperated and this is all I could find, some with just the back shell, I know I have others but heavens knows what nock or cranny I have them stored at.


    This photo is from a very isolated site that shows a good representation of what was found along with the blowhole button, I estimate the site to have been occupied only for a short time (less than a generation) and most likely from 1730 till perhaps 1760s. I believe this sawmill was abandoned about then and bigger one built on a nearby stream, thus closing this one down.



    Don
    Thank you for the presentation, Don. You do have a lot of these buttons and should be proud to say that you have hunted the earliest sites that SJ can offer. We found three Blowhole buttons last year as a group. I believe Kyle got two from the productive Colonial site in March.

    Since I have learned more about them, I could dig these buttons all day long.

    Kirk

    Quote Originally Posted by RELICDUDE07
    My best guess is French made.I only say that because some of the things found at the site & in my area French period (1719-1722)‎. Maybe i'm wrong if crusader finds them a lot -but the English & spanish had different ways of casting buttons in this time....
    Thank you for sharing the Blowhole buttons that you excavated in West Florida.

    Kirk
    Keep the passion high!

  4. #23
    us
    Dec 2004
    South Florida
    70's Whites TM Amphibian, HH Pulse, Ace 250
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    Beach and Shallow Water Hunting

    Re: Blowhole Buttons Only.....

    I was not familiar with these buttons. Thanks to CC for bringing these to my attention.

    Being an ex-A/C repairman and plumber, I can verify that you cannot solder a pipe without an exit for the expanding gases.
    If you dont vent the pipe somewhere, it will blow the solder out of the seam.
    Thus the need for blow holes.

    I know most shanks are soldered but are modern 2 piece buttons pressed together?
    Is it done after the shank is soldered?

  5. #24
    us
    Apr 2008
    MA
    Minelab Explorer SE Pro, Minelab CTX3030, Teknetics T2SE, Blisstool
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    Metal Detecting

    Re: Blowhole Buttons Only.....

    I have a fourth one somewhere, but I can't seem to find it.

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  6. #25
    us
    Jul 2010
    Pittsburgh, PA
    Fisher F75, Fisher 1266, Fisher 1270, Whites TDI, Garrett AT Gold
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    Banner Finds (2)

    Re: Blowhole Buttons Only.....

    Here are some of mine.
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  7. #26
    ca
    May 2008
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    All Types Of Treasure Hunting
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    I just got one yesterday, there were two in the same hole. I already gave one away. I don't think I've found a complete one before, but haven't checked over all my junk buttons.

    Anyway I found this thread searching for info on it, it is in good condition, and was included in my last post 1816 6 pence. http://www.treasurenet.com/forums/to...ml#post2777019

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