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  1. #1

    Mar 2015
    4 times
    All Types Of Treasure Hunting

    Button Collecting!

    Hello, I am currently doing a project on collecting in particular reference to buttons. I was wondering if anyone would be able to provide me information on their own button collecting.

    I was wondering how the collection came about? - why do you collect buttons?
    How do you collect/store the buttons?
    Is there a particular favourite (or more than one) - is there a story behind the reason to why it is your favourite?
    Are there particular styles you look for? - and if so, why?

    Any information you would be able to provide me would be really interesting and useful. Any picture attachments would also be greatly appreciated.


  2. #2
    Feb 2013
    Luzerne County, Pa
    Fisher F75, Garrett ATPro, Garrett GTAx 500
    9349 times
    Metal Detecting
    Honorable Mentions (2)
    I don't " collect " because I just haven't found enough to actually call it that. I am very pleased with a couple I have been fortunate enough to find though. The first " good " button was an 1830's-1840's civilian-use one still showing some gold gilt. The pattern is a grape cluster with leaves. The loop contains thread that might actually be period according to a very respected member of this forum. That is why it is my favorite.
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  3. #3
    Feb 2013
    Luzerne County, Pa
    Fisher F75, Garrett ATPro, Garrett GTAx 500
    9349 times
    Metal Detecting
    Honorable Mentions (2)
    This one would have to be my favorite flat button. The simple construction with the loop being off center, makes me believe it is an old one.
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  4. #4
    Feb 2009
    Atlanta, Michigan
    Tesoro Tigershark and Tesoro Cibola Minelab 505, Etrac
    59 times
    All Types Of Treasure Hunting
    I don't collect either, but I have every button I have ever found in 38 years of detecting, all in a couple of cigar boxes. Never have even cleaned them.
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  5. #5
    Multitasking Extraordinar/Ninja By Night

    Dec 2016
    So cal
    24 times
    Vintage/Antique Glass, Antique Buttons, Art Deco, Matchbooks, Vintage Books, war itemsl
    I am a long time collector. Would love to share!
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  6. #6

    Dec 2016
    28 times
    All Types Of Treasure Hunting
    Four of my late-2016 button finds. They're not the most unique, but very historical! The two metal buttons are c1860's Union Army uniform pants buttons dug near Fort Churchill, Nv. The two oyster shell buttons were dug in Virginia City, Nv. The bottom right is the tiniest, most delicate button Ive ever found.

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  7. #7
    Nov 2013
    Minelab E-Trac, Garrett AT-Pro, Garrett Pro-pointer-AT
    1467 times
    All Types Of Treasure Hunting
    Banner Finds (1)
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    I did a dig recently you guys can read about in the new Western & Eastern Treasures (Jan) It was the remains of a shoddy mill littered with buttons. If you like buttons, check it out
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  8. #8
    Nov 2015
    26 times
    Pinback buttons
    Mine are Pinback buttons not sure if you meant these or sewing/uniform buttons but here are two links the 1st to about 5% of my buttons these are anti war

    this 2nd link is to a feature story done by Collectorsweekly on me and my buttons
    Pushing Buttons: In Our Divided America, Political Pinbacks Give Anyone a Voice | Collectors Weekly

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  9. #9
    Sep 2016
    Toronto, Ontario
    X-TERRA 705, Equinox 800.
    501 times
    Metal Detecting
    Hi there. I am not collecting them but just storing them - cause I didn't find many yet. In the future I am planning to make a display cause I have and hope will find some more old buttons. In the past the buttons played role of jewelry . I love finding them.
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  10. #10
    Charter Member

    Dec 2015
    Ann Arbor
    Equinox 800
    32050 times
    All Types Of Treasure Hunting
    Honorable Mentions (2)
    wow thats amazing saving our past
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  11. #11
    Charter Member

    Nov 2013
    XP Deus, F75Ltd., AT PRO, Garrett pointer
    47174 times
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    Welcome to Tnet from Mississippi.
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  12. #12
    Mar 2012
    Whites MXT ALL PRO, Minelab Safari
    3640 times
    Relic Hunting
    Very nice Historical buttons here. I love finding buttons from the War of Northern Aggression. Confetrit' buttons are among my favorite ones to find because they are so much more rare. But I'll keep Yankee buttons too Lol. Eagle buttons are cool to find also.
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