Dec 08, 2012, 03:12 PM
G W BUTTON DUG 12-5-2012
Thought some of you folks would like to see this button I just dug from the South Carolina Low Country the other day. Me and three digging buds were hunting a hayfield that had given up a few eagle buttons and old coins. It's a place that's been pounded for 20 years but not long after we got there I dug an 1890-O Morgan dollar so I knew it wasn't totally hunted out Then I got a signal that read around 32 on the F-75. That kind of number usually ends up being a buck shot or some other small piece of junk but to my surprise it turned out to be an eagle coat button that got hit by the plow. Then about five feet away I get a 27 reading and out comes a little bitty button. I could just make out a shield on it but not much else. One of my buds was nearby and looked at it and we thought it might be a one piece Navy cuff or something but after it started to dry out a little I saw the G and could make out the eagle a bit better. That's when I alerted the boys that a GW had just been dug! It was near the end of the day so we were all digging every little blip that even tried to act like a signal but nothing else was found. This button is an Alberts WI23 but in an unlisted 14mm cuff size. These have just recently been discovered and are all being dug in the same general area as this one came from. This makes the fourth one I know of but the other three are all silver plated, so this one, as far as I know, is the only one in gold gilt. Now I've dug and cleaned hundreds of coins and buttons over the last 20+ years but I was actually scared when it came to working on this one. I started off with the hot peroxide method but it didn't do anything to help so I broke out the aluminum jelly and camel hair brush. A few finishing touches with a toothpick and here is the end result. Thanks for looking, Dave in SC
Dec 08, 2012, 03:36 PM
Dec 08, 2012, 03:39 PM
Congratulations on an awesome and very rare button find!
"For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also."
"People who like this sort of thing will find this the sort of thing they like"
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An unidentified “distinguished citizen of North Carolina, January 1840 in the “Madison Courier” of Madison, Indiana
Dec 08, 2012, 04:15 PM
Keep your coil to the soil!!!
That's a beauty. I'm thinking that will be in the banner very soon! Nice find!
Dec 08, 2012, 04:18 PM
Awesome find. Never see anything like it.
"Life's a garden. DIG IT!!!" - - Joe Dirt
Dec 08, 2012, 04:42 PM
Really great find. Congrats! I was in South Carolina this week myself on business. Apparently I should have brought my detector with me
Dec 08, 2012, 05:28 PM
congrats on a rare find!! never seen one before.
Dec 08, 2012, 05:39 PM
wow!! that is just incredible!! what beautiful condition!
Dec 08, 2012, 06:50 PM
Just superb and very rare. Please post a before cleaned picture, I want to see the wonders of aluminum jelly.
Dec 08, 2012, 07:12 PM
Originally Posted by dirtdigger1581
Dec 08, 2012, 07:17 PM
that's beautiful and no doubt very rare. congrats!
Dec 08, 2012, 08:16 PM
vaquero44 Brandon Moore
thats a super find of a life time
always on the quest of finding the machine that fits me!
Dec 08, 2012, 08:19 PM
Dec 08, 2012, 08:30 PM
Looks like another banner find!
Dec 08, 2012, 08:32 PM
Now that is what Im talking about! Congrats on the mother of all buttons. And something that BELONGS up top. Just beautiful.
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