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    Good thing it wasn't the 73st Regiment or the 74nd. Those are much more common than the 71th.
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    Nice one, and very lucky the iron didn't leach into the pewter as is often the case.

    Seal that edge right away! The cracked portion may dry out and fall off fairly soon.
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  3. #18
    Quote Originally Posted by BuckleBoy View Post
    Good thing it wasn't the 73st Regiment or the 74nd. Those are much more common than the 71th.

    Are you sure about that? 73rd is irrelevant not having served, and I would put the 71st as more common, unless you break it down into varieties because there is way more types for 71st than 74th. Off the top of my head the area that has produced the most 74ths I think is Castine Maine, but believe there was also 71st buttons dug there too. (would have to grab the book to be sure) But in general I think 71st shows up more at various locations... and I have even dug two of them myself. I think I need a 2nd cup of coffee because I almost forget about my own.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BuckleBoy View Post
    Good thing it wasn't the 73st Regiment or the 74nd. Those are much more common than the 71th.

    Are you sure about that? 73rd is irrelevant not having served, and I would put the 71st as more common, unless you break it down into varieties because there is way more types for 71st than 74th. Off the top of my head the area that has produced the most 74ths I think is Castine Maine, but believe there was also 71st buttons dug there too. (would have to grab the book to be sure) But in general I think 71st shows up more at various locations... and I have even dug two of them myself. I think I need a 2nd cup of coffee because I almost forget about my own.
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    Great button D&D! Hoping to get into some Rev War sites this spring. That button will be a great addition to your military case
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    Quote Originally Posted by Iron Patch View Post
    Are you sure about that? 73rd is irrelevant not having served, and I would put the 71st as more common, unless you break it down into varieties because there is way more types for 71st than 74th. Off the top of my head the area that has produced the most 74ths I think is Castine Maine, but believe there was also 71st buttons dug there too. (would have to grab the book to be sure) But in general I think 71st shows up more at various locations... and I have even dug two of them myself. I think I need a 2nd cup of coffee because I almost forget about my own.
    He heard ya the first time bro! Lol I will let ya know about the Regt buttons in Maine come spring. I plan on digging a few myself. I think 8 Rev War buttons is what I will shoot for in 2016. Might as well make it 8 1812s as well. Only 3 to go
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ahab8 View Post
    He heard ya the first time bro! Lol I will let ya know about the Regt buttons in Maine come spring. I plan on digging a few myself. I think 8 Rev War buttons is what I will shoot for in 2016. Might as well make it 8 1812s as well. Only 3 to go

    Funny that post when on no problem so it was the site that doubled it up and not me. Buckleboy doesn't have to hear things twice like you do... so I'll tell you again... you better turn it up for 2016 to have a chance! I'm basically back to where I was last Winter, not having much for new ideas, and not a high degree of confidence it will be a good year, but there's no point in thinking about it because it's impossible to say how it will go. Just one very small piece of metal can make all the difference in the world. I do think you are going to have a very good year, but will it be good enough? I guess we will see.
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  8. #23
    Great button. Congrats on your second regiment find. Hogge
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    Very nice digs, congrats!
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    Quote Originally Posted by DownNDirty View Post
    Any ideas what these might be? I found them close together on the site.
    Yep.. those are "runners" from a gang mold similar to this..

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    Quote Originally Posted by BuckleBoy View Post
    Good thing it wasn't the 73st Regiment or the 74nd. Those are much more common than the 71th.
    The 71st saw a lot of action in the Southern Campaign, especially in South Carolina (where this one was found). But regardless it is pretty special to me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Iron Patch View Post
    Funny that post when on no problem so it was the site that doubled it up and not me. Buckleboy doesn't have to hear things twice like you do... so I'll tell you again... you better turn it up for 2016 to have a chance! I'm basically back to where I was last Winter, not having much for new ideas, and not a high degree of confidence it will be a good year, but there's no point in thinking about it because it's impossible to say how it will go. Just one very small piece of metal can make all the difference in the world. I do think you are going to have a very good year, but will it be good enough? I guess we will see.
    The beauty of this hobby is that one hole can produce the find of a lifetime. I am excited now that I've had a little taste of early military buttons. It was encouraging that some of the pewters were in good shape. It makes me believe that if I do dig a rare one it could actually be in nice shape. Even the common ones will display nicely which is encouraging. Our bet just adds a bit on incentive which may get us to dig just one more hole which could be the killer find
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ahab8 View Post
    The beauty of this hobby is that one hole can produce the find of a lifetime. I am excited now that I've had a little taste of early military buttons. It was encouraging that some of the pewters were in good shape. It makes me believe that if I do dig a rare one it could actually be in nice shape. Even the common ones will display nicely which is encouraging. Our bet just adds a bit on incentive which may get us to dig just one more hole which could be the killer find

    For brass dug from the fields here it seems like a coin flip for condition, but pewter always suffers bad. Any site away from a farm field I think you have a much better shot at a nice pewter button. The thing is that real good one is not going to come along often so you really gotta hope it's the one time you get lucky with condition. But even so-so condition a rare Rev War button is a rare Rev War button!
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    Fantastic button!
    Great research pay off.
    Way to go.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ctalmadg View Post
    Yep.. those are "runners" from a gang mold similar to this..

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    Thanks ctalmadg. Do you know if those molds were used by civilians and military, or just one or the other?

 

 
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