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    Bit by a RATTLESNAKE! Bucket list recovery

    Hey guys,

    Just got back from a few weeks overseas on a mission, just itching to get back at my new site in SC. Recoveries so far have been killer with an assortment of early silver, 18th century toy cannon, and a 1740s 2 escudo counterfeit. Definitely get the feeling these guys have money, but I knew there had to be something special left in that dirt. Landed the jet, hugged the wife and son, and snuck away for a few hours of dirt therapy . Few flat buttons and assorted lead had me a bit discouraged until the XP let out a broken chip among the iron. Flipped the plug, removed a few iron nails, and re-swung the hole...solid 75...definitely a flat button. Reached in with the pin pointer and pulled a heavily encrusted button.

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    Dry brushed like I always do in the field and noticed a ring of stars and shield. Knowing immediately what I had found, I just sat in the dirt in disbelief...my first rattlesnake button! Condition was rough given the salt water nearby, but 1000 flat buttons had prepared me for this one. Mineral oil soak, followed by careful mechanical toothpicking/brushing, along with a paste of baking soda/lemon juice. Finally a protective seal with renaissance wax...here is the progression

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    Normally I like to post all the finds together, but this one stands alone

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    This one is the closest in Don's Insignia of Independence, but notice the head orientation is different...some believe these are revolutionary war, but could also be slightly later with a political/patriotic intent. Either way is an incredible piece of American history.

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    Another incredible recovery from this dirt and a bucket lister for any button collector. As always thanks for your comments and good luck swinging this week.
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    awesome
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  3. #3
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    Big congrats Jon-what rare find! BANNER all the way
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    Amazing button find
    Congrats
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    us
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    Quote Originally Posted by DownNDirty View Post
    Big congrats Jon-what rare find! BANNER all the way
    Thanks for the a banner nod, Glenn - back at it this weekend
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    Quote Originally Posted by Relicific View Post
    Amazing button find
    Congrats
    Thanks Relicific, wanted to see one of these in the plug for as long as I've been swinging. Just something about the don't tread on me snake that screams America
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    Sweet dig, looks like a winner for sure!
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    us
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    I do love the rattlesnake buttons. That is a variety that you don't see very often, in fact I think that is the first one I've seen posted. If I had the money, I would try to put together a collection of all the varieties I could get my hands on. As I don't have the money, I have to settle for what I can dig. After digging my second Rattlesnake & Stars button, the tattoo went on the arm

    Banner vote going in
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    Spanish Silver Totals
    Cut Pieces = 19
    Half Reals = 29
    1 Reals = 11
    2 Reales = 6
    8 Reales = 1
    2 Reale Cobs = 2
    Other Early Silver Coins
    1797 & 1803 Draped Bust Dimes
    1830 Capped Bust 5 cents
    1827 Capped Bust dime
    1661 Hammered silver King Leopold
    1697 William III 6-pence
    Rev War Buttons
    3rd Battalion PA, Hartley's Regiment, USA, (4) 18th Royal Irish, (2) Rattlesnake & Stars

  10. #10
    us
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    Quote Originally Posted by washingtonian View Post
    Sweet dig, looks like a winner for sure!
    Thanks Washington, I'm a button guy so this one was at the top
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    us
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    Quote Originally Posted by Steve in PA View Post
    I do love the rattlesnake buttons. That is a variety that you don't see very often, in fact I think that is the first one I've seen posted. If I had the money, I would try to put together a collection of all the varieties I could get my hands on. As I don't have the money, I have to settle for what I can dig. After digging my second Rattlesnake & Stars button, the tattoo went on the arm

    Banner vote going in
    Now that tattoo is commitment Steve, digging 2 is like getting struck by lightning haha - thanks so much for the BANNER nod
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    That’s a first for my eyes. Nice cleanup job and a great save. Congrats
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    Sweet recovery. That is a banner button find in my book. Voted.

  15. #15
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    Quote Originally Posted by Steve in PA View Post
    I do love the rattlesnake buttons. That is a variety that you don't see very often, in fact I think that is the first one I've seen posted. If I had the money, I would try to put together a collection of all the varieties I could get my hands on. As I don't have the money, I have to settle for what I can dig. After digging my second Rattlesnake & Stars button, the tattoo went on the arm

    Banner vote going in
    That is one BADASS tat!! Your artist did you good...Ddf.

 

 
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