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  1. #1
    us
    Feb 2014
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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.
    gold boy, Johncoho, ronr and 86 others like this.
    2018 Best Coins

    -1713 Columbia 2 escudos counterfeit
    -1721 Rosa Americana 1/2
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    -1739/1786 1/2 Real
    -1781/1797 1 Real
    -1783 Nova Constellatio
    -1805, 1816 LC

    2018 Best Relics

    -18th century gold ring
    -Rattlesnake button
    -82nd Regiment of Foot
    -British neck stock
    -18th century toy cannon
    -1819 Navy officer button
    -1820s Patriotic cockade button
    -1600s strap buckle pair
    -SC militia button x3
    -Confederate artillery button

  2. #2
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    awesome
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  3. #3
    us
    Colonial relic hound

    Jun 2015
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    Big congrats Jon-what rare find! BANNER all the way
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  4. #4
    ca
    Feb 2017
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    Amazing button find
    Congrats
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    To Dig or not to Dig

  5. #5
    us
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  6. #6
    us
    Feb 2014
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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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    -1739/1786 1/2 Real
    -1781/1797 1 Real
    -1783 Nova Constellatio
    -1805, 1816 LC

    2018 Best Relics

    -18th century gold ring
    -Rattlesnake button
    -82nd Regiment of Foot
    -British neck stock
    -18th century toy cannon
    -1819 Navy officer button
    -1820s Patriotic cockade button
    -1600s strap buckle pair
    -SC militia button x3
    -Confederate artillery button

  7. #7
    us
    Feb 2014
    Lowcountry, South Carolina
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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
    A2coins likes this.
    2018 Best Coins

    -1713 Columbia 2 escudos counterfeit
    -1721 Rosa Americana 1/2
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    -1739/1786 1/2 Real
    -1781/1797 1 Real
    -1783 Nova Constellatio
    -1805, 1816 LC

    2018 Best Relics

    -18th century gold ring
    -Rattlesnake button
    -82nd Regiment of Foot
    -British neck stock
    -18th century toy cannon
    -1819 Navy officer button
    -1820s Patriotic cockade button
    -1600s strap buckle pair
    -SC militia button x3
    -Confederate artillery button

  8. #8
    us
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    Sweet dig, looks like a winner for sure!
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  9. #9
    us
    Jul 2010
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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 = 18
    Half Reals = 29
    1 Reals = 11
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    1661 Hammered silver King Leopold
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    Rev War Buttons
    3rd Battalion PA, Hartley's Regiment, USA, (4) 18th Royal Irish, (2) Rattlesnake & Stars

  10. #10
    us
    Feb 2014
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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
    rook3434 and A2coins like this.
    2018 Best Coins

    -1713 Columbia 2 escudos counterfeit
    -1721 Rosa Americana 1/2
    -1723 Rosa Americana 2 pence
    -1727-1760 KGII
    -1739/1786 1/2 Real
    -1781/1797 1 Real
    -1783 Nova Constellatio
    -1805, 1816 LC

    2018 Best Relics

    -18th century gold ring
    -Rattlesnake button
    -82nd Regiment of Foot
    -British neck stock
    -18th century toy cannon
    -1819 Navy officer button
    -1820s Patriotic cockade button
    -1600s strap buckle pair
    -SC militia button x3
    -Confederate artillery button

  11. #11
    us
    Feb 2014
    Lowcountry, South Carolina
    CTX-3030, Equinox 800, Deus XP, Garrett Pro Pointer
    3,307
    4450 times
    Relic Hunting
    Banner Finds (4)
    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
    2018 Best Coins

    -1713 Columbia 2 escudos counterfeit
    -1721 Rosa Americana 1/2
    -1723 Rosa Americana 2 pence
    -1727-1760 KGII
    -1739/1786 1/2 Real
    -1781/1797 1 Real
    -1783 Nova Constellatio
    -1805, 1816 LC

    2018 Best Relics

    -18th century gold ring
    -Rattlesnake button
    -82nd Regiment of Foot
    -British neck stock
    -18th century toy cannon
    -1819 Navy officer button
    -1820s Patriotic cockade button
    -1600s strap buckle pair
    -SC militia button x3
    -Confederate artillery button

  12. #12
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    CASPER

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  13. #13
    ca
    Hawks88

    Aug 2012
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    That’s a first for my eyes. Nice cleanup job and a great save. Congrats
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  14. #14
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    Sweet recovery. That is a banner button find in my book. Voted.

  15. #15
    us
    Mar 2014
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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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