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    Iron Brigade--One HECK of a GOLD button!

    Hello All,

    I teamed up with HB and Rodeo Recon for an interesting housesite hunt in the woods a few days ago. While we were waiting for HB to arrive, we took the 4-wheeler through the woods and across a creek to try and track down one other site for future hunts (we were on the edge of it when he arrived, but elected to hunt the wooded site and save the other one). Here's a photo of the fallow field near where we started out:

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    So after collecting HB, we tightened up our boots and slogged through the mud and into the tick and poison ivy infested woods. After a little diversion at a newer house site (I dug a toy car and a memorial penny ), we found the old spot.

    Well let me tell you, in these woods it looked like someone had come along and sowed poison ivy seeds! The plants were about calf-high, and there were spots where there were 30 x 30 foot patches of it. (And of course those Nasty roots below ground) We waisted no time in bashing through the stuff with our detectors, shovels, and gloves. I was a little careful since I had a short-sleeved shirt on, but none of us ended up with any of it on us--except that Rodeo had a tiny patch today right above where his glove line was.

    The woods were sloppy, wet, ticky, and ivy-filled...but they were beautiful.

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    Here's a shot of Rodeo and HB getting the job done in True Iron Brigade Style:

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    Well, we found that the artifact dispersal at this housesite was HUGE--more than three times the norm for this area. Well over two square acres had targets everywhere, and when we finally left hours later we were still getting hits all over the place. So we'll be busy with this one for a while.

    The finds... Well of course we got the usual housesite culprits: Suspender Clips, Harmonica Reeds, a Toe Tap, and Spoons. Rodeo got an excellent brass wedding band (this is becoming a regular housesite item too). HB got a large copper plate (no maker's mark on it), a brass escutcheon with keyhole, oil lantern tops, a clay marble, and some odd pieces of (chewed?) lead. I'm a big fan of the copper plate and the marble.

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    I got nothing spectacular--just the usual culprits (I'm probably still doing MD penance for the CW buckles last month) but I did get a nice suspender clip of a new type (every one is a new type though LOL) which I was pretty pleased with. It has a horseshoe hanging by a ribbon on it. (I guess the old adage about the good luck falling out of the horseshoe if you turned it upside down is a more recent invention...) Here's a photo of my finds:

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    I don't have photos of all of Rodeo's finds, but he certainly did a number on us with some unusual finds. He got a large brass saddle pommel, a hand-crank siren with a spiral shaped brass bell, some ornate decorative brass, and a button that is actually quite remarkable...

    The style of the button is the "muffin style" of Civil War Staff Officers' buttons and State Seal buttons...and the backmark is "Scovill Mfg Co. Waterbury," which dates the button to somewhere between 1879 and 1890. Plus the fact that it is a BEAUTIFUL button--with more than 80% of the gilding remaining. I have never seen a button like this... I'm guessing that it could be Civilian, but if it is a State Seal it's not a Seal that I'm all that familiar with. Perhaps someone on the forum can give me more information about this Beauty.

    A BIG BRAVO to Rodeo for his Expert cleaning of this find:

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    Now stop reading my post and get diggin'!



    Best Wishes from the Iron Brigade,


    Buckleboy
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    Re: Iron Brigade--One HECK of a GOLD button!

    long read but was worth it. You built the suspenses lol. GREAT FIND

    I hope i can start findin stuff like that

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    Re: Iron Brigade--One HECK of a GOLD button!

    Don't you "Pros" wear headphones?

    Nice research, Bucks! Keep on digging and swinging!

    Kirk

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    Re: Iron Brigade--One HECK of a GOLD button!

    Nice post Will, try looking up Indiana for the button, it is hard to tell but I see similarities to Indiana state seal buttons listed in my CW Military Goods book.

    After looking in Alberts book on buttons, yes it is an Indiana staff button.

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    Re: Iron Brigade--One HECK of a GOLD button!

    Quote Originally Posted by Colonial KirkPA
    Don't you "Pros" wear headphones?

    Nice research, Bucks! Keep on digging and swinging!

    Kirk
    Frequently, yes--but not when the humidity is 100% and poison ivy all over our gloves.
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    Re: Iron Brigade--One HECK of a GOLD button!

    BB,
    You guys are crazy!!! Man, I'm itching just thinking of that poison ivy. Congrats on the finds. Can't wait to hear more on that cool button. What a neat find. Great condition too.
    Way to go guys.
    -MM-
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    Re: Iron Brigade--One HECK of a GOLD button!

    Quote Originally Posted by Don in SJ
    Nice post Will, try looking up Indiana for the button, it is hard to tell but I see similarities to Indiana state seal buttons listed in my CW Military Goods book.

    Don
    Don,

    You're Absolutely Right!

    Here's another version of the Indiana State Seal:

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    So this was from an Indiana Staff Officer's Uniform, post CW...

    Now it's getting interesting!  Thanks for the tip, Don!  

    I'm already wondering if there's a belt plate there... drooling a little on my keyboard as I say that. 


    -Buckles
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    2 Silver "War Nickels"
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    Re: Iron Brigade--One HECK of a GOLD button!

    That button belongs on the Banner. It's a wonderful find.

    DM

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    Re: Iron Brigade--One HECK of a GOLD button!

    Nice work in the woods buckleboy..And a very nice find---Relic

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    Re: Iron Brigade--One HECK of a GOLD button!

    Great finds and a great post and pics Buckles. That button is superb.
    Glad a little poison ivy did not stop you. Are the mesqitoes out yet?
    I love hunting the woods but it can be painful.
    Congrats on a fine hunt.
    Regards , Merf

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    Re: Iron Brigade--One HECK of a GOLD button!

    Quote Originally Posted by Merf
    Great finds and a great post and pics Buckles. That button is superb.
    Glad a little poison ivy did not stop you. Are the mesqitoes out yet?
    I love hunting the woods but it can be painful.
    Congrats on a fine hunt.
    Regards , Merf
    Thank GOD they're not out yet. That would have been a triple beating! Thanks for your kind comments, Merf.

    -Buck
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    Boxlock Pistol hammer plate
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    1898 Hong Kong Dime Silver Coin (Queen Victoria)
    1905-O Barber Dime
    1942 and 1944-D Washington Quarters
    2 Silver "War Nickels"
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    Quote Originally Posted by ModernMiner
    BB,
    You guys are crazy!!! Man, I'm itching just thinking of that poison ivy. Congrats on the finds. Can't wait to hear more on that cool button. What a neat find. Great condition too.
    Way to go guys.
    -MM-
    MM,

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    Boxlock Pistol hammer plate
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    1848-O and 1854 Half Dimes
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    1898 Hong Kong Dime Silver Coin (Queen Victoria)
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    1942 and 1944-D Washington Quarters
    2 Silver "War Nickels"
    Silver "Indian Head" badge
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    Louisiana Knights Templar Badge
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    Re: Iron Brigade--One HECK of a GOLD button!

    Hey BB
    excellent finds,but boy I gotta give ya credit, thats a hell of a lot of poison ivy ... holey moley am suprised ya all dont have it yet... cool finds too..

    went hunting myself today, will post later..

    bootybay
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    Re: Iron Brigade--One HECK of a GOLD button!

    Nice old button man

    HH Jer

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    Re: Iron Brigade--One HECK of a GOLD button!

    Some great finds again! That button is amazing and glad you are finding info on it. Good luck on your next hunt!

 

 
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