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  1. #1
    us
    Apr 2006
    Stationed in Okinawa, Japan
    Whites Prizm II
    91

    Help with ID on Button...(i think)???

    I was out with a couple of buddys metal detecting on a wagon road which I believe is from the 1800's, do to an indian head penny, and a musket ball I found. The wagon road is situated behind our small town cemetary. (I thought at first it was just a small path, but after checkin' it out I saw huge ruts in it.) The road is about 10' across. I found this what-is-it thing in the middle of where the road splits. I have been wondering for a while what in the world this is...Any help would be great.

    HH,

    Steve
    MA_Hunter001
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  2. #2

    Mar 2005
    Grand Rapids, Michigan
    Tejon
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    Re: Help with ID on Button...(i think)???

    To me it looks like the head of a hat pin... or a button...
    Happy hunting!!!

  3. #3
    us
    Apr 2006
    Stationed in Okinawa, Japan
    Whites Prizm II
    91

    Re: Help with ID on Button...(i think)???

    thanks...

    I never thought of it being a hat pin...I was thinking along the lines of a button.


    HH,

    Steve
    MA_Hunter001

  4. #4
    us
    Ben from NH, the Z means nothing

    Dec 2004
    Brentwood, NH
    White's Classic SL White's Surf P.I.
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    Re: Help with ID on Button...(i think)???

    Hi MA_Hunter, welcome! (even though I see you've been here for a while, I don't recall coming across your posts) What size is this item?
    Pay no attention to that man behind the curtain

  5. #5
    us
    Sep 2006
    Montana
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    Banner Finds (1)

    Re: Help with ID on Button...(i think)???

    Look buttonish... 2nd pic has the missing shank location?

    Is there a flower design on the front?

  6. #6
    us
    Apr 2006
    Stationed in Okinawa, Japan
    Whites Prizm II
    91

    Re: Help with ID on Button...(i think)???

    yes...there is some kind of flower/tree design on the front...
    yea i've been on TN for awhile but haven't been able to ge my camara working to put up pictures.


  7. #7
    us
    Apr 2006
    Stationed in Okinawa, Japan
    Whites Prizm II
    91

    Re: Help with ID on Button...(i think)???

    the item is about the size of a quarter, maybe a little larger.

  8. #8
    us
    Apr 2006
    Stationed in Okinawa, Japan
    Whites Prizm II
    91

    Re: Help with ID on Button...(i think)???

    PBK, here's your comparison picture....

    Thanks for all the info, and I looked up the button online and the 18th century ones do look similar to mine. Thanks


    HH,

    Steve
    MA_Hunter001
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  9. #9
    Charter Member

    May 2005
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    Re: Help with ID on Button...(i think)???

    Thanks for the new pics, Steve. Still a pretty tough call without sharp closeup enlargements, but I'd say there's a good chance that it's a late 18th or early 19th century civilian ornamental button. Doesn't look like tombac, so the metal is probably copper, which was often gilt &/or painted.


 

 

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