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    A BUTTON for nutin'

    Does anyone out there in ID land know what kind of button this is I found?
    I can't fully make out the lettering on the back.
    Type? Age?
    Thank you,
    -MM-
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    *Oldest coin-1775 Spanish 1 real *Oldest U.S. silver-1833 Capped Bust Half Dime *Best coin - 1945 GOLD 2 1/2 peso *Best Civil War finds:*NC officers belt buckle *CSN Confederate Navy Officer button

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    Ben from NH, the Z means nothing

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    Re: A BUTTON for nutin'

    M.C.Lilley & Co Columbus O (Ohio). They started making buttons in 1876... That's all I can find.
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    Re: A BUTTON for nutin'

    Quote Originally Posted by nhbenz
    M.C.Lilley & Co Columbus O (Ohio). They started making buttons in 1876... I'll see what else I can find.
    Again, you pulled through for me. Thanks.
    I did find this on a Google search:
    M. C. LILLEY & CO
    Columbus Ohio 1865-1882


    -MM-
    *Oldest coin-1775 Spanish 1 real *Oldest U.S. silver-1833 Capped Bust Half Dime *Best coin - 1945 GOLD 2 1/2 peso *Best Civil War finds:*NC officers belt buckle *CSN Confederate Navy Officer button

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    Ben from NH, the Z means nothing

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    Re: A BUTTON for nutin'

    Yet, again I've stopped short of a complete ID. What is that on the front of that thing? Lilley made a variety of other items earlier than 1876, but this is when (according to Mark Parker) they went into button manufacturing. Nice find, and (as always) great photos... I honestly know fairly little about buttons, but I was able to piece together "Columbus" because of your photo.
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    Ben from NH, the Z means nothing

    Dec 2004
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    Re: A BUTTON for nutin'

    wait, the front is sideways in the photo... those are initials... could be for a railway, I noted they did make railway buttons. GC or CG railway?
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    Re: A BUTTON for nutin'

    There was a Grand Canyon Railway/Railroad.

    That's no help I know.

    Any local GC or CG schools, universities, fraternities, etc...there around you MM?


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    Re: A BUTTON for nutin'

    Quote Originally Posted by nhbenz
    M.C.Lilley & Co Columbus O (Ohio). They started making buttons in 1876... That's all I can find.
    But you was way quicker wasn't you?... Dang you are good!!!
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    Re: A BUTTON for nutin'

    Quote Originally Posted by Montana Jim
    There was a Grand Canyon Railway/Railroad.

    That's no help I know.

    Any local GC or CG schools, universities, fraternities, etc...there around you MM?

    Not that I know of.
    -MM-
    *Oldest coin-1775 Spanish 1 real *Oldest U.S. silver-1833 Capped Bust Half Dime *Best coin - 1945 GOLD 2 1/2 peso *Best Civil War finds:*NC officers belt buckle *CSN Confederate Navy Officer button

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    Re: A BUTTON for nutin'

    There doesn't seem to be any symmetry in the design. That would indicate that it represents something (not just decoration). Where did you find it? Any history?

    DOH! NOW I see the letters! I think I need new glasses...

    DCMatt
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    DG

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    Re: A BUTTON for nutin'

    Crazy guess, but music related?
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    Re: A BUTTON for nutin'

    Crazy guess, but music related?
    Funny, that was my gut reaction. Can't even tell you why now, but the first thing I thought of was a band uniform.

    DCMatt
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    So I went back to sleep...

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    ca
    Feb 2007
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    Re: A BUTTON for nutin'

    Theres a set of four buttons in a frame with a picture of two guys on eBay.ca. I couldn't find the same picture on ebay.com for some reason.
    It's only got another 2 hours of bidding left, but for now it's here:
    http://cgi.ebay.ca/Minnesota-Indian-...QQcmdZViewItem

    A few more links to buttons:

    http://cgi.ebay.com/VINTAGE-BUTTON-2...QQcmdZViewItem

    http://cgi.ebay.com/Connecticut-Stat...QQcmdZViewItem

    http://cgi.ebay.com/New-Jersey-State...QQcmdZViewItem

    F.
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    ca
    Feb 2007
    Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, Canada
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    Re: A BUTTON for nutin'

    I'd check more on eBay, but I'm on dialup and don't have time as I'm going out shortly. I'm thinking its a state seal button:
    http://search.ebay.com/search/search...tSearch=Search

    or a militia button:
    http://search.ebay.com/search/search...tSearch=Search

    It's hard to tell if your holding it rightside up in the picture, or not?



    F.
    Quote of Sir Joshua Reynolds': "There is no expedient, to which a man will not resort; to avoid the real labor, of thinking."

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    Re: A BUTTON for nutin'

    Ok... "CG" implies to me somesort of Guard... City Guard? Looking at the timefram.. and compare the style to mas produced GAR buttons of the period.. it make sense...

    MonkeyBoy

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    Re: A BUTTON for nutin'

    I've seen all the state seal buttons from that time... that's not it. And I don't think militia...

    And "M. C. LILLEY & CO" made stuff from buttons to swords (Templar swords) and all kinds of other things... I really think it's an institution button.

    Which one is still a mystery....

 

 
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