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    Type of Button clasp or clothing fastener?

    Found this at a late 1800s house. Looks like pewter. I'm thinking it's is a grommet that a fastener would nestle into from a dress. Any thoughts?Click image for larger version. 

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    Dunno but I've got 4+ that were pulled from a late 1800s homesite in a field.

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    it a grommet off a tent, or?.a flat part goes though it then turns and locks in place.
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    Not sure of the age, but here is a complete modern one. This is called a purse closure on the website but I have seen them used for other things as well.

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    Here is a picture with it apart and all of the pieces to put it together.

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    I had those on the tonneau cover for my '67 Austin-Healey back in the day...
    He then explained to me that it was commonly believed that on a certain night of the year…
    a blue flame is seen over any place where treasure has been concealed.

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    Looks like cavtrooper nailed it
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    Actually, that type of fastener (sometimes called a twist-catch) dates back further than we'd think, based on purse-flap-closures and tarp fasteners. See the 1889 US Patent diagram and info, below. It was originally posted several years ago here by the What-Is-It? forum's inestimable relic-ID-helper BigCypressHunter.

    So, your find theoretically could date back as far as the late-1800s house you dug it at. But unfortunately, none I've ever seen were date-marked nor maker-marked, so time-dating a dug one with any accuracy is difficult.
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