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    Artillery Button?

    Found in north Texas (Fort Worth'ish). I posted this button as a find along with some other items back in 2011 but never got a definitive answer as to what exactly it is. Should have posted it here to begin with. The front looks close to Confederate Artillery design but the back is Union stamped. It was suggested to be possibly English or re-enactor? I did find that the British Royal Air Force trained 5-10 miles away from where found from 1914-1918 but still no ID. Was rummaging through the treasure chest and thought I would give it another go at ID.
    Original thread here: Confederate Artillery Button? Fake Morgan? Other buttons... Knife...
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    The question is, were any Script A buttons made by Scovill?

    My suggestion would be to send a photo of it, along with the information you have, to William Leigh. You can find his email address on his website: William Leigh: Home
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    Quote Originally Posted by creskol View Post
    The question is, were any Script A buttons made by Scovill?

    My suggestion would be to send a photo of it, along with the information you have, to William Leigh. You can find his email address on his website: William Leigh: Home
    Thanks. Email sent.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RW View Post
    Thanks. Email sent.
    Great! Let us know what he says.
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    From what I read that particular backmark was used 1850-1860 and that would pre-date the Confederacy. But, there is a script A in Albert's book with a foreign backmark that is very similar. So, could it be possible that Scovill produced some early buttons for the south and used some of the backs left over from the 1850-60 lot?
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    Quote Originally Posted by creskol View Post
    Great! Let us know what he says.
    Well now we know:

    Ron,It is a monogram button... that is a stock pattern script letter button that was available for order from Scovill (typically purchased by families or businesses).
    I can well imagine that you would hope to hear that it is a Confederate Artillery button and I wish that I could offer that as an identification, instead.
    May the New Year bring you many more interesting and good finds!
    William
    Really glad to know after over 6 years of not knowing. I guess I have a few more I could send him...
    Thanks for the connection!
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    I don`t see That A Script Button in Tice`s book "Uniform Buttons of the United States 1776-1865"
    There are 3 A script buttons, close none with your back mark ... but not like the pronounced c on the bottom of the A on your button.
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    Well with William Leigh's response I am calling it SOLVED!

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    I wonder how many have been incorrectly IDed as civil war?
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    Quote Originally Posted by fyrffytr1 View Post
    I wonder how many have been incorrectly IDed as civil war?
    Yah. I have maps that show landowners of the area found going back to mid 1800's but haven't looked yet for a family with last name starting with "A".
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