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    Mystery Button!

    Last dig of 2017 yields an interesting old button! Can anyone out there help me ID this one?

    It was found at an old gold mining site in California. It is slightly bigger than a quarter.

    Happy Hunting!
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    It is a civilian blazer/sports-coat button, from the 2nd half of the 20th Century, showing the emblem of the (Scottish) Royal Black Heath Golf Club. It shows two crossed golf-clubs at the center, a golf caddy at left, the thistle-flower of Scotland at right, two golf-balls below, topped by the Royal Crown of the British Isles. Supposedly, the "letters" around the button's edge are Scottish Gaelic runes/letters.

    Your button is not really from the Royal Black Heath club, the emblem has been pirated, or perhaps was never Trademarked. Several slight variations have been posted many times over the years here in the What-Is-It forum. See the variations in the photos below. Theoretically, with the Golfing Club emblem it would be used mostly on golf-jackets, but those buttons turn up far away from golf courses.

    I should mention, two of the varieties below show the "black enamel finish" which is commonly applied to civilian brass Fashion buttons to highlight the emblem.
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    Thanks for the info! thats Kool. Has anyone translated the Gaelic rune/letters to find out what tit says?

    MY first thought was, I thought the button could be masonic.

    Thanks for the quick ID.
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    well, ty folks for the id of that button. i have one i found years ago never threw it away. now i can/lol
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    Quote Originally Posted by oldtimer82 View Post
    well, ty folks for the id of that button. i have one i found years ago never threw it away. now i can/lol
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