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    Button found in New Orleans

    I need help IDing this button that I found at an old park in New Orleans. Cleaned it minimally so far. Any idea of what it is?

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    What a fascinating .. but bizarre looking button! It looks like a sorta grotesque rendition of the bust of Athena or somebody. Oddly strange, but I like it!
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    It is best as one grows older to strip oneself of possessions, to shed oneself downward like a tree, to be almost wholly earth before one dies.

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    Bharp

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    Quote Originally Posted by creskol View Post
    What a fascinating .. but bizarre looking button! It looks like a sorta grotesque rendition of the bust of Athena or somebody. Oddly strange, but I like it!
    That looks very similar if not exact. What is that?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bharpring View Post
    That looks very similar if not exact. What is that?

    Sorry ,, I should have mentioned that .. It is actually your button that I rotated and and played with the enhancing on , trying to see more detail.
    It is best as one grows older to strip oneself of possessions, to shed oneself downward like a tree, to be almost wholly earth before one dies.

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    The closest I could get, which is still wrong is Life Saving Service:Click image for larger version. 

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    photo from here: Uniforms & Buttons
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    I see letters around the outside. Keep cleaning...
    Yossarian: Ok, let me see if I've got this straight. In order to be grounded, I've got to be crazy. And I must be
    crazy to keep flying. But if I ask to be grounded, that means I'm not crazy anymore, and I have to keep flying.


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    Bharp

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    Quote Originally Posted by creskol View Post
    Sorry ,, I should have mentioned that .. It is actually your button that I rotated and and played with the enhancing on , trying to see more detail.
    Ha ha, ok thanks.

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    It has the looks of a maritime button, possibly a steamship line.

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    Some angles resemble an anchor. What do you think the 3 characters are?
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    Bharp

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    Quote Originally Posted by Yak1366 View Post
    Some angles resemble an anchor. What do you think the 3 characters are?
    Looks like S H W or M H S?

    Not sure though.

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    can you get any more of the gunk off?
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    Quote Originally Posted by NOLA_Ken View Post
    can you get any more of the gunk off?
    Yes, I will try to remove the gunk this evening. There is definitely at least one anchor on the button.

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    I cleaned it up. Its a US Marine Hospital Service button from 1880.

    Albert's page 286.

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    That is awesome! I know quite a lot about the history of New Orleans, but I didn't know about the Marine Hospital Service.

    Here is a very good article about the old hospital property:

    https://prcno.org/work-begins-transf...hospital-site/

    P.S. New Orleans is my favorite city to visit. If anyone wants to extend an invitation for a hunt down there, I'll be on the plane tomorrow.

    Here is me on Halloween 2017 at The Cigar Factory in the French Quarter.

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    Yossarian: Ok, let me see if I've got this straight. In order to be grounded, I've got to be crazy. And I must be
    crazy to keep flying. But if I ask to be grounded, that means I'm not crazy anymore, and I have to keep flying.


    Dr. 'Doc' Daneeka
    : You got it, that's Catch-22.

    Catch 22 by Joseph Heller (1961)


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    When the going gets wierd, the wierd turn pro...I am a wealth of mostly trivial information.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by DCMatt View Post
    That is awesome! I know quite a lot about the history of New Orleans, but I didn't know about the Marine Hospital Service.

    Here is a very good article about the old hospital property:

    https://prcno.org/work-begins-transf...hospital-site/

    P.S. New Orleans is my favorite city to visit. If anyone wants to extend an invitation for a hunt down there, I'll be on the plane tomorrow.

    Here is me on Halloween 2017 at The Cigar Factory in the French Quarter.

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    I would, but I've moved to Colorado... I'll be back sometime before long to visit though and my detector will be making the trip with me
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    "That's me, on the beach side combing the sand, metal meter in my hand, sporting a pocket full of change"...... NOFX

    I collect military relics, mainly German and American, but interested in others as well, pre 1945 .. Always interested in adding to my collection

    some of my antique photo collection : http://forgottonimages.tumblr.com/



 

 
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