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    Anchor button?

    Anyone recognize this button? I found it here in VA at a site that has produced civil war buttons but can't quite place this one.

    It's 19.5 mm in diameter, if that helps.

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    This is not in any way a positive I.D., but this looks a lot like a Revolutionary War Continental Navy Button. Where did you find it?
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    Welcome to the forums. Can you post a picture of the back?
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    Welcome to Tnet! A few closer, better pictures would help. There are quite a few members very knowledgeable that may be able to assist in identification. Also- a great reference I bought at the suggestion of some on this forum is - “Record of American Uniform and Historical Buttons” by Alpheus Albert. (Albert’s Button Book).
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    Sorry to have to tell you, that specific version of "anchor button" is definitely a civilian-usage Nautical-motif "Fashion" button, from sometime in the first half of the 20th Century. It's been posted many times during past years here in the What-Is-It? forum. A major clue to its actual identity: it always has/had an iron/steel back, which is most often either rusted away or only partially present. Note the small diamonds and other symbols encircling the anchor... definitely not a Military button.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TheCannonballGuy View Post
    Sorry to have to tell you, that specific version of "anchor button" is definitely a civilian-usage Nautical-motif "Fashion" button, from sometime in the first half of the 20th Century. It's been posted many times during past years here in the What-Is-It? forum. A major clue to its actual identity: it always has/had an iron/steel back, which is most often either rusted away or only partially present. Note the small diamonds and other symbols encircling the anchor... definitely not a Military button.
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