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Thread: Found this flat button yesterday, and not sure of its age. Needing help!

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    Found this flat button yesterday, and not sure of it's age. Needing help!

    Found this button at a home site dating back pre civil war. Has a back mark that reads "ORANGE COLOUR." No markings on the front of this button that i can see. Any help is much appreciated!
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    From 1800 on into the 1840s.

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    1st - I noticed this was your very first post - so, Welcome Aboard NC_detectorist_82! Take a look at Forum: North Carolina for information (i.e., clubs, etc.) directly related to your state.
    2nd - I searched and got a bunch of hits similar to Flat Button Dating (Apr 24, 2017, 10:40 PM)...

    Quote Originally Posted by TheCannonballGuy View Post
    Brass 1-piece flatbuttons with a backmark written in indented lettering were manufactured from about 1810 to about 1840. We can narrow down the date of your dug-in-America flatbutton with a few historical facts. The spelling of the word "color" on your button is the British version, "colour". The War Of 1812 (US versus Britain) interrupted trade between the two countries, and the resulting postwar American patriotic distaste for British-made products minimized importation from Britain until about 10 years after the 1815 end of that war. By 1830, the American button-making industry had become capable of producing enough to supply the demand=level from American button-customers. So, the statistical odds favor your button being imported into the US sometime in the mid-1820s through late-1820s.
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    As creskol already mentioned, your button is c1820 - 50.
    The 'Orange Colour' back mark refers to the colour and quality rating of the gilt button by button manufacturers.

    A number of makers in England used this backmark in the 19thc, I've found a few of those here in Ontario.

    Dave
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    Thank you guys for all your help!!
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    I found one with the same back mark yesterday. Lol
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    Hi,

    one piece flat buttons with:

    extra rich, rich orange, trebel gilt, double gilt, rich colour (sic! British english) etc and all variations thereof, all refer to the English gilt button industry in the first half of the 19th century. Almost all of those come from London.

    Given that this was mercury gilding & millions were churned out, London should -according to modern standards- actually be an inhabitable wasteland.

    Greets Namxat
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    Nice find. Congrats. Welcome to tnet from Niagara Falls.
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    Great find and Id
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    NC, a Big Welcome to you to the Tnet forum from Georgia and Congrat's on the find of the flat button.
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    Thank you all for your help, and thank you for the warm welcome.
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