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  1. #1
    us
    Nov 2013
    Central MA
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    button help

    found a flat button the size of a penny, I didnt pay much attention in field, but after cleaning there are an eagle and a bow in the back. The words treble gilt also. thanks in advance.

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    us
    Oct 2006
    Herndon Virginia
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    The eagle does not indicate military. Treble Gilt is a kind of quality mark. They also used Standard Quality and Orange Colour and a few others... Many of these are British imports. We typically call them early 19th C but they were made from the late 18th C through most of the 19th.

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  3. #3
    us
    Nov 2013
    Central MA
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    Thanks, I,ve dug many, but this is the first time I seen a eagle and bow on the back side of the button. Thanks for the help.

  4. #4

    Feb 2017
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    Full Ack once again what DCMatt says.

    Early 19th century also since its a flat button w/ a soldered loop.


    Kind regards

  5. #5
    The eagle, combined with raised lettering, I think indicates that is one of the first flat buttons made in the US sometime prior to 1830. It was a civilian clothing button.
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    At least you're onto a site with some early activity.
    Although it may only be 'farm activity', even field workers often lost coins, buttons and other personal affects while working.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ANTIQUARIAN View Post
    At least you're onto a site with some early activity.
    Although it may only be 'farm activity', even field workers often lost coins, buttons and other personal affects while working.

    Dave
    I know I lost my buttons working in the hayfields .. Now, I'm losing my marbles! Soon, there won't be anything left!
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    I believe what you have is not a flat button but rather a flattened two-piece button that may have been used as a game piece or poker chip.
    The photos I've attached are what I originally thought to be flat buttons and were flattened in precisely the same location and using the same tool.
    Your button shows an identical crimp mark as both of mine.
    I've included photos of both of my buttons illuminated from above and below to highlight detail.

    General service buttons used as poker chips or checkers

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    I believe the words "treble gilt" refer to it being gold plated, three times. Theoretically, anyway. An attempt to make it more valuable.

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    Oct 2006
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    Quote Originally Posted by creskol View Post
    ... Now, I'm losing my marbles! Soon, there won't be anything left!
    Let us know when you've lost your marbles. We'll come help you look for them.
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