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    da book worm--researcher

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    Re: Old Button - Unknown backmark and design

    buttons of this type can be tricky -- the flat design which was highly popular 1780 to 1830 still was made later due to its simple design -- gilting and silver plating were common look improvers -- and many differant "puff" terms were used by british button makers to tout their quality --

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    Re: Old Button - Unknown backmark and design

    Quote Originally Posted by Don in SJ
    Quote Originally Posted by ivan salis
    hummm william nowill (WN--- hall mark ) silversmith from sheffield england --- known mark 1835 *--- button type common in useage during that time frame --- so --- best guess is a silver plated button from the sheffield england silversmith william nowill about 1835 ish . --- nice find .
    I think Neil's button would be the one you mention, mine, I think is not the same manufacturer, also mine is gold gilt with circled 6 pointed stars, the one neil has hard to say but on another forum there is a nice photo of a PLATED WN button like Neil's that is not similar to mine. Totally different type of backmarks, shanks and design type.

    If you ask me, I think the makers mark looks the same, however I would agree that the buttons are different; perhaps the same maker, but yours possibly 50 or so years older?

    I would like to see the PLATED WN button on the other forum if you could provide the link.




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