1917 Merc and possible NJ State Civil War button

ScaredOfClowns

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Today I took advantage of the good weather and went detecting at a farm that yielded some good finds last week.

I was lucky enough to find a beat-up 1917 Mercury Dime, a cool old button with shank intact, two musket balls (big and small) and a broken crotal bell - definitely a good day!

1917 Mercury Dime - Both Sides.jpg All Finds - Small.jpg

When I got home and cleaned the button off, I noticed that the front has the state seal of New Jersey (the three plows in the crest is pretty distinctive), and the back is marked "HORSTMANN - NY & PHILADA". It appears that I found a Civil War button, which would be a first for me - can anyone here who knows about CW relics confirm this? Thanks!
NJ State Seal Button - Both Sides.jpg Example Button - Small.jpg

I'm not sure if I'll get any more hunts in before January 1st, but if not this isn't a bad way to finish the year. Thanks for looking - HH!
 
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Today I took advantage of the good weather and went detecting at a farm that yielded some good finds last week.

I was lucky enough to find a beat-up 1917 Mercury Dime, a cool old button with shank intact, two musket balls (big and small) and a broken crotal bell - definitely a good day!

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When I got home and cleaned the button off, I noticed that the front has the state seal of New Jersey (the three plows in the crest is pretty distinctive), and the back is marked "HORSTMANN - NY & PHILADA". It appears that I found a Civil War button, which would be a first for me - can anyone here who knows about CW relics confirm this? Thanks!
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I'm not sure if I'll get any more hunts in before January 1st, but if not this isn't a bad way to finish the year. Thanks for looking - HH!
Very Nice!!! Congrats!!!
 

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ScaredOfClowns wrote:
> the back is marked "HORSTMANN - NY & PHILADA". It appears that I found a Civil War button, which would be a first for me - can anyone here who knows about CW relics confirm this?

Sorry to have to disappoint your hopes, but:
The best book on time-dating buttons by their backmark is "American Military Button Makers And Dealers; Their Backmarks & Dates" by McGuinn & Bazelon. It shows a picture of your button's EXACT backmark, and says it dates only from 1865-70. So, unless your button was made during the first 3 months of 1865, it is from after the end of the civil war.
 

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