🔎 UNIDENTIFIED Another Button Backmark I Need Help with.

fyrffytr1

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Since I am in isolation I have been going through boxes of stuff I inherited from three of my brothers and found several buttons I will possibly need help with as far as dating the backmark goes. I will start with these two. I don't think these are dug but my brother s started detecting in the very early 1970s. They also traded for relics and that is where I think these came from.
The first is a Mass. Volunteer Militia staff coat size with 24 stars if I counted right. Backmark is raised letters in a depressed channel and reads ***superior/ quality***.
Second button is a Providence R.I. horse guard with a *scovill mf'g co./ waterbury.* I think that backmark dates from about 1860 to the late 1870s.
Thanks in advance for any and all help.
 

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Because your Mass. Vol. Militia is a 3-piece brass button and has an RMDC (Raised-Mark-[in a]Depressed-Channel) backmark, I'd say it was made sometime from the early-1840s into the 1850s, because RMDC "Superior Quality" backmarks died out by the end of the 1850s, and 3-piece brass buttons were rare before the 1840s.

Your Providence (Rhode Island) Horse Guard button's impressed lettering Scovill backmark has only one "star" (asterisk), and a single circle of dots surrounded the loop/shank, and is written in what the Albert book calls large letters, so it dates from about 1880 to 1920. I think it is more likely to be from the first half of that range.
 
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Because your Mass. Vol. Militia is a 3-piece brass button and has an RMDC (Raised-Mark-[in a]Depressed-Channel) backmark, I'd say it was made sometime from the early-1840s into the 1850s, because RMDC "Superior Quality" backmarks died out by the end of the 1850s, and 3-piee brass buttons were rare before the 1840s.

Your Providence (Rhode Island) Horse Guard button's impressed lettering Scovill backmark has only one "star" (asterisk), and a single circle of dots surrounded the loop/shank, and is written in what the Albert book calls large letters, so it dates from about 1880 to 1920. I think it is more likely to be from the first half of that range.

As always, you never cease to amaze me with the amount of knowledge you possess TCB. :notworthy:
 
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