Another Button from the 1830s Farm and Some Other Interesting Finds

NorILdigcollector

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I finally made some decent finds after getting skunked for a few weeks. My second target was a 1956 wheat cent. The best find was an old flat button. It has oak leaves on the front and says "orange colour" on the back which probably dates it closer to the 1820s with the British spelling. The spoon handle appears to be coin silver and says "& Elton" on the back which is probably Hall & Elton. This would date from the 1830s to 1870s. I am not sure what the "tongs" were for. I am not sure about the melted coin or token fragment either.
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Nice button
Can you make out any of the writing on the token piece?
 

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No. I tried toothpicking it but still can't make anything out except a few letters.
Even though I can read a couple letters when I enlarge the photo it's now blurry (out of focus) just enough to be unreadable.
Seems that it's made out of pewter or lead
Thinking it might of been a counterfeit of some sorts.
Not sure if a clearer picture would help or not.
Interesting none the less.
 

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I finally made some decent finds after getting skunked for a few weeks. My second target was a 1956 wheat cent. The best find was an old flat button. It has oak leaves on the front and says "orange colour" on the back which probably dates it closer to the 1820s with the British spelling. The spoon handle appears to be coin silver and says "& Elton" on the back which is probably Hall & Elton. This would date from the 1830s to 1870s. I am not sure what the "tongs" were for. I am not sure about the melted coin or token fragment either.
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Nice!!! Congrats!!!
 

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Great button! Congrats! I bet there is more cool stuff there!!
 

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I finally made some decent finds after getting skunked for a few weeks. My second target was a 1956 wheat cent. The best find was an old flat button. It has oak leaves on the front and says "orange colour" on the back which probably dates it closer to the 1820s with the British spelling. The spoon handle appears to be coin silver and says "& Elton" on the back which is probably Hall & Elton. This would date from the 1830s to 1870s. I am not sure what the "tongs" were for. I am not sure about the melted coin or token fragment either.
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nice recovery
 

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Even blown up, I cannot make out the words on that... can you decipher them at all?
 

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Very cool finds.

Beat up and incomplete though it is, I’m pretty sure the ‘token’ is a medallion for the ‘temperance movement’, given to be carried or worn by those who had ‘signed the pledge’ and probably from the mid-1800s or thereabouts. Something like this:

Temperance.jpg

That one includes the words “HOW SWEET FROM THE GREEN MOSSY BRIM TO RECEIVE IT” and “AS POISED ON THE CURB / IT/ INCLINED TO MY LIPS”. On yours I can definitely see the words “RECEIVE IT” and also the word “INCLINES” (rather than ‘INCLINED’) but there are numerous variations on these words.

There are also numerous design variations but many of them have an old guy drawing water from a well and yours seems to have the right hand part of that imagery still remaining. Comparison below, while recognising that it isn’t an exact match:

Well.jpg

Given the number of variations, it might not be possible to track it down completely, but I’m confident it’s of that type.
 
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NorILdigcollector

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Very cool finds.

Beat up and incomplete though it is, I’m pretty sure the ‘token’ is a medallion for the ‘temperance movement’, given to be carried or worn by those who had ‘signed the pledge’ and probably from the mid-1800s or thereabouts. Something like this:

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That one includes the words “HOW SWEET FROM THE GREEN MOSSY BRIM TO RECEIVE IT” and “AS POISED ON THE CURB / IT/ INCLINED TO MY LIPS”. On yours I can definitely see the words “RECEIVE IT” and also the word “INCLINES” (rather than ‘INCLINED’) but there are numerous variations on these words.

There are also numerous design variations but many of them have an old guy drawing water from a well and yours seems to have the right hand part of that imagery still remaining. Comparison below, while recognising that it isn’t an exact match:

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Given the number of variations, it might not be possible to track it down completely, but I’m confident it’s of that type.
That is definitely it. Thank you for the ID.
 

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