πŸ₯‡ BANNER Bit by a RATTLESNAKE! Bucket list recovery

VMI Digger

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Hey guys,

Just got back from a few weeks overseas on a mission, just itching to get back at my new site in SC. Recoveries so far have been killer with an assortment of early silver, 18th century toy cannon, and a 1740s 2 escudo counterfeit. Definitely get the feeling these guys have money, but I knew there had to be something special left in that dirt. Landed the jet, hugged the wife and son, and snuck away for a few hours of dirt therapy :laughing7:. Few flat buttons and assorted lead had me a bit discouraged until the XP let out a broken chip among the iron. Flipped the plug, removed a few iron nails, and re-swung the hole...solid 75...definitely a flat button. Reached in with the pin pointer and pulled a heavily encrusted button.

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Dry brushed like I always do in the field and noticed a ring of stars and shield. Knowing immediately what I had found, I just sat in the dirt in disbelief...my first rattlesnake button! Condition was rough given the salt water nearby, but 1000 flat buttons had prepared me for this one. Mineral oil soak, followed by careful mechanical toothpicking/brushing, along with a paste of baking soda/lemon juice. Finally a protective seal with renaissance wax...here is the progression

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Normally I like to post all the finds together, but this one stands alone

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This one is the closest in Don's Insignia of Independence, but notice the head orientation is different...some believe these are revolutionary war, but could also be slightly later with a political/patriotic intent. Either way is an incredible piece of American history.

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Another incredible recovery from this dirt and a bucket lister for any button collector. As always thanks for your comments and good luck swinging this week.
 
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GB1

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DownNDirty

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Big congrats Jon-what rare find! BANNER all the way
 

Relicific

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Amazing button find
Congrats
 
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VMI Digger

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Amazing button find
Congrats

Thanks Relicific, wanted to see one of these in the plug for as long as I've been swinging. Just something about the don't tread on me snake that screams America :laughing7:
 

Steve in PA

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I do love the rattlesnake buttons. That is a variety that you don't see very often, in fact I think that is the first one I've seen posted. If I had the money, I would try to put together a collection of all the varieties I could get my hands on. As I don't have the money, I have to settle for what I can dig. After digging my second Rattlesnake & Stars button, the tattoo went on the arm :laughing7:

Banner vote going in :thumbsup:
 

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I do love the rattlesnake buttons. That is a variety that you don't see very often, in fact I think that is the first one I've seen posted. If I had the money, I would try to put together a collection of all the varieties I could get my hands on. As I don't have the money, I have to settle for what I can dig. After digging my second Rattlesnake & Stars button, the tattoo went on the arm :laughing7:

Banner vote going in :thumbsup:

Now that tattoo is commitment Steve, digging 2 is like getting struck by lightning haha - thanks so much for the BANNER nod
 

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Hawks88

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That’s a first for my eyes. Nice cleanup job and a great save. Congrats
 

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I do love the rattlesnake buttons. That is a variety that you don't see very often, in fact I think that is the first one I've seen posted. If I had the money, I would try to put together a collection of all the varieties I could get my hands on. As I don't have the money, I have to settle for what I can dig. After digging my second Rattlesnake & Stars button, the tattoo went on the arm :laughing7:

Banner vote going in :thumbsup:

That is one BADASS tat!! Your artist did you good...Ddf.
 

gheenoe78

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That's an awesome find Jon. Super historic early patriotic button! Very good condition as well. Congrats man. Looking forward to getting back out soon.
 

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Find of a lifetime!
 

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