🥇 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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bonepicker

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Very awesome find buddy. I love it. Never seen one with the bars/shield design posted on here.
Banner!
 
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VMI Digger

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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.

Thanks Ryan, back in the dirt once you get back
 

Honest Samuel

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We have copperheads snakes in the great state of Connecticut. Snakes are good tasting and free food.
 

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Huge congrats man! That should be up top fast. You got my vote :occasion14:
 
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Very awesome find buddy. I love it. Never seen one with the bars/shield design posted on here.
Banner!

Thought it was an unlisted variety, but did find one example on the GW website. Would have been silver washed. Thanks for the vote
 

DownNDirty

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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:

Nice tat!
 

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Big congrats Jon! My buddy Jdsly dug one when we first started digging, actually at one of the sites I took you to. Not having any idea What it was, I remember telling him "that's gonna turn out to be something good!". Sure enough, it made banner and still probably one of his best finds. Very rare and historic find buddy, banner vote going in. Congrats again!
 

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Congratulations on digging that button! I've heard of them, but never saw one posted. I'm glad that you, the button fanatic that you are, were the one to dig that up. Looks like banner #4 coming your way!
 

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I like the button. I have dug several early nipple buttons that you never see posted but I have not dug any “special buttons”. I found a cut tree coin that didnt make banner so I really have no idea what belongs up top but Ill give you a vote since its something I dont have that I would like to have. Good job on the cleanup too
 
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Big congrats Jon! My buddy Jdsly dug one when we first started digging, actually at one of the sites I took you to. Not having any idea What it was, I remember telling him "that's gonna turn out to be something good!". Sure enough, it made banner and still probably one of his best finds. Very rare and historic find buddy, banner vote going in. Congrats again!

Thanks for the vote Darby, this site is a strange one..
landed on it based on an 1697 plat map and instead found a mid 1700s homesite. Pulled dozens of flats, but this one is the crown jewel for sure.
 
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Congratulations on digging that button! I've heard of them, but never saw one posted. I'm glad that you, the button fanatic that you are, were the one to dig that up. Looks like banner #4 coming your way!

Thanks buddy, I still remember the rush of the first blank flat button I ever recovered... Brought it home, over cleaned it, and accidently broke the shank :BangHead: Happy to say 5 years of recovering and preserving dug buttons I was well prepared for this one. Thanks for the banner nod
 
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Banner for sure !!!
 

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Awesome ink Steve... "D"
 
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I like the button. I have dug several early nipple buttons that you never see posted but I have not dug any “special buttons”. I found a cut tree coin that didnt make banner so I really have no idea what belongs up top but Ill give you a vote since its something I dont have that I would like to have. Good job on the cleanup too

Thanks for the vote toasted, keep your head up, may still see that tree in the top and if not it's an incredible find
 

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