Is this authentic?

kfinegan

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Hi everyone, first post in a new forum so be gentle :)

I'm working with an eBay consignment store, looking to sell a few knick-knacks for a kindly old gent whose grandfather was heavily into collecting old coins, stamps & other curiosities. One of the things that's in his stash is a small pewter button with the letters "USA" sort of linked to each other like a chain. Just from looking a bit online it seems that this was a common Revolutionary War button design, but the button is in such great condition compared to the examples I've seen that I'm skeptical of calling it authentic. Here are some pictures:




Does this look like a replica, or could it be authentic? I'd appreciate any help with this.

Thanks,
KF
 
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vayank54

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It sure looks good. You might also ask William Leigh at civilwarbuttons.com
 
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kfinegan

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Thanks, I'll try both suggestions.

The seller has no idea about the origins of the button, he just found this along with some other miscellany among his grandfather's things and brought it to us as an alternative to throwing it away (Which is a good thing, because we've already found some valuable stuff in there.) We've already found some historical items that I could verify as authentic, so it wouldn't be out of the realm of possibility for this to be as well.
 

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Vague, "I don't know", responses are a clue about the seller and his goods. "My grandfathers collection", "My husbands death or divorce", Most of these people know what they have, and what it is worth. "Caveat Emptor" Hogge
 

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After looking at images of your button and other authentic USA buttons, side by side, I would have to say the one you have IS authentic. Everything really matches up well. JMO. This is a well kept relic. Obviously not a ground found piece. The best I've ever seen! I'm not an expert. The Troiani site would be the place to go. Send him an E-mail. Hogge
 

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WOW, That's a super find, Good One :icon_thumright:
 

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