Metal Detecting Hooked Me Into Button Collecting

Eastender

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When I started metal detecting a couple of years ago I was blessed with a beautiful George Washington Inaugural Button. I didn't even know what it was but ironically set a GW quarter next to it for scale. Fellow TNet Members told me what it was. (pic attached)

I then foolishly sold it and used the money to buy a Nox 800 while retiring my White's Spectra V3i. I assumed I would find another GW. Still have that feeling. But finding the GW gave me the gift of button collecting. I have now purchased nearly 400 collectible buttons in the past year, mostly trains and trolleys from 1870 - 1920. Many quite valuable and some NOS. I have a sizeable collection of colonial buttons (many shown here in a case) which I have found detecting locally. So metal detecting and the GW specifically gifted me a wonderful hobby. Plus I found detecting two gilt NYC mercantile buttons from 1820-30, one of them previously unknown, which I gave to author writing a book on Mercantile buttons. These stores were most likely fitting and supplying whaling ships in a nearby port town.

It makes sense for a Metal Detectorist to love small metallic objects. I won't bore people sharing images of my collections here. But I will share an image of a beauty I just scored: a 1855-1860 NY & Erie Railroad with a depiction of the vaunted 4-4-0 locomotive. It means a lot to me because the Erie ran through my childhood home in rural upstate NY. Pre-Civil War train buttons are the gold standard for this type and only a few examples of this one are known to exist.
 

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fyrffytr1

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I like finding buttons more than anything else. I also have a decent collection of dug, inherited and bought buttons. Most have been dug and I inherited some from my brother. I have purchased about thirty but , with the exception of one CS staff I have not paid over $20-$25 including shipping for any one button. My main interest is early military and great seal buttons.
 

Trezurehunter

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I can see your passion with collecting buttons. They are one of the top relics that I enjoy digging. Just love to see one come to the surface, and it looks like you have found some real nice ones. Keep that collection growing.
 

LowTide ( birdman)

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Yes buttons especially military are my faverit. I just purchased part of my elderly friends collection of over 100 buttons including three early rail road buttons. Love em!
A G.W would be amazing.
 

LowTide ( birdman)

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Jan 28, 2005
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Choctaw Beach Florida
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Equinox 800 and ORX, tesoro Cibola with garret,whites and minelab pinpointers
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All Treasure Hunting
When I started metal detecting a couple of years ago I was blessed with a beautiful George Washington Inaugural Button. I didn't even know what it was but ironically set a GW quarter next to it for scale. Fellow TNet Members told me what it was. (pic attached)

I then foolishly sold it and used the money to buy a Nox 800 while retiring my White's Spectra V3i. I assumed I would find another GW. Still have that feeling. But finding the GW gave me the gift of button collecting. I have now purchased nearly 400 collectible buttons in the past year, mostly trains and trolleys from 1870 - 1920. Many quite valuable and some NOS. I have a sizeable collection of colonial buttons (many shown here in a case) which I have found detecting locally. So metal detecting and the GW specifically gifted me a wonderful hobby. Plus I found detecting two gilt NYC mercantile buttons from 1820-30, one of them previously unknown, which I gave to author writing a book on Mercantile buttons. These stores were most likely fitting and supplying whaling ships in a nearby port town.

It makes sense for a Metal Detectorist to love small metallic objects. I won't bore people sharing images of my collections here. But I will share an image of a beauty I just scored: a 1855-1860 NY & Erie Railroad with a depiction of the vaunted 4-4-0 locomotive. It means a lot to me because the Erie ran through my childhood home in rural upstate NY. Pre-Civil War train buttons are the gold standard for this type and only a few examples of this one are known to exist.

These make great displays
 

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