✅ SOLVED Need help with aged and ID of a navy button

MackDog

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TheCannonballGuy

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Your genuine US Navy uniform (not a Fashion/Imitation) button's exact backmark, including the two stars and two rings of dots, is shown in a photo in the book "American Military Button Makers And Dealers; Their Backmarks & Dates." The authors say your specific backmark was in use only from (circa) 1860 to 1870.

You didn't ask, but somebody will want to know:
Being an 1860-70 backmark, it COULD have been made during the civil war, but equally possible to be from 1866-70. In such cases we have to rely on the dig-location as an indicator. Being found in Spokane WA gives us no help. BTW, even when an 1860-70 button is found in an area of civil war military activity, it MAY have been made in 1867 and came off the uniform of a yankee Occupation soldier or sailor during Reconstruction. That is why we Virginia diggers find "absolutely-definitely postwar" yankee buttons around Richmond.
 

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MackDog

Bronze Member
Nov 20, 2013
1,410
2,736
Spokane Wa
Detector(s) used
Garrett At Pro, 8 x11" and Nel Storm coils
Garrett Propointer er, Pro Pointer AT
White's V3i Standard, 10" DD, 13" Ultimate and 4 x6" sniper, 6 x10 coils, Drect 12 x 15 coil
Whites MX Sport With Detec
Primary Interest:
Metal Detecting
Your genuine US Navy uniform (not a Fashion/Imitation) button's exact backmark, including the two stars and two rings of dots, is shown in a photo in the book "American Military Button Makers And Dealers; Their Backmarks & Dates." The authors say your specific backmark was in use only from (circa) 1860 to 1870.

You didn't ask, but somebody will want to know:
Being an 1860-70 backmark, it COULD have been made during the civil war, but equally possible to be from 1866-70. In such cases we have to rely on the dig-location as an indicator. Being found in Spokane WA gives us no help. BTW, even when an 1860-70 button is found in an area of civil war military activity, it MAY have been made in 1867 and came off the uniform of a yankee Occupation soldier or sailor during Reconstruction. That is why we Virginia diggers find "absolutely-definitely postwar" yankee buttons around Richmond.
Thank you so much
 

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