✅ SOLVED Need help with these tokens. TIA

Merf

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Hunted a farm site from 1871 today and found these. They are both thin. Measure 1 1/4” across. Nothing on the backs. Any help is greatly appreciated.
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Nit sure what the eagle one is but the other is from the Odd Fellows fraternal organization. Both very cool!!
Thank you much gunsil. Do you think it is antique?
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Neat finds. I think neither item is a token or button. I believe they're suspender 'buckles', based on Elisha Steele's 1850 patent. You can see a loop on the first one, to the right of the eagle:

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Several stamped designs exist, including the 'Hail Columbia' with eagle over a shield and also the other one with the IOOF emblems. The original patent shows a single loop, but they also exist with two loops, like this:

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With a bit of enhancement, you can just make out "HAIL COL..." on yours:

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"Hail Columbia" was a patriotic piece of music originally titled "The President's March" and composed for Washington's first inauguration. Joseph Hopkinson re-arranged it in 1798 and added lyrics to re-invent it as "Hail Columbia", after which it became America's de-facto (but unofficial) national anthem until replaced by "The Star-Spangled Banner" in 1931.
 
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