Nice early navy button

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I haven’t detected much in the last few years, but recently got the bug. I managed to pull this yesterday at one of my old sites. I can’t find the exact match, but looks to be commissioned officer button used from Rev War to maybe War 1812 also. Any extra info is much appreciated. Just a trace of gilt left…
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I haven’t detected much in the last few years, but recently got the bug. I managed to pull this yesterday at one of my old sites. I can’t find the exact match, but looks to be commissioned officer button used from Rev War to maybe War 1812 also. Any extra info is much appreciated. Just a trace of gilt left… View attachment 1988943
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Is there a backmark? The closest match I can find in Albert's book is BNH4 on page 90. It is a British Captains button 1774-1787; 1-piece with a blank back.
 
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Is there a backmark? The closest match I can find in Albert's book is BNH4 on page 90. It is a British Captains button 1774-1787; 1-piece with a blank back.
There is no backmark, I was hoping someone with Alberts would chime in. From what I have read the US navy officers wore the same buttons. Does Alberts have a picture of anything different for the Continental Navy officers up to and including 1812? Thanks for your help…
 

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Here are the US Navy buttons shown in Alberts and the similar British ones. There were a few more US ones but they are nothing like your button.
As you can see the BNH-4 is the closest match to yours.
 

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Here are the US Navy buttons shown in Alberts and the similar British ones. There were a few more US ones but they are nothing like your button.
As you can see the BNH is the closest match to yours.
Thank you for your help! I just ordered a used Albert’s which I wanted the last time I was heavy into detecting 10 years ago. Finally pulled the trigger!
 

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I have three copies but all have sentimental value to them. The one I use was given to me by my next oldest brother and I have just about worn the spine cover off of it. The other two belonged to my brothers and I inherited them. It's hard to let any of them go.
 

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