Rare Confederate Rifleman Button and Sword Guard

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Hurt my back pretty badly right before Christmas and still can't dig holes, but I went out this weekend a couple of times to hobble around and watch. mbcuce felt bad for me and agreed to dig and let me swing his detecter some. Amazingly, with some very limited detecting, I found a couple of nice relics.

The best is the Confederate lined block-R button. I think it's pretty rare. The soil was not kind, but it cleaned up fairly well. I'm not seeing many examples online and fewer still that show any lines.

The guard is probably from a small sword. It has some neoclassical imagery that is very similar to some sword parts that I found a few years ago.

Thanks for looking.

rifleman obverse.jpg
rifleman reverse copy.jpg
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Hurt my back pretty badly right before Christmas and still can't dig holes, but I went out this weekend a couple of times to hobble around and watch. mbcuce felt bad for me and agreed to dig and let me swing his detecter some. Amazingly, with some very limited detecting, I found a couple of nice relics.

The best is the Confederate lined block-R button. I think it's pretty rare. The soil was not kind, but it cleaned up fairly well. I'm not seeing many examples online and fewer still that show any lines.

The guard is probably from a small sword. It has some neoclassical imagery that is very similar to some sword parts that I found a few years ago.

Thanks for looking.

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Those are some super finds. That sword guard is outstanding! I hope your backs heals quickly so you can do some more swinging at that honey hole! Congratulations!
 

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Hurt my back pretty badly right before Christmas and still can't dig holes, but I went out this weekend a couple of times to hobble around and watch. mbcuce felt bad for me and agreed to dig and let me swing his detecter some. Amazingly, with some very limited detecting, I found a couple of nice relics.

The best is the Confederate lined block-R button. I think it's pretty rare. The soil was not kind, but it cleaned up fairly well. I'm not seeing many examples online and fewer still that show any lines.

The guard is probably from a small sword. It has some neoclassical imagery that is very similar to some sword parts that I found a few years ago.

Thanks for looking.

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Nice job!! I have to get new friends that would dig for me. 😰
 

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Hurt my back pretty badly right before Christmas and still can't dig holes, but I went out this weekend a couple of times to hobble around and watch. mbcuce felt bad for me and agreed to dig and let me swing his detecter some. Amazingly, with some very limited detecting, I found a couple of nice relics.

The best is the Confederate lined block-R button. I think it's pretty rare. The soil was not kind, but it cleaned up fairly well. I'm not seeing many examples online and fewer still that show any lines.

The guard is probably from a small sword. It has some neoclassical imagery that is very similar to some sword parts that I found a few years ago.

Thanks for looking.

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Very Coool!!! Congrats!!!
 

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I can't remember seeing a CS "R" button posted here before. Congratulations on a very nice find.
I concur. I can't remember having seen one either. They area a rare find any day. What a cracker day!
 
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Thanks everyone, for the well-wishes for my back. It's always a little bad, but this time I was putting on my left sock and I guess pinched my sciatic nerve. Holy crap! It laid me out and still hurts.

mbcu was definitely a good sport to dig some holes for me, especially when I found better stuff than him. He's out of shape too and I was afraid that if he hurt himself I would not be able to drag him back to the truck.
 
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I can't remember seeing a CS "R" button posted here before. Congratulations on a very nice find.
Same here.

Your post made me curious, so I searched this site, going back about 20 years, there have been a couple of script-R's and a very beat up block-R like mine. There was also a reproduction and a civilian button that looked sort of similar. There could have been a few others that I missed, but it does seem to be pretty rare.

We don't find many Civil War relics in our area, and when I dug the button, we assumed it stood for "rifleman" but had to google it to be sure.

Got home and looked in Albert's Button Book. It's CS 203.
 

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Incredible finds and great teamwork- heal up and GL going forward!
 

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Amazing finds
Congrats
 

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What date is the Sword Guard? (Looks kind of late 18th C?) But I'm no good with weaponry.
 

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Super cool finds, congrats!
Heal up quick! I had to have spinal fusion about 10 years ago, so I know that pain well.
 
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What date is the Sword Guard? (Looks kind of late 18th C?) But I'm no good with weaponry.
Yeah, these were from two different sites and I think the sword guard is late 18th C. That period would fit the site and the Classical Greek influence in the relief would support that.
 

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