Smallest button I have ever found.

fyrffytr1

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I have no idea what this button would have been used for. Found it with my XP Deus and 11" coil. Slow and steady brings the good stuff up.
 

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I am going to try cleaning it up a little in order to get a clearer shot of the front. Sorry for the blurry one in the above post.
 

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Must of come off some real fine wear to be that tiny.
Something that a button hook would have been used to navigate them through the hole quicker.
Well done on the recovery of the little one.
 

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Nice save of the button FF1. You did well to find such a small target with a larger coil. You are absolutely right about going on the Low and Slow mode. On the buttons front, is that an early Eagle? Thanks for sharing. Let us know what is revealed after a little more time cleaning. Good Luck.
 
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This is as clean as it is going to be. I have been told it could be a child's clothing button, a doll button, shoe or glove button.
 

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I was intending to say it's a lady's-glove or lady's-shoe button. But others already said that, so I'll just say I agree with them. Somewhere in my computer I had a photo showing a late-1800s lady's "high-top" button-up shoe with the teeny-tiny buttons, but I can't find it tonight. So instead, here's a photo showing one that was found deep down in an 1880s town dump, and the buttonhole slots on it should give you an indication of how tiny the buttons were.

Just to help educate y'all about the actual ID of the so-called "civil war Confederate Spy heelplates" with cut-out emblems such as a heart or spade, here's another photo of that lady's shoe, showing the brass heelplate with cut-out emblem on its ladies-size heel. Remember, it's from an 1880s town dump in Colorado -- which is a long way in both time and space (and gender) from being worn by a Confederate soldier. NEVER trust what Ebay sellers say when they claim the object they're trying to sell you is a civil war relic.
 

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Just to help educate y'all about the actual ID of the so-called "civil war Confederate Spy heelplates" with cut-out emblems such as a heart or spade, here's another photo of that lady's shoe, showing the brass heelplate with cut-out emblem on its ladies-size heel. Remember, it's from an 1880s town dump in Colorado -- which is a long way in both time and space (and gender) from being worn by a Confederate soldier. NEVER trust what Ebay sellers say when they claim the object they're trying to sell you is a civil war relic.
We are going off the button track a bit, but just want to add the other urban myth out there;
The story goes that CW period Ladies of the Night would use the mud prints as a secret sign for clients to follow!
 

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