What A REVOLUTIONARY find - Button - Please Help

Gavinsdiscoveries

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Hello everyone!
Happy Friday! I had a chance to do some detecting today at a very early house site. The site is on 1872 and 1883 maps. There were not many maps made of the aria but I know the house is atleast 1850s or older! The house is mostly gone exept for a perimiter wall and a bunch of rocks. The brandywine battle field is a few minute drive from the sight. There were many scermishes in the aria we live in. The brittish camped where my school was in the 1780s. There were battles fought at nearby metting houses etc. Vally Forge is only an hour away. I was detecting on the 20 ft long dirt road that leads up to the house. My first find was a fairly modern industrial chain. The second find is the find of the day!

I first saw this sticking out of the ground 4 inches deep
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As it turns out its a flat button. It has 2 styles of wreaths on the obverse. One that is like tinly slanted slashes. The other one is right next to it and those are extreamily tiny dashes angling inwards twards the center. There are no makings (exept the wreath). The shank is broken off. Is it possibly colonial? Any Thoughts or date ranges would be much appreciated! Thank you!
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CreakyDigger

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Good job! I'm no expert of buttons, but I have found similar ones to this in an area where Rev. War troops encamped. I'm sure someone smarter than I will help you out. Adding measurements to your post will help the experts.
 

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smokeythecat

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It's a 3rd quarter 18th century what we call a "dandy" button. They were widely used for quite a long time, It's a civilian pattern.
 

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Gavinsdiscoveries

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WOW! Thanks everyone! You guys are the very knowledgeable! The button is 1 inch around and is the thickness of a dime. Do you think it is from 1770 - 1820?
 

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smokeythecat

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Easily, but probably not much after 1800. The styles changed and buttons started to be backmarked by 1810.
 

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Gene Mean

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Congrats on the dandy button! I think they were called dandys because they were worn by British gentleman(known as dandys or dandies). So it could have fallen off a fancy jacket. I have found two and soaked each in lemon juice which cleaned them and brought out the gold gilt in the design. You might want to try that or leave as is. 20190720_111541.jpg 20190318_151634.jpg
 

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Medium Dandy Button 1750-80.
 

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