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Found My First Cool Button This Morning!

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Definitely copper, and in pretty good shape.  About 5 inches down, showed strong 24 -26 in all sweep directions. Nox 800.  Pretty stoked!

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Show the back mark and shank if it has them, that's how you can determine if it is modern or antique.

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23 minutes ago, Chase Goldman said:

Show the back mark and shank if it has them, that's how you can determine if it is modern or antique.

Ahhh... I'll get a pic tomorrow and post. I know bupkiss about buttons. 😉

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regardless, that is a really nice button!

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10 hours ago, Chase Goldman said:

Show the back mark and shank if it has them, that's how you can determine if it is modern or antique.

Here's a pic of the back.  Verdict?

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Possibly late 19th century Victorian 2-piece button according to my sources but with the rusted tin back, hard to ID for sure because there is no reference backmark.  Neat design and find.  Congrats.

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Not newer with that square loop? Anyway of cleaning the back up a bit to see any text?

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I'll try and give the back a bit of a clean and see what's under there. The dating makes good sense, as the park was first established in the 1880s.

Any suggestions on cleaning? I certainly don't want to damage the button face.

I love this forum!  Thanks guys!

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47 minutes ago, kac said:

Not newer with that square loop? Anyway of cleaning the back up a bit to see any text?

Yes the square shank could mean more modern, but like I said, no way to know for sure.

12 minutes ago, Bashin said:

I'll try and give the back a bit of a clean and see what's under there. The dating makes good sense, as the park was first established in the 1880s.

Any suggestions on cleaning? I certainly don't want to damage the button face.

I love this forum!  Thanks guys!

Not sure you can really clean the back without the button falling apart.  So your call.  I have a tin backed Confederate I button with a highly corroded back.  I was told to just seal it up with an Elmers glue/water seal and put it away because they can just disintegrate.

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13 minutes ago, Chase Goldman said:

Yes the square shank could mean more modern, but like I said, no way to know for sure.

Not sure you can really clean the back without the button falling apart.  So your call.  I have a tin backed Confederate I button with a highly corroded back.  I was told to just seal it up with an Elmers glue/water seal and put it away because they can just disintegrate.

Roger that, Chase. I think I'll just be happy with a cool find, and leave it be.

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