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I had a good friend want to go metal detecting for his first time and he found this old button.  Looks to be some sort of brass/copper metal.  No markings on either the front or back.  About 1" in diameter but was wondering if anyone knows the approximate time frame.  Thought the shank would be the best judge of age.

Thanks in advance.

 

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Here's a quick reference.

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Any context on where you found it? Not specifically of course. I'd recommend you look there quite a bit more. It's definitely colonial.

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Found in the middle of a huge piece of property where there were 2 rock chimneys about 20 feet apart.  I wanted to return but the owner sold the entire property.  Lost chance, yet again.

Thanks for the information.

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Looks like a Tombac button  Generally dates to mid to late 1700's

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I'd have to see the front, this one looks like a brass flatty to me, but it does have a really old shank. 🤔 If the front is grey/silver and waxy, it's Tombac. If green and corroded it's probably brass. 20220514_181237.thumb.jpg.01e1244b2e49cb4c7e4d79b7eeb66b0b.jpg

Left is a pretty scratched up Tombac. They are low IDs on an Equinox, anywhere from 4-10. Right is a brass flat, they are a bit higher. I find them everywhere here.

Shame you missed out on that place, I see you're also in VA but it's big 🤔

If you have farms out there, time to befriend a farmer! Or a "country gentleman" with a lotta land. 🙂

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You're exactly right

 

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Thats a good chart on buttons, thanks!

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