Ancient/Antique Buttons

A complete Medieval cast copper alloy button. The button has a domed front with an integrally cast and drilled attachment loop on the reverse. The front of the button has a cross each arm of the cross oval-shaped in relief, with a central pellet. A lead alloy button dating to the post-medieval period. The button is discoidal with an integrally cast long-armed shank with loop. The head of the button is convexed and decorated with a six armed star with central pellet. Similar can be seen in.

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Discussion in ‘ Outerwear ‘ started by Peacoat , Jan 23, Want to buy or sell something? Check the classifieds New Posts Classifieds. The Fedora Lounge. Jan 23, 1. Messages: 4, Neither had the same outer shell finish as the original one I had liked so well. Research showed there were no good reference sources for verifying the provenance of these fine coats. As I researched and gained experience with the coats, I made a conscious decision to take notes and photos and to save them.

This decision proved fortuitous when I found the Fedora Lounge and was able to answer questions about a coat that someone owned or a coat someone wanted to buy. I am happy to have found a place to share my knowledge about these wonderful pieces of history. This discussion will bring together the comments I have made in my numerous posts in the peacoat thread, plus information I have not yet commented on.

Vintage Button Guide: Ways to Identify Antique Buttons

Peacoats look best buttoned, so we suggest you always button up! The iconic shape and fit comes from the rows of buttons spaced evenly down the length of the trunk and torso. The peacoats worn in the U. Navy today feature thick, large black plastic buttons imprinted with an anchor wrapped in a rope, and a ring of 13 stars surrounding it.

Cast pewter buttons with a copper alloy link. The motif of six circles around a. Site​: 18CV Patuxent Point. Context: Test Unit , Stratum K, Oyster Shell.

There was a revival of daguerreotypy in the late 20th century by a small number of photographers interested in making artistic use of early photographic processes. The image is on a mirror-like silver surface, normally kept under glass, and will appear either positive or negative , depending on the angle at which it is viewed, how it is lit and whether a light or dark background is being reflected in the metal. The darkest areas of the image are simply bare silver; lighter areas have a microscopically fine light-scattering texture.

The surface is very delicate, and even the lightest wiping can permanently scuff it. Some tarnish around the edges is normal. Several types of antique photographs, most often ambrotypes and tintypes , but sometimes even old prints on paper, are very commonly misidentified as daguerreotypes, especially if they are in the small, ornamented cases in which daguerreotypes made in the US and the UK were usually housed.

The name “daguerreotype” correctly refers only to one very specific image type and medium, the product of a process that was in wide use only from the early s to the late s.

Southwest Concho/Concha Buttons

Button-like objects of stone, glass, bone, ceramic, and gold have been found at archaeological sites dating as early as b. Nevertheless, they have the familiar holes through which to pass a thread, which gives them the appearance of the button currently known as a fastener. Buttons can be divided into two types according to the way they are attached to a garment.

Starting with the War of more stylish buttons were used by American officers​. ‘s US Army General Service mm Cast Pewter Albert’s GI A a regiment or company number could have been stamped inside at a later date.

Button , usually disklike piece of solid material having holes or a shank through which it is sewed to one side of an article of clothing and used to fasten or close the garment by passing through a loop or hole in the other side. Purely decorative , nonutilitarian buttons are also frequently used on clothing.

In medieval Europe , garments were laced together or fastened with brooches or clasps and points, until buttonholes were invented in the 13th century. Then buttons became so prominent that in some places sumptuary laws were passed putting limits on their use. By the 14th century buttons were worn as ornaments and fastenings from the elbow to the wrist and from the neckline to the waist.

The wearing of gold, silver, and ivory buttons was an indication of wealth and rank.

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IN a Connecticut settler named Aaron Benedict was looking for a business when Congress declared war against England, providing a perfect opportunity. The war meant thousands of United States soldiers and sailors would need uniforms, adorned with buttons. And with trade cut off, England would no longer be the supplier. Benedict bought up every brass pot, pan and kettle he could find, established a rolling mill outside of Waterbury and began making buttons.

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Type I represents the 1-piece flat buttons made by either 1 casting metal lead, pewter, or brass in a mold which also provided an integral eyelet; in some buttons the hole in the shank was drilled, or 2 striking the device on a brass disk; a wire eyelet or loop shank was fastened by brazing. Type II represents the 2-piece convex buttons. This type was invented by Benjamin Sanders of Birmingham, England in The button was made of two pieces, a front shell upon which the device was struck, and a back plate to which a wire eyelet or loop shank was fastened by brazing.

The two parts were fastened together by turning the edge of the front shell over the back piece. Type III represents the staff buttons that are usually gilt, convex, with the device on a lined field. This type was first produced by the Scovill Company in the ‘s, for the army staff officers. The buttons are similar to the buttons of type II except that the front shell and back piece are held together by a separate narrow flat rim. The “Hessian buttons” are also called “tomback buttons” and usually found along with relics, circa midth to early 19th centuries, at the metal detecting sites predominantly in the North-East USA.

Unfortunately there is a lack of information on the origin and design of this type of buttons on the Web.

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At the Light Infantry Redoubt, Crown. Point State Historic Site, two numbered pewter regimental buttons were excavated in with the numbers L and 51 (​Fig.

The marking is invariably produced by die stamping, which is an inherent part of the manufacturing process, and backmarks produced in this way continue to be used to the present day. The list that follows identifies British manufacturers and the backmarks they used from the earliest ones recorded until about the middle of the twentieth century. They have been collated from a large number of sources over a long period of time, both documentary and from the buttons themselves, most of which have been recovered by metal detectorists.

In general, dates should be regarded as approximate, and not exclusive unless the context indicates otherwise. It is also the case that there are some differences in respect of dating between the secondary sources that have been consulted. The listing is in alphabetical order, by company name. During the period concerned, this is invariably the surname s of the founder s.

Where various members or generations of the same family worked for the business, they are listed under the common surname. Where double or multiple names apply, each name is listed separately, but cross-referenced back to the main company name. This has been done to facilitate faster tracing of a company when backmarks are partially illegible, as they often are on buttons recovered from the ground.

In addition to listing backmarks, any relevant information concerning the button makers is shown in summary form.

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This was a big leap in American button manufacturing compared to the colonial cast mold buttons. The simple crude style number or letters which were used by the Continental Army or state militia were now replaced with more artistic foliated letters, star patterns, and a variety of federal eagle types. The age of simple pewter molds were no longer used after Waynes Legion or early Federal Army of Starting with the War of more stylish buttons were used by American officers.

Given a wide latitude within regulation they would be able to introduce all types Federal style eagles with accompanying regimental numbers or floral designs.

Aug 4, – A complete cast lead button, probably dating from the post-​medieval period. Diameter of head: mm; length of shank: mm; mass: ​g. T.

You are using an outdated browser. Please upgrade your browser to use this web site. Your shop is in holiday mode so this listing is not visible to the public. This item has sold! View other listings from handcastpewter or click here to contact them. Medieval people just like us liked to accessorise – and the bling for the masses was made of pewter. These pewter buttons are based on pieces from medieval and renaissance Europe, dating from the 12th to the 16th century.

They’re handmade in the traditional way – individually cast in hand-carved soapstone moulds. This listing is for a set of SIX pewter buttons with a small unadorned domed design see my other listings for a larger domed button. The face of each button is approximately 8. They have a shank with a loop on the back for sewing to your clothing. The depth of this shank 8.

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