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09-15-2015, 05:40 PM
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Played in the Woods
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Haven't hit any wooded spots this season, as they've been too overgrown & buggy, but fall is quickly approaching, and thought I'd start warming up. So, tried a few places I've had my eye on, and it was a great hunt.

My favorite find is the button. If anyone knows what it's related to, please chime in. The only things I can make out for the backmark is the letters "WH", and then some gobbledygook I can't see, and then the letters "TMA", followed by more gobbledygook. Could it be a Horstmann's? Any guess what the "12" indicates? What's really cool is, there's a loop someone attached to the back, which is the first I've ever pulled like that. Also has a decent amount of gilding still on it. My guess is someone wore the button on a chain, to remember a loved one or something along those lines...but only a guess.

Also got a WW1/WW2 Caduceus collar disk, a plain flat button, a suspender clip, and some type of broken lead figurine.

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09-15-2015, 07:07 PM
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My wife and I did park this morning then rained out.
This afternoon beach rained out again.
You found more nice relics Congrats.

Have a Great Day!
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09-15-2015, 08:35 PM
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Congrats and no clue to the origin of that very fine button. WTG Joe!!

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09-16-2015, 06:29 AM
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The button thing with the staff with wings and a snake wrapped around it is a WW1 Military Surgeons button or collar disc thing (have found several myself on the old VA hospital site I've been diggin for a few yrs). Cool find!

The button with the # "12" on it is I believe a war of 1812 - 12th regiment button... Very nice!

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09-16-2015, 07:58 AM
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Very cool buttons, congratulations.
Relic hunter is probably right but you can look through Albert's button book

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09-16-2015, 10:20 AM
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Nice finds Joe!

What you actually have is a New York 12th regiment militia button, civil war period.
I believe they are fairly rare. The ring on the shank is called a bachelors ring. Not 100% sure what the function is though.

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09-16-2015, 10:43 AM
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(09-16-2015 10:20 AM)SLCdigger Wrote:  Nice finds Joe!

What you actually have is a New York 12th regiment militia button, civil war period.
I believe they are fairly rare. The ring on the shank is called a bachelors ring. Not 100% sure what the function is though.

http://www.sgtriker.com/nondugunionregulation.htm

Thanks guys Happy Frank, THANK YOU, this thing was driving me nuts, as I couldn't definitively i.d. it! This is why we love this hobby. To think that a soldier wore this button on their uniform 150 years ago, and I'm the first person to hold it after all these years is a TERRIFIC feeling. I'm happy this spot worked out, and even though no old coins, a find like this means so much more.

I need to read more about the bachelor ring info Yes

Cool!

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09-17-2015, 07:27 PM
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Here's your button Joe

it is in fact an civil war piece -- NY Militia

shoulda known from it being a 2 piece that it wasn't an 1812 era piece

still a cool find no matter

congrats on a super find Yes

   


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09-19-2015, 09:36 AM
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Fantastic!

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09-19-2015, 04:34 PM
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(09-17-2015 07:27 PM)MichiganRelicHunter Wrote:  Here's your button Joe

it is in fact an civil war piece -- NY Militia

shoulda known from it being a 2 piece that it wasn't an 1812 era piece

still a cool find no matter

congrats on a super find :yes

Wayne, great info Yes The spot where I found it was surely picked clean over the years, but they obviously missed a bunch of stuff. I was digging everything nickel and above, which I always do at an older spot, and I'm sure others passed over this button because it wasn't in the higher coin ranges. At least, that's my theory Happy There's not a whole lot of signals left, but when one comes up, if it's at least a few inches deep, it could be good. Need to get back there after some heavy rain, once it cools down.

(09-19-2015 09:36 AM)deathray Wrote:  Fantastic!

Thanks, Ray Beer

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