Wednesday, November 30, 2011
Detecting Report: The Old Morrow Field
I spent just an hour searching the site yesterday, and found several interesting items. These included two early flat buttons, the most common period find on the site. Made of copper or copper alloys like tombac, these flat buttons would be attached to clothing with a looped wire shank. Occasionally they are designed on the front (particularly the older 18th century buttons), but often have markings on the back of the button around the shank. These can include laurel wreath designs, and maker or quality marks. The quality marks, found on many early 19th century buttons, refer to the quality of the gold gilt applied to the button, and often include phrases such as "extra rich", "double gilt", or "best colour". Buttons of this style have been used throughout the middle 1700's and early 1800's, declining from fashion going into the Civil War period. The larger of the two buttons found yesterday has no markings, but the smaller cuff button does appear to have a barely visible wreath pattern around the shank.
The other interesting piece from yesterday's hunt is this small convex copper oval. It has a square shaped peg, bent over. I believe it may be part of an early cuff-link, though I'm not sure on the ID. I was surprised when I began cleaning it to find writing along the edge. Although some letters are clearly visible, the words are difficult to decipher. I have posted several enhanced images below the fold - feel free to make your best guess about what this item might be, and what it says in the comments section!