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  1. And the 1820 list:

    And the 1820 list:
  2. I did a little more digging and found a website...

    I did a little more digging and found a website that lists several Philadelphia business directories going back to the 1700s. Here is a screen shot showing the Woods listed in 1810. Note there a few...
  3. I can't find a James Wood in any of my references...

    I can't find a James Wood in any of my references so he is probably not a military goods maker or dealer. You might try searching Philadelphia merchants from the time period you mentioned. Good luck...
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    Congratulations. Buttons are my favorite finds.

    Congratulations. Buttons are my favorite finds.
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    The correct Id for this button is as follows: ...

    The correct Id for this button is as follows:

    For comparison, button and family crest. The Speke crest was unique with the word NILE included, not a common thing with family heraldry.
    Sure looks...
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    Thanks for the replies. I have learned that, as...

    Thanks for the replies. I have learned that, as Del said, it is a livery button but it is rare to see one with two houses of nobility on it. Maybe it was a unification through marriage. I also...
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    Button Help Please.

    I am posting this for a friend. It is a 1 piece button with the backmark of "Firmin & Sons 153 Strand London" I cannot figure out the obverse. Why would a porcupine be chasing an alligator or...
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    The offer still stands.

    The offer still stands.
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    Just to update everyone, the badge will be mailed...

    Just to update everyone, the badge will be mailed out tomorrow. It is going to the Methuen, Ma. fire department. Ken from the Methuen FD lost my contact information several years ago and just last...
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    Thanks for all the replies guys. I only call them...

    Thanks for all the replies guys. I only call them meager because of what I see everyone else post here. This part of the country only goes back to the early 1800s.
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    First Meager finds of 2021

    I hit two different sites with a friend today and got one good find from both. The first site produced an 1880 H Canada 5 cent piece and the second site gave me a general service eagle cuff button...
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    Looks like 31 or 51 to me. Nice finds.

    Looks like 31 or 51 to me. Nice finds.
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    I agree with Ill digger. They are all modern. The...

    I agree with Ill digger. They are all modern. The bottom row are called wad cutters and may be 38 caliber. Top left looks like a 45 caliber and the next two look like muzzle loaders. Accurate...
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    Dang, those are some super nice finds. Congrats!

    Dang, those are some super nice finds. Congrats!
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    Congratulations on a very nice coin. That one is...

    Congratulations on a very nice coin. That one is on my bucket list!
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    In 1840, milk glass buttons, simple utilitarian...

    In 1840, milk glass buttons, simple utilitarian two to four hole sew through styles of opaque white pressed glass, began to replace brass and gilt buttons in men's wear.
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    It is also associated with Russia and Russian...

    It is also associated with Russia and Russian Masons. I think the first picture is of the back and the second is the front.
  18. Awesome! I can only dream of finding stuff that...

    Awesome! I can only dream of finding stuff that old!
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    Donnie B, I knew I had seen that button somewhere...

    Donnie B, I knew I had seen that button somewhere with the description but my old mind just doesn't hold it all like it used to.
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    The more I think about it the more I think I...

    The more I think about it the more I think I remember. I am pretty sure it was made in England around the early 1800s and America's button makers were getting better. We were less dependent on...
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    IIRC it had something to do with overstock when...

    IIRC it had something to do with overstock when the button was changed to a newer style. Instead of throwing them out the button maker(s) simply put the shank on the front and sold them as regular...
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    Then why did it pee in my hand when I picked it...

    Then why did it pee in my hand when I picked it up to move to a safe spot?:lol:
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    Never give up!

    I walked out my back door this morning and caught a slight movement on the ground. Looking down I was greeted by this sight. When the snake noticed me he quickly spit the toad out and headed for...
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    I have had success stabilizing pewter buttons by...

    I have had success stabilizing pewter buttons by coating them with a 50/50 mix of Elmer's glue and water. It will continue to deteriorate if left untreated.
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    Found one. The seller even included a silver dime...

    Found one. The seller even included a silver dime so my son was happy!
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