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    Continental Army USA Button!

    Hi everyone! I haven't been out detecting in over a month until today. It's summer break time for us. I have been itching to get out and dig some holes. I got an invite from a good friend to hunt a standing colonial home permission today for a few hours. I was running 14khz and Reactivity 5 staying close to the house in the nails. I got a signal next to a root and dug up my very first Continental Army USA Revolutionary War Button!

    I actually said OMG out loud.

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    Stunning find, congrats!

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    Woah! Congrats, what a great find. It's in awesome shape. Is it made of pewter? I think I read somewhere they have to be preserved a special way to keep them from flaking apart after coming out of the ground. Did you have to do anything special to it?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Full Metal Digger View Post
    Woah! Congrats, what a great find. It's in awesome shape. Is it made of pewter? I think I read somewhere they have to be preserved a special way to keep them from flaking apart after coming out of the ground. Did you have to do anything special to it?
    I gently cleaned it and soaked the button last night in a mixture of Elmer's Glue and water for five hours. After it dried, I applied a coat of Renaissance Wax and let that dry. I just applied a second coat of Renaissance Wax. After it dries again, I will do it for the third coat. I have some satin spray polyurethane that I usually use on my pewter buttons but it makes them a little shiny (even though it's satin). It is pewter and other than the degraded shank and a couple of bad spots on the rim the button appears stable. I think it has a very high lead content for a pewter button. I haven't seen any flaking at all. If I do, then it will get a coat of polyurethane.
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    It does not get much more historical than that! I think it's a great example too. Big congrats!
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    WOWEEE Donnie!!
    That's still on my wish list! What's the back look like? Huge congrats!!!!!!

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    Great find, stunning example. Congrats

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    Quote Originally Posted by OxShoeDrew View Post
    WOWEEE Donnie!!
    That's still on my wish list! What's the back look like? Huge congrats!!!!!!
    Thanks! I added a couple of photos above. The button looked brownish due to the lighting on my desk last night but it's actually a gray color. The shank is degraded.

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    Congrats on a fantastic and historic find!
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    Great find Donnie B !
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    Spectacular find and it is in amazing shape for a pewter button!

    What an incredible piece of history you saved, Donnie! Awesome!

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    A wonderful find Donnie! Congrats to you sir.

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    Very nice!!
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    Chicken Dinner for sure. Nice one
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    Quote Originally Posted by CTTodd View Post
    Chicken Dinner for sure. Nice one
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    WOW, Great Find
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    This is Grant Hansen's YouTube video of our Revolutionary War Buttons! Grant made a great find himself, a 7th Regiment Continental Army button! Grant does a really great job on the videos so you might find some more that you like. If you like this video, please consider subscribing for more. This hunt was about three weeks ago: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Duez...DZJaFrhvdTGiL8
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