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    Fellows & Young button

    I can't for the life of me find any info in any of the button databases or anywhere on the web about "Fellows & Young". Dug this last weekend and I don't have any other by that manufacturer, or product line. Anybody heard of them? This was from a site that started in the early 1700's to about 1840.
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    The was a John Fellows listed in Birmingham, England in 1823. This is according to McQuinn and Bazelon's book. That would coincide with your depressed mark flat button. May I post this in a Facebook group I belong to>
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    Phil knows his buttons!
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    Thanks Phil and certainly you can post it elsewhere. I can try and get you a better pic if you wish.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lodge Scent View Post
    Thanks Phil and certainly you can post it elsewhere. I can try and get you a better pic if you wish.
    I just posted in on another site. I will let you know if and when I find anything out.
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    What does the front look like???
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    Quote Originally Posted by Full Metal Digger View Post
    What does the front look like???
    FMD, the front is featureless.
    Oldest find: 5,000 year old copper spearhead
    Oldest coin: 1699 William III halfpenny
    Purdiest coin: 1832 Capped Bust quarter
    Coolest find: USA button with blue threads still on shank

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    This is what I have found so far;
    Probably J Fellows and Henry Young. Around 1821- 29. J. Fellows NY. Made cadet buttons in 1820. John Fellows was listed as Keeper of Military Stores at 53 Washington St. New York from 1815-1821. Henry Young NYC 4 Maiden Lane. Listed as owning a hardware and military store from 1821. There is a void in Fellows and Young's story from 1821 to 1830. It is possible that Fellows was partnered with Young during that period.
    I will let you know if anything more comes up.
    Last edited by fyrffytr1; 06-10-2023 at 08:49 PM.
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    Thanks Phil. Awesome work!
    Oldest find: 5,000 year old copper spearhead
    Oldest coin: 1699 William III halfpenny
    Purdiest coin: 1832 Capped Bust quarter
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    Some more info that is contradictory to the previous info I posted



    Some history about James Fellows:
    He was born June 18, 1783 at Rhinebeck, NY. His early life was spent in Troy where he learned the trade of silversmithing. In August 1810, he took into partnership his brother Abraham under the name of J. Fellows and Co. About 1815 he moved to NYC and became a merchant on Maiden Lane as a large importer of Sheffield plate.
    During his career he was a member of the firms of Fellows and Young, Fellows and Reed and other companies.
    He moved to New Haven in 1853 and lived there the remaining years of his life. He died there July 16, 1867.

    Source: TEN SILVERSMITH FAMILIES OF NEW YORK STATE on JSTOR

    So, if he moved to NYC in 1815 and his company with Young was dissolved in 1820, this product was manufactured between these two dates.
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    Thanks Phil, that is great research. Very cool. It's safe to say that button is a couple hundred years old.
    Oldest find: 5,000 year old copper spearhead
    Oldest coin: 1699 William III halfpenny
    Purdiest coin: 1832 Capped Bust quarter
    Coolest find: USA button with blue threads still on shank

    "He who would search for pearls must dive below."

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    That was some awesome research, Phil!!! This is why I love our hobby so much. The history of what we find in the ground is just as fascinating as the find itself!
    Oldest Coin: 100-60 BC Gallic bronze coin (Sequani Tribe)
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    Oldest U.S. coin: 1805 Draped Bust Large Cent
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    1662 15 Kreuzers, Leopold I, Austria
    Best Relics: Bronze Age Arrowheads & Spearhead, 2c Roman silver ring, complete medieval knight's spur (x6)
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    I have to be honest here. I posted this button on some other sites and that is where the information came from in my last reply.
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