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    Tiny Eagle button ID needed

    Sniffed some mid-conductors out of the iron today including this little flat button. I almost tossed it into the button bucket but decided to rub the dirt off and was surprised to see the remains of an eagle with shield holding an olive branch in its talons.

    I thought it might be be military but I could not find any match. Any suggestions would be appreciated.

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    Very cool. Its definitely pre 1850 and based on what I've seen I'd say post 1812 but probably no later than 1820.
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    Thanks Rebel! I was hoping it would War of 1812ish.
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    Is it brass, lead or pewter? What does the back look like? Do I see a small anchor on the shield? It could be an Official and Diplomatic Service button, but if there is an anchor on the shield it would be early Navy.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lodge Scent View Post
    Thanks Rebel! I was hoping it would War of 1812ish.
    Don't count it out yet. I'm by far no expert.
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    Gents, the button is brass. That is a shield on the eagle's breast. I can see no markings on the reverse.

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    I am leaning toward a Diplomatic button. Can you see anything in the shield?
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    I would also lean to a Diplomatic type of button . Its a nice find Jeff

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    Thanks Gents. I posted it on a FB button site fyrfftry recommended and the consenus is it is a diplomatic button.
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    Senior Member fyrffytr1's Avatar
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    It is still a very nice find. I would think they are rarer than military buttons from the same period.
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