Dating colonial buttons

I'm still new at this hobby and feel that I'm making good progress learning to understand what my MXT is telling me.The larger button was found with the MXT at a depth of about 7 inches. Both are of the flat, one-piece variety with a braised on shank (loop), and should date late 1700's to early 1800's.It was intended as a cheap subsitute for silver like its close counterpart: Paktong.Since the metal is brittle, it could not be stamped and most tombac buttons are either plain or decorated with designs that have been engraved.Our Button Gallery contains more than 6000 images of buttons and button related specialties that visually illustrate our classification system.Fun Facts - includes Useful Tips and is especially for those who want to know more about button history and common terms and general facts Special Topics - features educational and fun articles on buttons as well as the actual patents for more than one hundred 19th century button inventions.

IX and some letters above evident, edge erosion but decent shape to edges, most probably from the Wendall Lang Collection originally.I have some that say "Guilt" and have a wreath or an Eagle on them, but no company name. I dont know where you found them at but go back and grid the area. If the ground is bare just look around as your detecting. I hope this helps a bit...congratulations getting out of the 1900's! A representative specimen...................................................2 within legend UNITED STATES, GI - 282R, 15mm, small cuff, complete with shank bent, quite nice with a majority of the legend intact which is rare on these pewter buttons..............................................., AM05.e, small size 17mm, turret shank, Arabic 5 within broken circle, dug by Wendell Lang in the 1970's in the Hudson Highlands, nice face with smooth patina, sharp designs, imported from France in 1778..............................., 24mm, turret shank, large coat issue plain face, imported from France in 1778 and used on different uniforms due to necessity.Dug by Wendell Lang in the 1970's in the Hudson Highlands.

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