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Social History, Button

Post by Dave The Slave » Wed Oct 11, 2017 4:41 pm

Recently there`s been a glut of buttons on the Forum which has been interesting regarding identifications. Thousands are found , which are plain , run of the mill. When you find one with a design or writing on the front, that`s when the research kicks in. Here is my offering.
Last season, had 6 months detecting on OSR stubble. Turned up at the permission in January and the ground was frozen solid, no way I could dig a signal. Went to the other field that has a south facing slope, ground still frozen down to 3" but could get the spade in. Did 2hrs and recovered a Roman Claudius II Gothicus, Barbarus Issue. Fog started to lift and the temp rose a degree or 2. Went back to original field for an hour, slight melt on surface. Nearly finished, fog had gone but then a mist descended that followed me across the field, sun was shining through, felt like I was in a spotlight, quite spooky.
50mts from car a good signal, about 3" down using a Garrett 400i on custom mode, iron audio off, discrim below 60. A button, only my 4th ever, the others being a smashed up Victorian Royal Artillery button , 1 x plain 14mm and a larger one with a curved motif around the edge. Cleaned it off and could see writing on front and reverse. Front " Stockbridge Association, Labourers Friend. Reverse makers info, Doughty & Co, 103 St Martins Lane, London. Button is 25mm diameter. Did my own research and from records appears to be 1838 to 1873.Here is the link to the PAS record , the last of the 12 items, the FLO has recorded for me from last season and the only one not to have already been shown on the Forum.
https://finds.org.uk/database/artefacts ... /id/860610.
Thanks for looking .
Dave.
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Re: Social History, Button

Post by Lowland » Wed Oct 11, 2017 5:59 pm

That's a canny button-
I take it they were a benevolent society?
Edit to say ...just read the PAS listing...doh!

Goes from just a button to a chunk of local and British social history.
Awesome
Tip of the hat to you for the research ::g
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Re: Social History, Button

Post by fred » Wed Oct 11, 2017 6:43 pm

That is the reason that I like participating in IDing finds so much.

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Re: Social History, Button

Post by Lowland » Wed Oct 11, 2017 8:30 pm

fred wrote:
Wed Oct 11, 2017 6:43 pm
That is the reason that I like participating in IDing finds so much.
::g
Without the background/history most objects are just a 'thing'
Look how long archaeology spends trying to work out the backgrounds on stellar finds/objects .
That's were it's at with every find!
If it wasn't 98% of what I dig up and research/post up on this excellent forum would just get tossed into the scrap..

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Re: Social History, Button

Post by f8met » Wed Oct 11, 2017 11:05 pm

You have only found 4 buttons? Wow. I found at least a dozen last weekend. I must have well over 1000! And 1 permissions worth is missing from the photo!

I do agree though I find it sad when I see buttons in scrap bins in rallies. Especially the 4 hole type with town names on. I have one that can be traced to a local village where the retailer had a pub with a tailors shop on the side in the late 1800s.

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Post by Lowland » Wed Oct 11, 2017 11:25 pm

f8met wrote:
Wed Oct 11, 2017 11:05 pm
You have only found 4 buttons? Wow. I found at least a dozen last weekend. I must have well over 1000! And 1 permissions worth is missing from the photo!

I do agree though I find it sad when I see buttons in scrap bins in rallies. Especially the 4 hole type with town names on. I have one that can be traced to a local village where the retailer had a pub with a tailors shop on the side in the late 1800s.
What an excellent business venture!

That's a lot of buttons/holes in the ground..
The small local tailors ones are high up my list,maybe got a dozen different ones,I always swear when a 'best ring steel' version comes out. ;)
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Re: Social History, Button

Post by f8met » Wed Oct 11, 2017 11:40 pm

Or superior

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Re: Social History, Button

Post by Lowland » Thu Oct 12, 2017 4:33 pm

f8met wrote:
Wed Oct 11, 2017 11:40 pm
Or superior
Good grief
Button magnet!
You could get somebody arty to make something outta that lot...
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