Treasure Finds and Stories
1777 USA Continental Army General Service Enlisted Soldier's Button
I purchased my DFX from Barbara at Kellyco last month and have been having a great time. The site I'm hunting on is an old stone foundation on a relative's farm in CT. We knew the site had 18th century pottery, nails, pipes and other odds and ends. I was shocked when the first week with my DFX I was getting a 17+ VDI in the stone foundation. I moved a few rocks from the wall and there sitting nicely protected from the elements was this 1777 USA Continental Army General Service enlisted soldier's button.
I took it to a military button expert to have it authenticated that following week and was graded as "excellent" condition. From my understanding the only other USA 1777 button's found were near or at Valley Forge. I've attached a picture of the button taken by Don Troiani who wrote the "Militay Buttons of the American Revolution." Here is an article I found on the internet from The Treasure Depot and Ernest Richard Bower regarding the button:
"The large size USA button is also fairly scarce in good condition. The most commonly seen size is 19mm and probably accounts for 80% of the known examples. Among numerous variations of this buttons type are some which are very rare and valuable. In addition to the letters USA , these variants bear additional markings on the face such as "1777", "NY" ( New York ) or "NC" ( North Carolina ). By 1779 the USA button became the official button of the Continental Army and its use was widespread. Examples of these buttons have been found on many American military sites used from 1777 to 1783."
(Note: buttons bearing only the letters " US " are post Revolutionary War.)
Thank you for making a great detector! KT- CT