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Retracing Old Ground

By: Anonymous


As I continue down the get familiar with the CTX 3030 I am hitting some old haunts that I have worked very hard with the E-TRAC...

I headed back to the Colonial that I recovered the 2 Reale, Colonial Buckle, and many other goodies from...

I recovered a 1944 Mercury Silver Dime then a nice musket ball as I was working around to the front of the house…

The CTX 3030 rang out… 11/32 12/33 @ 6”… I had to dig around some roots, but out popped a 2 piece brass button… Looked Civil War period right off…

I could see Cadet USMA (United States Military Academy)… I sent my wife a picture and she replied back that she looked it up and USMA was West Point…

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West Point (US Military Academy USMA) Cadet Button... This button's backmark is written in what's called "raised" letters (like on a typical coin), instead of "incised" letters (which go down into the metal). On American-made buttons, a raised-letters back mark almost always means mid-1850s or earlier.

The back mark appears to be "Scovills & Co. / Extra" ...which means the button was manufactured sometime between 1840 and 1850. (The company which made this button became Scovills & Co. in 1840 and changed its name to Scovill Manufacturing Compay in 1850.)

1840’s West Point Cadet Button… WAHOO !!! Thank you Minelab !!

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