12 American Colonial Silver Buttons

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Re: 12 American Colonial Silver Buttons

Postby dognose » Tue Feb 26, 2019 2:20 pm

Hi Steve,

Good to hear that you are feeling better, it sounds like you had a rough time of it.

Thanks for updating the topic and explaining the situation. We look forward to hearing more from you.

Trev.

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Re: 12 American Colonial Silver Buttons

Postby steve7408 » Wed Apr 10, 2019 2:20 pm

Hi Trev,

Thanks for that reply, I am feeling much better.

Thought I would clarify the test carried out to the buttons, it was an ICP-OES which Chris the Lab man said looks at all the elements within the sample, it is the impurities that are vitally important.

Link to Assay site- https://www.assayofficelondon.co.uk/oth ... y-services

It is a much more accurate way than XRF, even though XRF is a good test the surface can become enriched over time giving a false reading.
A tiny 20mg sample is gently scraped from each item and analysed, had to do this to be thorough and get a clear concise answer to what they are. Very old silver pieces made into buttons, post again soon.

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Re: 12 American Colonial Silver Buttons

Postby Aguest » Wed Apr 10, 2019 10:01 pm

Thank you for all your hard work in this thread, it is truly appreciated ::: If you get a chance, could you take a few close-up pics of the hallmarks? It might help to have some really sharp pics just in case someone in the future happens to stumble upon this hallmark :: I would love to know more about the silversmith who made these and the country of origin ::::: I love to think that these were made on a pirate ship from re-cycled Spanish Silver coins, however improbable that may be, they have such a great mystery about them :

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Re: 12 American Colonial Silver Buttons

Postby steve7408 » Sat Jul 20, 2019 6:02 am

Hi Aguest,
Your posting made me smile a bit, I wrote a piece which is not great but it tells people all I have learnt, I had a little website made and put the story with pictures on there.

So if your interested here's the link

https://www.12americancolonialsilvercoinbuttons.co.uk/

Hope you enjoy the read

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Re: 12 American Colonial Silver Buttons

Postby steve7408 » Sat Sep 07, 2019 6:42 pm

Thought I would put a update here about the engraved cypher on the buttons, had a few arguments regarding the date of this type of cypher. Here is a link to one of my books which is on Google, page 135 mentions the engraving and how important it was then in the Stuart period, the plate page just after page 136 shows the engraved initials in the exact same style as the buttons.

https://archive.org/details/englishjewe ... t/page/134


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