I am pleased you have enjoyed the journey Traintime, I have for most of it, but having to clarify every point along the way to very sceptical people, which was very time consuming.
Every time an issue was raised about the buttons, I had to prove otherwise as best as possible, then when I had done that, another issue was raised. Now ignoring all the scientific data to date, ignoring all the information I have discovered over all this time, the latest response was the engraved initials look too good for American silversmiths.
Well you only have to look at some of the excellent work by earlier silversmiths in colonial America, the coats of arms with all that fantastic mantling, this is on tankards and teapots in the museums, you cannot dismiss that.
There are no silver or gold buttons I can find with engraved initials of an early period in any American colonial museum, so how can someone say that? Yet add all the colonial silversmiths together, they recorded making many thousands of them, where are they all?
If you look at my buttons from the top and then each row from left to right going down, you can see many differences between the buttons. Top button, look at the size of the last leg of the H, it is small, wide like a C. Button 2 look at the R as it curves down, it differs from top button. The button 2 also has a large last leg of the H compared with top button. Button 3 the top curve of the R has just a single line, no shadow like the others and so on. If you look closely there are many little differences, the larger buttons have shadows which should be opposite to the first RH, mirrored by 180 degrees. The engraver on a few got this wrong, plus other little details missing from one side to another, but I think they are still stunning.
I truly think that people should weigh up all the evidence I have put forth, does it stand up with all data timeline evidence, documented evidence, close proximity of silversmith who made 12 silver buttons to Richard Hubble of Stratfield, the Will with two sizes of silver buttons and so on.
I think Traintime, I may just go on that Cunard for a good long break, gone as far as I can here, so see how far I can go travelling
All the best, sorry about off loading a bit, Ha Ha.