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Old 04-20-2017, 09:28 PM
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Hey guys, my friend dug these Union Army buttons that I'm having trouble pinning down. They were found near a 5ft-6ft deep old well, with numerous horseshoes and nails scattered about, on a bluff overlooking the "Y" -shaped valley formed by the confluence of two creeks in northern Kentucky.

Signs point to it possibly being a picket station to watch for bushwhackers from WV or KY trying to cross over the Ohio River to raid Union territory. I have scoured the Internet looking for this "Eagle & Stars" backplate with BEST stamped on it, and can find nothing that resembles it.

I'm hoping one of you Civil War relic hunters have come across these type buttons before.

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Old 04-20-2017, 09:30 PM
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Bonus 1864 Abraham Lincoln Re-Election token dug in same location
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Old 04-20-2017, 10:05 PM
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It is a general service button for enlisted men. USA
Style post 1854. Used throughout civil war.

Listed makers for this:
D. Evans & Co, Attleboro, MA;
W.G. Mintzer, Philadelphia;
Scoville & Co., Waterbury MA;
Steele & Johnson; Steele & Johnson Mfg;
Waterbury Button Co.

You may be able to research these individual makers and find a similar style of back.

Note: There is a die back listing for "Best and Co. NY" which may be a lead for you. Scoville Mfg. did contract work for them.
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Old 04-21-2017, 12:05 AM
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I have one of those tokens. Its a Sullivan AL-65 i think

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Best is a quality mark not a company name in this case.

The eagle indicates American made ..or British made trying to appeal to our patriotism by putting the eagle on there.

Somewhere around 1820 or so (give or take a few years), Civilian not military but could have been worn by a soldier wearing clothes from home.

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And what is the backmark of the Union General Service eagle button ?

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Originally Posted by bacon_wrangler View post
Bonus 1864 Abraham Lincoln Re-Election token dug in same location
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