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Old 10-09-2018, 07:13 AM
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Default buttons buttons and more buttons, quick question?

Seems we find a lot of old buttons. my question is, why ??

are they dropped and lost ??
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do they just fall off ??

curious and thanks...
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Old 10-09-2018, 08:13 AM
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something like that…
I probably own record find of you all when i dug like 150 buttons one time.

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Old 10-09-2018, 10:24 AM
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Originally Posted by Karletto View post
something like that…
I probably own record find of you all when i dug like 150 buttons one time.
Do you need my address? That’s too many buttons for one person !!
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Old 10-09-2018, 12:31 PM
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Default I love me some buttons !!!!

Buttons are cool . Military!!!! Anything railroad!! Police!!! Presidential!!!!
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Old 10-09-2018, 12:36 PM
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An explanation that sounds about right

Look at soldiers photos . The jackets worn in the field were usually only buttoned with one button. Too many buttons to be buttoning all those when you didn't have too. All that bending and moving put a lot a pressure on that one button .remember too thread was nothing like it is today. Soon as it got wet it started to fall apart. It was just a button to them no big deal if they popped off , they'd just sew on another. Then there was disease, lice, mold on uniforms they threw a lot away
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Old 10-09-2018, 05:31 PM
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The technology of the time left some rough spots on the shanks, and the thread used to hold the button on was cotton. Walking would cause the buttons to bounce up and down cutting the string. At least that is the way it was always told to me.
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Old 10-09-2018, 10:32 PM
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I think they just despised buttons and tossed them out the front doors like chicken feed.

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Old 10-18-2018, 11:58 AM
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Default Yes, they popped off a lot

Originally Posted by freddyttt View post
Seems we find a lot of old buttons. my question is, why ??

are they dropped and lost ??
or-

do they just fall off ??

curious and thanks...
I'm a reenactor. It seems like every reenactment, I lose at least two buttons off my Civil War uniforms. When I do Seminole Wars, with a jacket with a lot more smaller buttons, I lose even more, like 4 or 5 a reenactment. And keep in mind that earlier (18th and 17th century) uniforms had a LOT of buttons.
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