October was a very good month as I found some really cool relics.
My grandmother Marie was a huge fan of St. Anthony. And when I say huge, I mean huge in that I discovered a few years ago that somehow I have a second middle name. You guessed it — Anthony! St. Anthony is the patron saint of finding lost things, so it only appropriate that I found St. Anthony! It’s in the form of a double-sided crucifix; the other side features St. Francis of Assisi. This cross will accompany me on my 2014 journeys and I hope it brings me good luck!
In October 2013 I found my first Connecticut copper coin. The United States didn’t start minting coins “nationally” until 1793. Prior to that, some states (colonies) minted their own coinage, which weren’t accepted as currency everywhere. It was up to the proprietors’ discretion. So, you may wonder when looking at this beat up disc how I could determine it’s a Connecticut copper, right? Measurements! It’s the right weight and diameter (of course, there are over 100 varieties of this coin). Plus, I can make out a left facing bust and spikey hair. So some Photoshop forensics helped me seal my conclusion!
I love flat buttons, even if, like this one, there is no design present. Just something about them that appeals to me. And anytime I get an in tact, unflattened shank it’s a bonus!
This General Service Eagle Button has seen better days. Perhaps it was mangled by a lawn mower or other piece of yard equipment. It’s either from the Civil War or Indian Wars… still trying to get a 100% confirmation. Believe it or not, it’s my first eagle button.
This is a button with an ornate R on the face. A few have suggested it’s a Rifleman’s button, perhaps from the Civil War. I’m still doing research to get an absolute ID on it. I will update this post if I find something concrete.