From medieval pewter to modern day tat: Thames mudlark exhibits 40 years of finds

From medieval pewter to modern day tat: Thames mudlark exhibits 40 years of finds

Poljot chronograph Casio AE12 LCA liquid-crystal-analog watch Traditionally, watches have displayed the time in analog form, with a numbered dial upon which are mounted at least a rotating hour hand and a longer, rotating minute hand. Many watches also incorporate a third hand that shows the current second of the current minute. Watches powered by quartz usually have a second hand that snaps every second to the next marker. A truly gliding second hand is achieved with the tri-synchro regulator of Spring Drive watches. All of the hands are normally mechanical, physically rotating on the dial, although a few watches have been produced with “hands” that are simulated by a liquid-crystal display. Analog display of the time is nearly universal in watches sold as jewelry or collectibles, and in these watches, the range of different styles of hands, numbers, and other aspects of the analog dial is very broad. In watches sold for timekeeping, analog display remains very popular, as many people find it easier to read than digital display; but in timekeeping watches the emphasis is on clarity and accurate reading of the time under all conditions clearly marked digits, easily visible hands, large watch faces, etc. They are specifically designed for the left wrist with the stem the knob used for changing the time on the right side of the watch; this makes it easy to change the time without removing the watch from the wrist. This is the case if one is right-handed and the watch is worn on the left wrist as is traditionally done.


Economy issue badges war-time During both World Wars there was a shortage of manpower and metals. As a result, cheaper badges were produced. For WW1 many pre-war bi-metallic badges were made as single-metal all-brass badges. For WW2, badges were made from Bakelite. Soldiers did not like these and would discard them if they could find a better quality pre-war example.

These buttons were found together near Wartrace, TN. One of them is in very good condition but missing the shank, the other is missing the face but has a perfect shank. There is a tiny crack on the edge of the better button which may be a manufacturing flaw.

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Very Rare dated C. A Large 23mm brass button by J. Regt Lovat Scouts R. Nice well made badges.

Button Makers Backmarks

Where do you find this? It looks early 20 th C to me. The symbolism is political, and indicative of some of the far right organisations pre ww2. Quite possibly Italian s The helmet is highly stylized and has the look of the type of kitsche item mass produced in Italy during Mussolinis dictatorship.

The purpose of this gallery is to provide insight for new collectors on how buttons fit in the National Button Society classification system.

CC’s Metals This page features antique metal buttons, vintage metal buttons and modern collectible metal clothing buttons, including various materials mounted in or on metal buttons. To order jot down the page you are on, the item code, description and price, then click my address here: Return to CC’s Buttons, click here. From an original Weeber-stickered “La Mode” B. Mouse-over or click above image to see back view. Antiqued silver look, nicer in person.

Sold individually, store card not included, please copy these images to document this is a real Weeber design. Mouse-over or click above image for back view. Back marked “Sterling Mex. Only polished one, the other 4 are as-found, some toning. Close image of all:

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On 21 March each member of a corps in the Army of the Potomac was assigned a unique insignia to wear on his cap, front or side or left breast so that he could be identified easily on the battlefield. The identification insignia idea was adopted by Maj. Joseph Hooker after he assumed command of the Army of the Potomac, so any soldier could be identified at a distance. Daniel Butterfield, Hooker’s chief of staff, was assigned the task of designing a distinctive shape for each corps badge.

The Laurel wreath is a symbol of Peace, Triumph and Learning. It is to be worn by a person of learning. this symbol has a rich heritage dating back to the Greek Olympics In the SCA it .

Friday, December 8, Fort Hunter: As we prepare our exhibit for the Farm Show in January , the lab archaeologists and ever valued volunteers, have been hard at work processing the artifacts found at Fort Hunter this past field season. As mentioned previously in this blog, a general rule of thumb for the time it will take to fully process artifacts in the lab is approximately seven days of lab work for each day of field work, depending on the quantity and types of artifacts found.

With the help of our volunteers this time is cut down a bit, but it is still a lot of work and a long process. The initial steps for processing any collection in the lab is to organize and record the provenience information from field bags through the preparation of a digital field bag inventory. The field bags are then organized by unit and level allowing for easy processing later on.

View of the field bag inventory Field bags organized by unit and level in bins ready to be laid out for washing. Once this is completed, the artifacts are laid out by bag on trays and the process of cleaning the artifacts through washing, dry brushing, or other conservation techniques begins. As can be seen above, we have already emptied a few bins of field bags and the image below shows some of the artifacts out and ready to be washed.

The Button: A Visual History of the World’s Sexiest Fastening

Georgia Militia Coat Button. GA 11, 21 mm. Rare to find non excavated. GA 4, 23 mm. Nice example with sharp details and very light service wear. GA 5, 24 mm.

YOYOSTORE 50 Black and 50 Silver Tone Metal Press Studs Buttons Card 10MM Snap Closing Fasteners Dress Coat Titch Twitch Sew On Doll Baby Buttons Pewter Craft Rapid.

Players ante into a pot and take turns spinning the top. If it landed P1, P2 or P3, he would lose put 1, 2 or 3 of his chips, respectively, into the pot. By far, the most common rule is for all the players to add one chip to the pot if “O”, “All Put,” etc. Source of pictures of spinners for this page. Also included are many put and takes that I do not own, pictures taken from eBay listings. It is the newest and latest craze to tempt our gambling instinct, and is all the rage all over the country.

Well, you will be surprised to know that it is one of the very oldest games in the world. Pictured above are the most common type of Put and Takes. They were usually small, about an inch high, and made of brass. They can be distinguished from each other in a variety of ways, as is apparent on this page.

Military kit through the ages: from the Battle of Hastings to Helmand

Button was intended for infantry and depicts script with star below in an oval. Infantry Regiment, script I one piece Flat one piece button, foliated I this is period.

Metal buttons are extremely popular and are used for stylish fashion and outerwear. We have them in antique silver, pewter and brass. Glass and resin buttons are featured here too. Size search: Small, Medium, Large. Full page details. enamelled flower button. coiled chain button.

Background The word button has evolved from the French “bouton”, meaning bud or knob. Buttons significantly pre-date button-holes which are believed to have been introduced into Europe from the Middle East and, as such, served an ornamental rather than a practical purpose. In previous eras buttons were sometimes used as a way to convey one’s status in society: It is said that King Hal was also sporting a button-covered tunic that afternoon.

By the early eighteenth century, button making had become an easy way for artisan potters, painters, woodworkers, silversmiths and even textile weavers to supplement their incomes. A few colonists also began to make buttons around this time American-made buttons dating from this era tend to be wood, brass or pewter. German immigrant, Caspar Wister, however, chose to make his buttons from glass while Phineas Pratt a professional maker of piano keys crafted ivory buttons in his Connecticut workshop.

The Birmingham manufacturer Matthew Boulton pioneered the attractive and subsequently fashionable combination of cut steel with blue and white jasperware plaques made by Wedgewood between Eighteenth century buttons were handmade as mechanised button making technologies had not yet been developed. Nineteenth century advances in button manufacturing technologies put an end to the practise of making hand-customised buttons for extra income, and heralded in an age of mass production.

Thousands of identical, factory made buttons subsequently flooded the market in Britain. As labour costs fell and supply was able to meet, and even exceed demand, the price of buttons reduced greatly and soon even the poorest in society were wearing buttons on their clothes. The invention of the sewing machine, followed by the development of synthetic polymers further contributed to the button’s increasing ubiquity.

MDF Metal Detecting

William Plummer Editor’s Note: The preservation of finds is every detectorist’s responsibility. Proper cleaning can be an important part of that process, but whatever the method, it should always be accompanied by appropriate caution. First practice on items of little or no value until you have perfected your technique and are confident that it can be safely employed to good effect on better finds.

Confederate State Buttons; Photo Item # Albert’s Code Description Size Price; cs AB1: NEW Alabama State is a good one! These were even rare in the “Old Days,” and are, now, nearly impossible to locate with all the increased interest in collectible Civil War buttons.

Home From Gauteng, the high plateau grasslands of Mpumalanga stretch eastward for hundreds of kilometres, offering outstanding attractions, specially for those who seek tranquillity. Witbank, the first major town in this region, is the centre of the local coal mining industry, while the Botshabelo Mission Station near Middelburg is a romantic reminder of the days when the African veld was a frontier land.

To the east, the brisk cool highlands around Belfast, Dullstroom, Machadodorp and Lydenburg compromise one of the few remaining natural highveld areas in Mpumalanga and provide well-stocked trout streams and spectacular scenery. The town of Graskop is perched on a spur of the Mauchsberg at an altitude of metres and dates way back to , when Andries Potgieter passed through with the Great Trek in search of greener pastures in the north.

In his memoirs, he mentions leaving the womenfolk in the area now known as Graskop, which means grassy peak, while he went down the escarpment in search of a route to Delagoa Bay, now Maputo. In the ‘s, the Graskop area was a farm owned by Abel Erasmus, an adventurous character involved in hunting, prospecting and imposing law and order in the area.

Wentworth Pewter

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