What is it??????

We need your help!!  Occasionally our Club members find something that we just can't identify. If you have any knowledge of what this thing is or just  a good guess, please share with us.

New!!!!!! June 14, 2010


All we know is several were dug in the same area.
Any help appreciated!!!

This Eagle head is about the size of a half dollar, flat on the back and appears to have been glued to something.
Any help will be greatly appreciated.

This Belt buckle is at least 30 years old. Any information will be appreciated!!!

This Coat sized button was found in a known civil war site. The only thing know
is that we have been told that the marking are Hebrew. Unfortunately, the back is missing.

This coat Button was given to Kenneth Mayhall many years ago by his father.
The back is blank. Any help in identifying this button will be appreciated

Looks like English/Canadian merchant marine service – WWI or II.

Steve Sciotto

The referenced button is from the Regia Marina, the
Royal Italian Navy (from the time that Italy had a
King, up till 1945).  The wreath MAY indicate that it
is a flag officer's button, but I am not certain about
that.  (That is the practice in the British RN.)

Mike Cassidy, USCGAUX

This unusual lapel pin was dug in the Brice's Crossroads area many years ago about 6" deep.
Any information would be greatly appreciated.


Somewhere in my piles I have a small poster specifically used for this Organization, with a large image on it.
If you would like, I can look for it and scan it and send it on.

You will notice the wheat on each side of the shield.

In March of 1917 the Food Administration was formed.

This symbol was used by the Food Administration, as you can (barely)
see at the bottom of the poster pictured on this page...


(better image here)

"In August 1917, the Congress passed the Food and Fuel Control Act.  In order to help implement this act, the administration and president Woodrow Wilson created the U.S. Food administration later that year.  Operating in each state, this organization was to assure the supply, distribution, and conservation of food during the war, facilitate transportation of the food and prevent hoarding, and maintain the government's power over food by using a licensing system and voluntary agreements.  Herbert Hoover won the job of administrator for the organization, and believed a single administrator should head the effort instead of a board.  He insisted that he accept no salary because taking no pay would give him moral authority he needed to ask the American people to sacrifice and support the war effort. Hoover designed an effort that would appeal to the American sense of volunteerism, calling for sacrifices that would increase food production and decrease food consumption.  Food, he proclaimed, would win the war.  Hoover urged homeowners to sign pledge cards that testified to their efforts to conserve food.  Combining this spirit of self-sacrifice and coercion, he was able to set wheat prices, and buy and distribute wheat.  By 1918 the US was exporting three times as much breadstuffs, meat, and sugar as it had done prior to the war.  The Food Administration's advertising section created posters for outdoor and indoor display, showing the intent of the government to mobilize the food effort during World War I."
John Gingerich

Thanks John for the information.

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The piece that you have on your I.D. page is a trinket that was sold to commemorate the first 100 years of Tennessee statehood. There is a large park in Nashville called Centennial park and it was built to celebrate our first 100 years. On one side of the token is the Tennessee state seal and on the other is one of the many buildings that was built for the celebration. Thousands and thousands people came to the event. None of the original buildings remain- except one- the replica of the famous Parthenon. There is no metal detecting allowed in the park. Hope this helps. Donnie Vaughn

Thanks Donnie

This odd looking bullet is from the Civil War era. It is 54 caliber with a cone cavity.

From Chuck Wood:
Just a guess, is it possible the multiple rings on the 54cal. bullet were carved by
a bored solider from a regular two or three ring bullet??

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may  be  native american  chest  plates.  a  friend  found  apair  that  was  like  this  one

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Some kind of Button, found in Baldwyn Mississippi

From an article in Western & Eastern Treasures magazine, February 1996,
"Once again we hit paydirt. I retrieved a button made of brass, the face of the button bore the image of a three legged eagle and around the rim were the words Es Devs Spes Nostra. Having as a friend a priest who speaks Latin really helped. He later told me that the words in English meant " God Is Our Hope." Further research reveled that the eagle is a Teutonic  eagle. The button may have come of a Hessian soldier, mercenaries used by the British during the Revolutionary War. However, modern "blazer buttons of this type are often found"

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 A Hessian Soldier Button, but say that it could be a modern blazer button reproduction.  Is there a way to tell an original from a reproduction?  I found an identical button, buried about 14 inches deep in an 1800s park alongside what was mud lake in Pontiac, Mich. It differs from the one in your pictures only in the construction of the back.  While the one in you photo appears to have a slot from which a wire loop could have been attached, mine has a substantial loop about 3/32 wide that appears to be an integral part of the back. I'm trying to find out if the button I found is an original or a modern reproduction.
Chuck Williams

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In regards to the ‘ex des spes nostra” buttons, and determining whether it is an original or a modern reproduction, here are my findings.

I came across your website when I was trying to find the meaning of the Latin motto on the buttons of a sweater that I bought just a few years ago at a thrift shop.  The sweater was made in Calgary ca. 1960’s or 70’s so the buttons are almost definitely reproductions. They do not have the type of slot backing that your photo depicts. Instead they have the more substantial loop that forms the back of the button itself. I believe that the photo shows an original, and my sweater buttons (and also Chuck Williams’) are modern.


Cal MacKendrick

We just don't know???????
Found in an area with other Civil War Relics

The item looks very much like the MK VI fuze and detonator from a 3" Stokes mortar.

J. W. V. III
Unexploded Ordnance Specialist

I have one of these , The round front metal section is attached to a wooden bomb shape with tail fins for stability. I guess it’s a smoke bomb for dropping into water. It would float tail up with smoke coming from tail from a hole in tail. Mine is all there exept for the fuel ,that appears to be the long cylindrical part that you have.  Bob Day

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We Believe that it is a Civil War Unit Pin??? Please help us out.

From Chuck Wood:
The heart shaped object appears to be a Heart Martingale from Military Horse Harness??
It would have been incased in leather and attach to the breast strap of the harness.

We know that this is a knife. Any other information would be greatly appreciated.

This is a reproduction Coat Button. We would like to know
about when it was made and for what purpose. the back is not marked.

I believe this to be a coat button from a Civil War veterans reunion.
The UCV stands for United Confederate Veterans.  It would have been made in the early 1900s.
I hope this help you out a little.

This is a United Confederate Veterans button thus the U C V around the rim and it was worn on the
uniforms that the old veterans wore at their reunions and could date from anytime from the 1880 to the 1920's or 30's.
 Hope this helps some.

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