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Copper alloy button back with a dark black or purple glass inset, flat on the front and beveled at the edge. The copper corrosion of the button back is toxic to microorganisms, which likely explains how some fabric that was in contact with the button survived and is still attached to the button back. The weave is visible, and the fabric is probably linen.

Site: 18CH354 Bateman/Swan Point

Context: Lot 539, Bulk G, Feature 2, Level 10

Context Date Range: c. 1710-1760

Material: Copper alloy and glass

Diameter: 0.46” (11.6 mm)

Link Length: N/A

Description:
Copper alloy button back with a dark black or purple glass inset, flat on the front and beveled at the edge. The copper corrosion of the button back is toxic to microorganisms, which likely explains how some fabric that was in contact with the button survived and is still attached to the button back. The weave is visible, and the fabric is probably linen.