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18CV271: Patuxent Point

c. 1651 - 1690s

 

 

18CV83: King’s Reach

c. 1689 - 1711

 

 

18CH778: Johnsontown

c. 1670 - 1740

 

   

18ST329: Fly

c. 1650 - 1750

 

   

18CV91: Smith St. Leonard

c. 1711 - 1754

 

Blue faceted glass jewel in a copper alloy setting with a decorative crimped rim. Cast pewter button with an iron link. The motif of six circles around a center circle gives the overall button a flower shape.
Pewter setting fragment with two surviving colorless insets molded with a floral pattern. Solid silver sleeve link without any decoration. Colorless glass sleeve link inset with a claddagh pattern molded into the back.

18QU28: Bennett's Point

c. 1675 - 1765

 

 

18CV60: Angelica Knoll

c. 1650 - 1770

 


18AN39: Saunders Point

c. 1700 - 1790s

 

Cast copper alloy buttons with two hearts topped by a crown. It has been suggested that this motif commemorates a royal wedding (Noël Hume 1961) - click on image to see larger view.
  Cast copper alloy buttons with a pinwheel-like floral motif. The center flower is surrounded by emanating rays and two rings of leaves - click on image to see larger view.  

18WA288: Antietam Furnace

c. 1761 - 1790

 

   

18PR705: Pleasant Prospect Site 1

c. 1730 - 1790s

 

 
 

18APX12: Isolated Find in Annapolis

ca. 1775 - 1800

 

Oval colorless inset with a smooth rounded cabochon top and a back molded with the word “LIBERTY” in reverse so that it would show through the inset.

18ST642: NAVAIR

c. 1750 - 1800s

 

   

18BA282: Banneker

c. 1737 - 1806

 


18BA100: Howard-McHenry Mill

c. 1798 - 1880s

 

 

18PR175: Oxon Hill / Addison Plantation

c. 1687 – 1895

 

Hollow, domed copper alloy buttons with a basket-weave pattern at the center and curved rays emanating from this center motif to the edges. Two holes are present on the back of each button as is common for domed buttons made in two pieces (back and dome) - click on image for larger view. Solid silver sleeve link with a brilliant cut inset that is not made of glass. The lack of decay of the stone suggests that it is colorless quartz which was popularly known in the 17th and 18th centuries as Bristol stone. The cut is slightly asymmetric and the size is small, suggesting likely use as a linked button.

18MO609 Jackson Homestead

c. 1800-1915

 

White metal oval link, possibly silver. There is no evidence of decoration, but the link has been burned and is covered in soot.

18AP52: Gott's Court

c. 1720 - 1930

 

 

 

18WA20: Fort Frederick

c. 1756 - 1930s

 

    

    

 

18ST87: St. Inigoes Manor House at Priest’s Point

c. 1740s - 1942

 

   

18ST704: Charles’ Gift

c. 1675 – 1943

 

 

18FR575: Birely Tannery

c. 1764 - 1960

 


18FR134 Schifferstadt

c. 1756 - Present

 

Oval-shaped sleeve link with a scalloped metal edge surrounding a colorless inset molded on the back with the pattern of a single rose. The back of this button is also decorated with a texture like a basket weave spiraling out from the center.
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Clear glass inset in a plain copper alloy setting. The inset  has a rounded front and flat back, molded with a motif that looks like a flower  in the center of a wreath of dots - click on image to see a larger view. Faceted clear glass inset. Such insets could be used in sleeve buttons or other jewelry - click on image to see a larger view. Silver button with faceted clear glass inset - click on image to see larger view. Faceted green glass inset discolored by patination or decay. Such insets could be used in sleeve buttons or other jewelry - click on image to see larger view. Cufflinks with large green faceted glass insets set in a plain mount - click on image to see larger view. Clear glass inset with a rounded top and flat back. The back is molded with a geometric design that looks like ropes laid out in a cross shape - click on image to see a larger view. Octagonal links with a Tudor rose motif at the center and dots around the rim - click on image to see larger view. Clear conical inset with faceted face. Such insets could be used in sleeve buttons or other jewelry - click on image to see larger view. Clear conical inset with faceted face. Such insets could be used in sleeve buttons or other jewelry - click on image to see larger view. Circular sleeve button that appears plain, but under a microscope shows possible evidence of stamped lettering or decoration. It is not possible to tell whether there was a decoration that has worn off, or whether corrosion is creating an illusion of lettering - click on image for larger view. Clear glass inset with a conical back and faceted front (blurred in the photo) - click on image for larger view. Green glass inset with a rounded top and flat back. The back is molded with a geometric design that looks like a basket-weave pattern (blurred in the photo) - click on image for larger view. Octagonal silver button front with green discoloration on the reverse, indicating that it had probably been mounted on a copper alloy back and shank - click on image for larger view. Clear conical inset with beveled face. Such insets could be used in sleeve buttons or other jewelry - click on image for larger view. Flat shell or mother-of-pearl set into a plain copper alloy setting. The link is relatively short, attached to two hanging shanks that can lay flat against the back of the button - click on image for larger view. Octagonal copper alloy sleeve buttons with decoration in a circle within circles pattern. One shank has worn through - click on image for larger view. Linked copper alloy buttons with the molded pattern of a Mexico City pillar dollar coin. The lettering reads, “UTRAQUE UNUM” and “.M.1769.M.”  - click on image for larger view. Octagonal copper alloy sleeve button with a clover-shaped decoration on its face. The shank break indicates that the link pulled through the loop with great force - click on image for larger view.