Age Of A Silver Button???

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Pete E
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I found this while on a club dig this morning with the Nox.

It's not hallmarked, but I am fairly sure its silver as you can smell rotten eggs if you do the lemon juice/foil test...

What I need help with is an estimate of possible age? I think it's probably 1800's but I am curious what others think...

Thanks in advance,

Peter
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I think they are an earlier version of cuff links if I remember correctly. I found a battered one the same as yours a couple of weeks ago but found a linked pair 15+ years ago. I can’t remember the date they were in use though.
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Thanks Matt,

The reason I thought it a button is because the loop on the back is so fine, and not at all like the rear of the cufflinks I have seen...That said, I am open minded as I have not seen a button with an "open back" like this...

Regardless, possible age is the real question as if it is pre 1721, it would need reporting under the Treasure Act...

Regards,

Peter
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Thanks Easylife,

Looks like Matt was correct! I did look on PAS but was of course searching under "buttons"..

Pleased to see its not thought to be pre 1721 though...

Thanks again to you both!

Regards

Peter...
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Pete E wrote: Sun Oct 10, 2021 9:11 pm Thanks Matt,

The reason I thought it a button is because the loop on the back is so fine, and not at all like the rear of the cufflinks I have seen...That said, I am open minded as I have not seen a button with an "open back" like this...

Regardless, possible age is the real question as if it is pre 1721, it would need reporting under the Treasure Act...

Regards,

Peter
I’ve just taken some pics of the linked pair I found years ago so you can see what they look like.The link had broken so my auntie who makes silver jewellery soldered it back together!
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Thanks Matt,

If I had known all this, I would have spent more time in the area looking for the other half! :(

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Peter.
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If you google Colchester treasure hunting cufflinks there are some examples of this style on there. They seem to suggest they are 18c Royal Navy which is interesting
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mattjb wrote: Sun Oct 10, 2021 9:32 pm If you google Colchester treasure hunting cufflinks there are some examples of this style on there. They seem to suggest they are 18c Royal Navy which is interesting
Absolutely correct :thumbsup: . Surprisingly common finds - but very, very nice ones!
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