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Re: Latest finds from ante-bellum plantation site
Posted by: Tony N (Michigan)
Date: March 08, 2018 06:50AM
What is the history behind the NC Sunburst?



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Re: Latest finds from ante-bellum plantation site
Posted by: chipper97
Date: March 08, 2018 10:43AM
Tony, I'm definitely no expert on the Sunburst buttons, but here's what I think I know. They were Civil War buttons made for the uniforms of North Carolina soldiers. There were many different varieties because they were made by small independent button makers. Some are relatively crude while others are well made, with silver or gold gilt. The shanks are missing on most dug specimens because they were soldered on independently of the button cast making them relatively weak. There are varieties with 8 or 7 points, usually 8. There are varieties with inner stipling and without and with a larger or smaller circle around NC and many other variations. The rarer types of course are more valuable. There were usually no backmarks. Hope this helps. There are some good sites on-line that have examples of all makes of Civil War buttons and more details on their history.

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Re: Latest finds from ante-bellum plantation site
Posted by: E-Trac-Ohio
Date: March 15, 2018 06:20AM
Killer finds - congrats !



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Re: Latest finds from ante-bellum plantation site
Posted by: chipper97
Date: March 15, 2018 08:27PM
Many thanks ETO! I'll be posting some more finds shorly. Nothing as nice as the half reale unfortunately.

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Re: Latest finds from ante-bellum plantation site
Posted by: Sooper Dave
Date: March 20, 2018 08:18AM
Awesome button and beautiful Real! Way to go guys!

Re: Latest finds from ante-bellum plantation site
Posted by: chipper97
Date: March 20, 2018 09:38PM
Muchas gracias Sooper!

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