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Post Civil War Eagle button


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This general service Eagle coat button was found on one of my relic sites this past week. The only references I have show a date range of 1875-1920 for the back mark, "Steele & Johnson Mfco. Does anyone else have references that indicate a date prior to 1875?
My thought is that this is indeed a post war button and possibly from an occupation soldier during "Reconstruction" of my County. That was the only time Federal troops would have been here. The "Reconstruction" officially ended in 1872 for Texas. Any info appreciated. This is a rare find for my area. Thanks, Chris


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Sure is a beauty!


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Fine looking button you have there.
My resources state the same date as you have.
I do see STEEL AND JOHNSON backmark 1858-1875
There are Steele & Johnson buttons that date from 1858-1875 but Steele & Johnson Mfg. Co. dates from 1875-1890. Clear as mud isn't it? Steele & Johnson button company was formed in 1858. In 1875 the became Steele & Johnson Mfg. Co.


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Thanks for all the replies. I wonder how hard those dates really are. I just can’t imagine that button being lost here after 1872.