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 Posted: Mon Dec 4th, 2017 09:49 pm
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Billsie
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I was hunting in Nashville last month and found this "Sporting Button" . It has a Wadhams & Co. backmark, which dates to 1847-1849. My understanding is that this type of button typically showed wild game or hunting scenes of one sort or another: e.g., hounds, hares, pheasants, stags, etc., and 19th century gentlemen hunters often had these on their hunting coats. I dug a number of these in England years ago, where they seem to be more common. This is the first one I've dug in the USA. It looks to me like a rearing elk, with mountains in the background. What do you think?

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Billsie wrote: I was hunting in Nashville last month and found this "Sporting Button" . It has a Wadhams & Co. backmark, which dates to 1847-1849. My understanding is that this type of button typically showed wild game or hunting scenes of one sort or another: e.g., hounds, hares, pheasants, stags, etc., and 19th century gentlemen hunters often had these on their hunting coats. I dug a number of these in England years ago, where they seem to be more common. This is the first one I've dug in the USA. It looks to me like a rearing elk, with mountains in the background. What do you think?
Beautiful sporting button! Your button actually depicts a guanaco, a camelid native to South America. In the Big Book of Butttons by Hughes and Lester,  is described as, " An unusual subject which was also included as part of a Hammond Turner's exotic animal set. This example, however, was made by an American Manufacturer, and is marked "Wadham's & Co. Superfine (1847-1850)"

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Billsie
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Now that is really interesting.  Thanks Rob!

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 Posted: Tue Dec 5th, 2017 10:52 am
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This is an interesting button.....Thanks for sharing

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Beautiful Button...excellent condition.....

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