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 Posted: Mon Sep 4th, 2017 12:55 pm
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It is my understanding that the term "Dandy button" originated in Britain, and derived its name from the large fancy buttons found on the extravagant coats of the poshly attired gentlemen known as  the "Dandies" during the mid-late 1700's.

Generally speaking, a "dandy button" would measure roughly 30mm or larger in diameter and date between 1770 and 1795. History shows, however, that these buttons were worn well into the early years of the 19th century. 

Smaller flat buttons, sometimes referred to as "transitional buttons"  are buttons that fall into 18mm -30mm size range and would generally date to the 1795-1805 time frame.

The Big Book of Buttons, by Hughes & Lester, does not use the term Dandy, but simply calls these large flat buttons either Gilt Copper Buttons or just plain Copper Buttons , 1770-1800, while  Waren Tice, in his book Dating Buttons, refers to them as "large, flat copper buttons, ca. 1770-1795."

This dandy of a flat button measure 30.97mm and was found at an early site in Central Virginia.



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 Posted: Tue Sep 5th, 2017 12:35 am
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I was at an antique show this weekend and a guy who does a lot of Metal Detecting all over Europe had some that looked similar. He had a bin of dirty finds to include buttons and coins for a $1 a piece. Maybe I should have got a few....

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That's a neat button Rob and still has the shank intact..

Nice piece of history you shared there... Thanks for that!

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 Posted: Tue Sep 5th, 2017 12:59 pm
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Thanks guys! I guess these are fairly common, but fun to dig. Who knows .. the next one might have an eagle on it (or a chicken as one fellow called it)

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That is a Dandy

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That really is a Dandy! Great display button.

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