This is an ORIGINAL 1836 ISSUE, REPUBLIC OF TEXAS NAVY BUTTON, with a POSSIBLE mfg. error.
This button has NO dings, dents, or visible scratches, and it retains 100% of its original 24K Gold Gilt finish – like new condition!
This is NOT a “found” or “dug” button. It looks like its been kept in collections – since its still in like new condition.
“J.M.L. & W.H. SCOVILL . WATERBURY . ” (In the outer circle), and “. EXTRA SUPERFINE .*.*.*.” (In the inner circle).SIZE:
The diameter is 23mm. dia., ACCORDING TO MY INEXPENSIVE CALIPER.
We’ve done some research:
1> According to the “TICE BOOK”, the backstamp of the Texas Navy button should read:
(which is only typed, no photo displayed), “. J.M.L. & W.H. SCOVILL. / WATERBURY / EXTRA SUPERFINE .” They also state the button is 21.5 mm dia.
2> In addition, the book “UNIFORM BUTTONS OF THE REPUBLIC OF TEXAS”, by Bob Shelton & Al Luckenbach, also has a photo of the backstamp of a Texas button that reads: “* J.M.L. & W.H. SCOVILL * WATERBURY *” (In the outer circle), and “EXTRA SUPERFINE *’ * “(In the inner circle). (They don’t indicate for certain “which” button it is from ) pp. 58. Also, they have a photo of the front of a 1836 Texas Navy button, with the TYPED CAPTION : ” J.M.L. & W.H. SCOVILL, WATERBURY / EXTRA SUPERFINE. 21.5MM (FIG. 9) on pp.. 42.
But, PLEASE NOTE: In 1836 Scovill ALSO PRODUCED the first issue “1836 STAFF OFFICER BUTTON ” with a backstamp that reads: (Typed) ” J.M.L. & W.H. SCOVILL, WATERBURY / EXTRA SUPERFINE “, 23MM, (FIG. 1) on pp. 24. And, on pp. 25 they state : “Albert’s only candidate for this button is TX5. This button with a rim, is 23mm with a backmark “J.M.L. & W.H. SCOVILL * / WATERBURY / EXTRA SUPERFINE ” (Typed) in coat size.
** 1836 WAS THE “ONLY” YEAR THAT THESE PARTICULAR TWO ARMY AND NAVY BUTTONS WERE PRODUCED.
While I am CERTAINLY NO EXPERT, it seems to me that SCOVILL “may have accidentally” produced a Tx. Navy button, with a 23mm ARMY BUTTON BACK on it. If I am correct, that makes it “ONE OF A KIND – AND EXTREMLY COLLECTIBLE”, by anyone’s standards!!!
Please review the photos and do your own research too!
THESE PHOTOS ARE OF THE ACTUAL BUTTON!
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