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Texas star with "CS", Albert TX26
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The original is crude cast. The simple design is easy to copy and popular amongst fakers
cast button, manufactured by Hanover Brass
Button measures 22mm
Editor note: Button was obtained directly from Hanover Brass with the
"You can always tell my cast button by the back. Originals are deep into the back, my buttons are almost flat across the back"
Texas star cast
"WOW........................ UP FOR AUCTION I HAVE A AUTHENTIC CIVIL WAR SOLID CAST CS STARBURST DESIGN CONFEDERATE BUTTON. THIS BUTTON HAS BEEN EXCAVATED NEAR SALTVILLE VA AND IS PART OF A LIFE LONG COLLECTION OF DUG CIVIL WAR RELICS FROM SOUTH CAROLINA AND VIRGINIA THAT I WILL BE OFFERING FOR THE NEXT FEW MONTHS. NICE BUTTON, 22MM IF I MEASURED CORRECTLY. NO BACKMARK, SOLID CAST, NICE SHAPE. PLEASE EMAIL WITHANY AND ALL QUESTIONS, US SHIPPING WILL BE $3.00
Source: ebay auction by vintage_comics_and_collectibles 7/5/06 AUTHENTIC CIVIL WAR CAST CONFEDERATE STARBURST BUTTON Item number: 250002882440
Editor note: This seller sells on ebay auction under "Private Auction" . It is highly doubtful this piece can be shown to be authentic.
This button was submitted to me for evaluation by a collector in Texas who has a positive reputation. This collector believes his button is real, he did take it back, so I am not planning to publish his name. This is one of the question marks and I publish it so as to generate some comments and opinions. At this point I cannot go definitely good or bad with this piece. First it does not seem to match examples known from Hanover Brass, that casting is much more flat on the back and the rim is very wide. Pictures are show item F (tba). However it also does not match another T Miller example that I have retained for my collection, that is much more convex, and the well much deeper than this one. This is a fuzzy casting with poor detail, relative thick rim. So was this made by T Miller as a later variant, could this be a T Miller re-strike, or is it a much later example. The shallow well and thick rim are killers for a number of collectors, and I will admit that at one time I accepted a couple of these buttons made this way. But I have doubts, so I post this item seeking comments and maybe eventual confirmation of its source.
Texas star cast
"Send me an offer. At auction is an original Civil War era CS star solid cast button. Coat size. Excavated near Bean Station, Tennessee. Correct patina. Shank is strong. Winner has a 7 day inspection period.
I will accept certified funds for payment. Money order or cashier check. I will also accept a personal check but must have a short waiting period for the check to clear the account. I am sorry but I do not accept Paypal. Shipping and handling cost is $5 to the USA. Insurance is required and will be calculated at the close of the auction. International bidders are encouraged to bid. I will answer any quesions you may have, just email me. Thanks for your attention and good luck."
Source: ebay auction 10/19/06 by "myoldrelics ( private )": "CONFEDERATE CAST BRASS CS STAR BUTTON INTACT SHANK 100% Authentic Relic Excellent Condition Item number: 130036514011 "
Editor note: This seller sells on ebay auction under "Private Auction". It is highly doubtful this piece can be shown to be authentic.
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