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« on: January 15, 2021, 02:55:59 pm »
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     Both the bracelet links and the Indian Head cent were found the same day in early December 2020.   The button bracelet is made from the tops of brass or gilt uniform buttons that have been removed from their button backings and put on specially designed bracelet links.   
      The button with the star is from the Gulf, Colorado and Santa Fe Railroad.  The G, C & S F was a Texas railroad incorporated in 1873 with Confederate General Braxton Bragg (soon to have his name removed from one of the most renowned US Army installations) as its first engineer.  Construction began on 1 May 1875 in Galveston and reached Arcola, Texas by the 28th of May.  In 1880, the GC&SF became the first daily newspaper train in the US taking of the Galveston News from Galveston to Rosenburg, Texas where the papers where transferred to the Galveston, Harrisburg, and San Antonio railroad for further distribution.  This was necessitated because Houston had placed the Island of Galveston under quarantine due to an epidemic on the island.  In 1886, the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe acquired rights to the GC&SF as part of an on-going struggle between AT&SF and railroads owned by Jay Gould for control of the Texas railroad market.
       The button with the anchor and eagle is a US Navy button dating sometime between the US Civil War (1861-1866) and the Spanish-American War (roughly 1898).   I haven't had time to narrow the date range down much beyond that I would probably have difficulty without the original button backing


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NICE very nice finds BA
 so much history

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« Reply #2 on: January 15, 2021, 07:10:43 pm »
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Good going BA!  Great to hear from you!  Congratulations on your cool finds!   (Are they really going to remove the names of the Confederate officers from the names of many of our beloved forts and posts soon?)

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ArfieBoy, unfortunately it appears that way and it doesn't look like there is anything to stop them.  In this day and age, historic persons are  not only judged by the standards of the current "elite" not by the standards of their day, but they are also judged by their worst behavior/actions/implied thoughts (even when taken out of context) without regard to any amount of good they may have done before or after (especially after).  Seems like once you've run afoul of the masters of rectitude there is nothing you can do to redeem yourself.

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Well put, BA!

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