I dug this button on an old hunted out site today.  The house that was on this site was destroyed over 50 years ago.  I have dug coins on the site as old as shield nickels.  I dug a CSA uniform button about 100 feet away, as well as various other Civil War period relics.  The location is very close to a spot that saw limited skirmish action in my hometown (the courthouse was burned after Confederate cavalry ran a small contingent of colored Union troops out of the building.)

It appears to me to be a Navy button.  The size is 18mm.  The back mark is “Scoville Mfg Co. – Waterbury.  Any help on identification and date would be appreciated.

12.18.12 Button Front

12.18.12 Button Back

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