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QUESTION: Hi Michael,

   I just got back from a trip with my family traveling the Oregon Trail.  We stopped at Fort Laramie in Wyoming and while I was looking for rocks to collect, I came across a button that looks like it could be off of a 1800's Army jacket.  If I sent you pictures of the front and back could you give me your thoughts?

ANSWER: Sure I should be able to tell you with a relative certainty if I had pictures.

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QUESTION: I have attached the photos.  Thank you for your help. Could you also let me know if there is any value in the button?

Answer
Hello, it is a Civil War era General Service coat button. Adopted in 1854 and discontinued post Civil War, 1865. Dug buttons do have some value to collectors, usually a few dollars for the more common ones like yours. Its the location that usually adds the values.

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Michael O'Reagan

Expertise

I can Identify unit insignia, patches, pins, medals, weapons and accessories from US and other countries and eras to Revolutionary War to current.

Experience

I have been a military dealer and appraiser for 15 years in Massachusetts.

Organizations
DAV, IAFF, NRA

Publications
none

Education/Credentials
Self studied novice in all areas of history, firearms, foreign language. Professional Fire Fighter

Awards and Honors
none but I pat myself on the back quite frequently.

Past/Present Clients
All clients are confidential although I work with many antique dealers across the country, have an established eBay business for 15 years, participate in militaria shows from Louisville to Maine.

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