100 FINDS IN 100 DAYS: #8 Early Nashville Duckhead Button

100 FINDS IN 100 DAYS: #8 Early Nashville Duckhead Button

In this series, we have selected 100 metal detecting finds that were extremely difficult to detect and recover, and provide details on the circumstances and techniques that contributed to their successful recovery.

KEEPER:  This is an early Duck Head button.

The Duck Head brand was started by two Confederate brothers in Nashville after the Civil War who were trying to find a way to capitalize on the incredible surplus of canvas materials available after the war, such as the type used for tents.

The material was called by the slang term “Duck” as in “water off a ducks back”.  Since “Duck” is a generic term and couldn’t be copyrighted, the brothers settled on the brand name “Duck Head”.

Prior to finding this, I guess I would have assumed “Duck Head” was a Canadian brand or something.

SITE:  Creek

SITE EVALUATION: 7 of 10  Creek right off a Civil War camp that we had permission to hunt.

PERMISSION:  Farmer told us to have fun!

KEY PRINCIPLES:

Research Everything: I would have guessed this button was 1940s or 1950s.  After some casual research and learning the Nashville connection, I found that this button dated to the 1870s or 1880s and was a much cooler find than I thought due to the story and Civil War connection.

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