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    Posted 2 years ago

    jonny1
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    Found this old metal button in Wyoming in the Centennial mining district. It is steel stamped with triangle holes. It was located at a mine site.

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    Comments

    1. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 2 years ago
      Looks like a "fly" button to me. Maybe lost while trolling. Welcome to CyberAsylum, aka CW. I'm the one you will be warned about. LOL !
    2. jonny1, 2 years ago
      Thanks for the reply Blunder! Any clue how old it is?
    3. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 2 years ago
      Not a clue.
    4. Roycroftbooksfromme1, 2 years ago
      During the gold rush, clothing mattered very much because the clothing of a miner was based on his or her ethnicity. The miner's ethnicity was very important to them. For European miners, they would wear loose fitting trousers or Levis jeans with a loose fitting shirt and strong mining boots. The clothing for Chinese miners would be a traditional working robe.

      In 1848, Levi Strauss created pants made of denim material. He called these “blue jeans”. They were called blue jeans because denim is actually white but natural dyes from plants and flowers made them blue. Strauss thought of the idea when he saw miners working with pants with holes and loose threads. He thought that he needed to create something tougher and sturdier. The jeans he created had large patches at the knees. These patches were there because when miners wore loose trousers, they would get the most tears at the knees. Strauss created jeans that would stand up to a miner’s job and not tear as easily.

      Often a misconception is that all miners wore suspenders. While it is true that a lot of miners wore suspenders, not all did. In fact, more miners wore belts! Wealthier miners wore belts. If you wore suspenders some people would think you were poor. Back then, lots of people were judged by what they wore. When men got dressed for mining, they would wear long sleeves to protect their arms from bees or mosquitoes. But, when the heat from the sun became unbearable lots of miners worked with a sun hat and no shirts.
    5. Roycroftbooksfromme1, 2 years ago
      but the kicker is ...people came from all over the world to work in mine and dig for gold...which mean they wore everything and anything .lol good luck ... night all..smiling
    6. jonny1, 2 years ago
      Thanks for the info Roycroft.
    7. Kollector Kollector, 2 years ago
      I found 2 that were rusty...like those but the holes were round in the San Antonio TX area with a metal detector. That was many years ago. I have lost them along with a button that was in good shape but made from some metal that did not rust.color was grey. The area had many small and large battles around the area. Still hard to find them. The iron ones really set off a detector like something large.
      There is a solution called EVAPORUST.non acid,non toxic,safe on skin and eyes reusable. It really works great....but on a small item that is almost all rust you would have nothing left.
      If you try it only for 15 minutes. Then check... repeat and ..check... if you see some details stop. rinse. well . I have gotten it on my hands and did not stain or burn skin. Harbor freight

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