Tuesday, August 9, 2016

8/9/16 Report - More Old 1715 Fleet Finds Including A Fascinating Gold Ring. More On Old Button.

Written by the treasureguide for the exclusive use of treasurebeachesreport.blogspot.com.

Photo taken by Darrel S.

Here is an interesting ring from a 1715 Fleet wreck.  It was found by Bob C. years ago north of Seagrape Trail after Hurricane Fay.

You can see how this ring was made.  It is not the finest workmanship.  It is basically a strip of rolled gold.  You can see where the ends overlap  The circles appear to be attached.  The edges might have been applied as gold wire.

Despite the lack of expert workmanship, this is a really excellent find.  To me it is all the more charming because it so personal.

Below is an item that was found in the same area as the above ring.

Button (Front and Back) Found by Bob C.
Photos by Darrel S.

It doesn't look like a button to me, but I haven't seen it in person and the back is corroded and covered by a crust.

Thanks to Darrel S. for submitting the information and photos.


I received some great emails concerning the old button I posted yesterday.  Thanks everyone.

Here is picture of some similar buttons.

Source: http://vintagebuttons.net/uniform9.html
Similar types of buttons go back to the Civil War and were used for many years.

If you look at the vintagebuttons.net web site, which I recommend, you'll see not only those shown here but also a variety of others.

The backmark is useful in helping determine age.  As you can see, the ones shown here were made by different manufacturers, including Waterbury and Kenyon.  The one shown yesterday was made by Kenyon, which, if I am correct limits the date to after 1884 or later.

I'm not button expert, so if I got any of this wrong, please let me know.


I took a look at some beaches today but didn't get pictures.

One beach had a broad low front, but the sand was continuing to build on the front beach and in the shallow water.  Another beach looked entirely different.  It had a steep slope on the beach front.

The salvage boats at the Nieves sites were still working to the north, up by the condos.

The surf was calm this morning.  Only about a one foot surf.

No tropical cyclone activity is expected for the next 48 hours.

Happy hunting,