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Royalist button, c.1660-1710
Lead cast button, light grey in appearance. Roughly circular with squared-off scuff mark on outer edge, probably from contact with metal digging or cutting implement. Whilst worn, the face shows the figures of a lion and a unicorn. The reverse has a centrally placed shank and loop which is bent toward flattening. A thick casting seam is visible. The lion and unicorn represent the Royal Arms of the House of Stuart and this button is thought to date to c.1660-1710, and was possibly made to show support by the wearer. Found by metal detecting near Glenhead Farm, Banton.
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