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WAW-7762AA: A Post Medieval Button

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Unique ID: WAW-7762AA

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A complete copper alloy militia button, most likely for the Elmley Lovett Volunteers (ELV), dating to the late Post Medieval to early Modern period (c.AD 1800-1810). The front is convex and depicts a crown over the initials ELV, in low relief. The reverse is concave, with a drawn copper alloy wire loop. There is no legend visible on the back of the button. Both the front and back of the button show signs of gilding.

The Elmley Lovett Volunteers were one of several Worcestershire regiments that were formed to defend the country during the Napoleonic Era. The earliest recorded commission for the ELV was dated 15th September, 1803.  They are referred to as a “weak Company” company having at one point 66 volunteers (Volunteer Reiments of Worcestershire).

The overall dimensions are as follows: 19mm in diameter, 7mm in thickness and 2.8g in weight. 


Volunteer Regiments of Worcestershire (1798 - 1859 - 1914) ( 


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Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
Period from: POST MEDIEVAL
Period to: MODERN
Date from: Circa AD 1800
Date to: Circa AD 1810

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Thickness: 7 mm
Weight: 2.8 g
Diameter: 19 mm

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Friday 21st May 2021

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Materials and construction

Primary material: Copper alloy
Manufacture method: Cast
Completeness: Complete
Surface Treatment: Gilded

Spatial metadata

Region: West Midlands (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Worcestershire (County)
District: Wychavon (District)
Parish or ward: Elmley Lovett (Civil Parish)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: SO8769
Four figure Latitude: 52.31894606
Four figure longitude: -2.1921402
1:25K map: SO8769
1:10K map: SO86NE
Grid reference source: GPS (from the finder)
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 1 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
General landuse: Cultivated land

References cited

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