Recording measurements and parts of a button

One of the most common metal detecting finds are buttons, and not just civilians or livery buttons but there is an abundance of early military buttons right through to the general service buttons of the last war littering the fields….
post-97783-0-31804000-1364297026_thumb.jThe general service button was in use from  about 1871 and only a select few regiments stuck to the original buttons that were specific to their regiment…