Rare W.C. Co. ESSEX Headstamp & Train Button

Found this Rare W.C. Co. ESSEX Headstamp while metal detecting in some woods a couple of weeks back. I decided to try a new section of woods that I have permission to detect, across the street from where I normally hunt a couple of old homesteads. I didn’t find alot of targets, but I was able to sniff out a couple of neat relics.

Circa 1906-1915

W.C. Co. ESSEX Circa 1906-1915

Later I found this Train Button. I believe that it is probably from overalls or some other type of work clothes.


I have seen other train buttons similar to this one, but oddly enough, I haven’t seen another picture of this exact train button making me believe that it is probably an earlier design of the others that I have seen on the internet. A neat find either way!

I also found that Rare HARRS Token awhile back in the same area of woods.

I keep searching for silver there, and so far it has eluded me, but sometimes finding rare relics can be as exciting as finding an old coin. This Essex headstamp is a rare find, considering that the company only had this stamp for around 10 years and maybe even less depending on who you ask. A very small window in the grand scheme of shotshell history.

That’s what it is all about, finding a historical artifact, learning something about that relic’s history that you didn’t already know, and preserving a record of the finds for future generations to enjoy too.

It was a beautiful day, and I enjoyed exploring the woods as my mind got a break from the hustle and bustle of the real world outside of the woods and wildlife. I’ll take an average day metal detecting over a typical work day… any day!

Take care my friends, O

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About Ozarks

I enjoy Metal Detecting in The Ozark Mountains and surrounding areas where I primarily detect for relics and coins. I have tested and used over 20+ metal detectors as a dealer and Company Sponsored 'Pro Staff' Product Tester. Previously Senior Editor of Detecting365 Metal Detecting Magazine for 7 years. I have authored over 200+ articles published on multiple metal detecting websites and magazines. I have real world experience testing metal detectors in the field and enjoy teaching others how to become better metal detectorists. Questions? Shoot me a contact email! Check out my Recommended Metal Detecting Supplies here: http://amazon.com/shop/wedetect
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4 Responses to Rare W.C. Co. ESSEX Headstamp & Train Button

  1. Anonymous says:

    I’ve just found the same button as shown in your article, about 2 hours ago while metal detecting in the woods also. It was among 3 or 4 civil war shots.

    • Ozarks says:

      Very cool, sorry for the late reply… Congrats on your great finds, I’ve seen a couple of these train buttons found, but not many. Neat finds to be sure, thanks for reading my blog.

  2. Todd says:

    I found the exact same train button yet don’t know much about but it. We’re you able to find any information or a time range?

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