Last summer at Auntie Esther’s garage sale, Far Guy got three gifts from his cousins Bonnie and Jay. Family treasures that have been passed down, from one generation to the next. These items all come from his Great Great Grandfather..or in one of those confusing statements..his Fathers (Marvin), Fathers (James), Mothers (Martha Jane), Father (Xaver). Xaver was a tailor in Philadelphia before he settled into life as a farmer in Harrison County Iowa.
The first item on the left is a lunch pail. I wrote about it back in August. The item out front was a mystery item that I wrote about in July..it is a hog scraper. Now for that third little item in the back.
It has a cover that fits quite tightly.. lets look inside.
The note says: This Button Can was Grand Father Aleck. From this note we can date this button can earlier than 1860.
Inside the button can is another mystery.
My Nephew Hunter who lives next door did some research for me: The spent casing is from a Single Shot Winchester or Remington. The 45 is the diameter of the bullet, and the 99 means that in the old black powder rounds it would take 90 grains of black powder. This shell would have been from after 1912.
So we have items from all parts of Xavers life..a lunch pail that was either his or his childrens, a button can from his time as a tailor, and a hog scraper from his time as a farmer.
It is a pretty little button can, with a patina all its own. I wish it had some buttons inside of it instead of an old mystery shell casing and two notes. I can only imagine what a delight it must have been to open it when it was full of buttons…I would have put my hand right in and let the buttons run through my fingers:)