I found this quarter sized pewter relic at a site occupied since 1850 in west central Mississippi. Now, it may or may not be civil war....But I'm wondering if it might be an old wax letter seal???? Any thoughts?
The raised image appears to either be a ship with 3 masts (flags) blowing in the wind OR it looks like some type of Nordic ship with 3 dragon heads (Hey, I've got an active imagination). Anybody seen anything like this?
Here's the back of the piece.
I did have someone suggest to me that it MIGHT be a cuff link or button attachment of some kind but I don't see an attachment hook of the back. Is it entirely possible that this piece might be ancient and was lost by someone in the 19th century that possessed such an item??