A tiny / small silver gilt washed grenade with stud fixing as worn in place of a button down the front of the white shirt in Mess Dress. As worn by an officer in the Northumberland Fusiliers.
Col D Wood No 497 refers.
25mm in diameter, fixed shank, maker marked Pitt & Co, 31 Maddox Street, London W. Some service wear otherwise and button now mainly back to brass but in good condition. This pattern1904 - 1954.
Col D Wood No 582 refers.
A Royal Navy Captain's Silver Tunic Button as worn from 1757- 1774 (circa 14mm across) and a less well struck Royal Navy Lieutenant's button of the same era (circa 17mm in diameter), the latter most probably excavated. Both with original shanks. Rare.
Not often you find something of such quality surviving from the Seven Years War!
In 1774, the Royal Navy adopted the fouled anchor design for its buttons and dropped the rose motif.
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Circa 26mm in diameter, fixed shank, maker mark Pitt & Co, 31 Maddox Street, London, W. Pre 1952 as King's crown. Circa 1920 - 1952. A lvoely button in very good condition.
Ripley No 563 refers.
Circa 21mm in diameter, fixed shank, open back, no makers mark. Some tarnish to silver plate finish otherwise in good condition. Another available if of interest.
A large (circa 23mm) and medium pattern button (circa 17mm), kings crown above a bugle with L.R.B to the centre. Some wear to plate finish on the highpoints and a touch of verdigris to larger button. Both with fixed shanks and neither is maker marked. Otherwise in good condition and scarce.
Circa 18mm in diameter, fixed shank and maker marked (but not very legible other than for London). Slight blemish to the left of R in RCAF rubbed off, so very good condition.
Circa 26mm in diameter, fixed shank, maker marked C. Smith & Son, 5 New Burlington Street, London to reverse. Gilt very bright and in fabulous condition. A scarce back mark also.
Ripley lists also the gilt version in his book Buttons of the British Army 1855 - 1970 (No 462 refers).
Circa 21.5mm in diameter, fixed shank and maker marked Jennens & Co, London. This is a closed backed coatee button with a scallop rim and a central coronet over "S.G" . In very good condition with no wear to silver plate. Circa 1830 -1854. In 1854 they became a Light Infantry unit (Hayes p327) and adopted the button shown by Ripley as item no 462 (separately listed for sale as both gilt and silver plated versions).
Ripley No 461 refers.
A set of three patterns in matching fire gilt, mounted central devices and all made by Jennens & Co London. Kings Crown, but I understand Jennens stopped making buttons in 1912 so pre WW1. The small cap button with fixed shank, the medium pattern shoulder chain / epaulette button with correct screw fitting and holder and the large pattern with POW feathers and fixed shank to reverse. In stunning condition.
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