A scarce gilt button, two piece construction, fixed shank, back marked Jennens & Co, London. A small demi-ball button at circa 14.5mm in diameter. Gilt bright (minor wear to highpoints), but in very good condition. The cypher on most of these buttons were extremely hard to read so my grateful thanks for Kevin identifying it for me as belonging to an officer of the 17th Foot, later the Leicestershire Regiment.
In the mid 19th Century officers of many regiments wore high quality style buttons on blue frock coats; sometimes referred to as Mufti buttons.
Circa 25mm in diameter, fixed shank, maker marked Jennens & Co London (PoW feathers). Kings Body Guard, Scotland's Royal Company of Archers (RCA) which dates to 1902 - 1912 only (Jennens stopped making buttons in 1912). In fabulous condition (the darkening behind the star and cross is just a reflection - the photo does not do the quality of the gilt justice). A scarce Scottish button.
Circa 27mm in diameter, semi domed with fixed shank to reverse, flat topped QVC crown and crossed lances with VRI monogram to centre. There would only have half a dozen or so mess room orderlies wearing these buttons and they would have been bought using Regimental funds. Minor service wear, gilt bright. Maker marked Firmin & Sons Ld, 108 St Martin's Lane. London. Circa 1897 onwards only, as prior to 1897 the regiment were still designated as Hussars. Scarce button.
Fixed shank but blank reverse. Officer's pattern, but not of particularly high quality although some verdigris to front and polished condition, Circa 19mm in diameter.
Circa 26mm in diameter, fixed shank, blank reverse. Some polishing to detail otherwise in good condition.
Circa 13mm in diameter, fixed shank, a mounted central device so of two part construction, gilt bright, pre 1947. Lovely condition.
A selection of six buttons, condition as per photos.
Circa 19mm in diameter, fixed shank and maker marked Army & Navy Coop Society Ld.
Circa 22mm in diameter, fixed shank, and maker marked Ranken & Co, Calcutta, with crossed lances, unit initials, 'BLC', surmounted by a flat topped Victorian crown.
The 9th Bengal Lancers evolved from Hodson's Horse, an irregular cavalry unit raised by Brevet Major William Hodson during the Indian Mutiny (1857-1859). The 9th Bengal Cavalry was one of three regiments formed from Hodson's Horse. Converting to the lance in 1885, the 9th served in the Sudan campaign (1885-1886) and on the North West Frontier from 1895 to 1898.
A British Army GENERAL SERVICE BUTTON. Circa 25mm in diameter. Made from a type light brown plastic, fixed shank and blank reverse. In good condition.
These buttons came out around late 1942 to save on brass which was needed for munitions. These were commonly found on greatcoats and ATS War Economy jackets and greatcoats.
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