In excavated condition missing shank, circa 21.5mm in diameter. Some crud stuck to reverse so unable to see whether there were any maker marks. Some loss of detail and definition to front but the crown, elephant, numeral '74' and battle honour 'Assaye' still very much discernable. Apparently recovered from the wreak of HMS Birkinhead.
A memorial in St Giles' Cathedral, Edinburgh, bears the following inscription:
In memory of Lieut.-Colonel Alexander Seton, Ensign Alex. C. Russell, and forty-eight N.C.O.s and men of the 74th Highlanders who were drowned at the wreck of H.M.S. 'Birkenhead' on the 26th February 1852, off Point Danger, Cape of Good Hope, after all the women and children on board had been safely landed in the ship's boats.
Frederick William IV of Prussia was so impressed by the bravery and discipline of the soldiers that he ordered an account of the incident to be read at the head of every regiment in his army. Queen Victoria ordered the erection of an official Birkenhead monument at the Chelsea Royal Hospital. In 1892, Thomas M. M. Hemy painted a widely admired maritime depiction of the incident, "The wreck of the Birkenhead"
An coatee early pattern without the rim, circa 20mm in diameter with fixed shank, maker marked Jennens & Co London. Gilt a bit dulled and rubbed but detail very sharp. Roman numerals LXXVI below an elephant with houdah and a laurel spray below, surmounted by a Georgian / Victorian Crown and with the battle houours Hindoustan and Peninsula to either side respectively. Circa 1830 - 1855.
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. All I am certain of is it is not the 4th, 5th nor 68th Foot. I have given up on this one, simply a monogram below a Victorian crown.
In the mid 19th Century officers of many regiments wore high quality style buttons on blue frock coats; sometimes referred to as Mufti buttons. Usually found in two sizes 20mm and 13 - 15mm. This is the smaller of the two. Four of similar quality available. Please email if more than this one is required. Any information on identity welcome.
See my item 61224 for an example to the 4th Foot / Kings Own Lancaster Regiment.
Circa 25mm in diameter, fixed shank, maker marked with PoW feathers and Jennens & Co, London. A wonderful button with bright gilt and in tip-top condition. Circa 1855-1872.
A very scarce gilt button, two piece construction, fixed shank, back marked Jennens & Co, London. A small demi-ball button at circa 13mm in diameter. Gilt bright, in extremely good condition. The cypher on most of these buttons were extremely hard to read, but this one is simple with the letters KOR entwined below a Victorian crown.
In the mid 19th Century officers of many regiments wore high quality style buttons on blue frock coats; sometimes referred to as Mufti buttons. Usually found in two sizes 20mm and 13 - 15mm. This is the smaller of the two.
Circa 25mm in diameter, fixed shank, maker marked Firmins & Sons, London. A wonderful button with bright gilt and in tip-top condition. Circa 1855-1872.
Ripley No 150 refers.
Circa 25mm, in good condition with a floating shank with blank reverse.
Sold to Ken
Circa 25mm, in good condition with a fixed shank but of other ranks quality and maker marked Firmin Ltd, London & Birmingham. This mark was used from 1882 and therefor rare to find on this numbered button.
Ripley No 97 refers.
Circa 18mm in diameter, shank present and with an unmarked reverse. Some loss of detail from service wear. Victorian Crown. Worn 1855 - 1881.
Circa 19mm in diameter, fixed shank and maker marked Jenens & Co, London. A scarce earlier pattern KOYLI officer's button, worn 1881 - c1895. Gilt bright and in very good condition.
Ripley 276 refers (the one illustratedby him is also a medium pattern button).
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