National Button Week! here are a few to ponder. These old military
buttons were all bought from one dealer a couple of years ago. I am
nearly clueless about these, so am relying on the little info tags that
came with each case:
The first batch with three photos are “military buttons” with marks
M.N. from New York and AM Button Co from Newark NJ. (no dates supplied)
Then I have some buttons termed “General Service Buttons” and these
have been dated from 1891 to 1900. The first button I’m showing is on the General Washington Crossing the Delaware postcard and
is backmarked “A Thomas & Co Phila PA”
The next ones are shown on a playing card and early portrait. these are
backmarked by the Horstman Co Philadelphia. There are 3 photos in this group.
The tag says some are from 1870 to 1892, and some are 1893 to 1902. I am
sorry I can’t differentiate them for you. But at the end of this post I’ll give you
a reference that will give you lots of information!
Go ahead and get a Coke and rest a minute before the last batch!
Lastly are buttons from the “Indian Wars”. There are six buttons shown in the
little case—fronts, and backs in second case photo. For some reason, the sky
and universe changed color between taking camera shots of these! So I’ll
pretend I meant to highlight the fronts and backs . . .
These buttons are by Horstman Bros Philadelphia–top left and second row left.
And Goodwin–top right and second row right.
And the two small buttons at the bottom are made by Superior Quality. I have tried to show all the backmarks for you to study. (Study these–there will be a test . . .)
A few more photos of these to finish up . . .
These buttons may all look alike to you and I do know that these are identified as
“eagle looking right”. But to clear up or completely confuse you is a grand book
written in 1977 by Alphaeus S. Albert—the Bible of uniform buttons! Your library will
have it. To tell you the truth—once you start looking through it you might just begin to look for some military buttons on your own! You might!
Just a little warning–after you’ve figured out the “general service” buttons, you can
move on to the states buttons–yep-they all had them–and the different buttons for
the brances of service: artillery,cavalry, dragoons, riflemen, navy, marines . . . and
then learn the backmarks, too. A little respect here to the military button collectors.
I don’t profess to know or understand the huge classifications of military buttons, but I am willing to show you the ones I have!
Thanks for stopping in. Happy button collecting–♫