Some Old US Military Buttons

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)

military buttons with backmarks of MN and AM©booksandbuttons

military buttons with backmarks of MN and AM©booksandbuttons

 

 

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military button backmark M.N. New York

military button backmark M.N. New York

 

 

 

 

 

 

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”

military button dates to 1891-1900 and is made by Thomas Co ©booksandbuttons

military button dates to 1891-1900 and is made by Thomas Co ©booksandbuttons

 

Backmark of military button marked A Thomas & Co Philadelphia PA ©booksandbuttons

Backmark of military button marked A Thomas & Co Philadelphia PA ©booksandbuttons

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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!

General Service button dated betw 1870 and 1902 ©booksandbuttons

General Service button dated betw 1870 and 1902 ©booksandbuttons

 

military button backmarked Horstman Bros & Co Phila PA ©booksanbuttons

military button backmarked Horstman Bros & Co Phila PA ©booksanbuttons

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

early military button might date from 1870 to 1902 ©booksandbuttons

early military button might date from 1870 to 1902 ©booksandbuttons

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 . . .

Six "Indian Wars" buttons ©booksandbuttons

Six “Indian Wars” buttons ©booksandbuttons

 

Backmarks of "Indian Wars" early buttons: Horstman, Goodwins and Superior Quality©booksandbuttons

Backmarks of “Indian Wars” early buttons: Horstman, Goodwins and Superior Quality©booksandbuttons

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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 . . .

Goodwins backmark

Goodwins backmark

backmark Horstman Bros

backmark Horstman Bros

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Closeups of two of the larger Indian Wars buttons ©booksandbuttons

Closeups of two of the larger Indian Wars buttons by Horstman Bros©booksandbuttons

 

 

 

 

 

 

two small Superior Quality buttons, one by Goodwins ©booksandbuttons

two small Superior Quality buttons, one by Goodwins ©booksandbuttons

 

 

 

 

 

 

and the backs of the Goodwins and Superior Quality littles

and the backs of the Goodwins and Superior Quality littles

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

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from Albert text

from Albert text

from Albert text describing some General Buttons

from Albert text describing some General Buttons

 

 

 

 

 

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–♫

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2 Responses to Some Old US Military Buttons

  1. Buttondeb says:

    Great choice of display backgrounds! 🏅🏅🏅🏅Four star worthy!
    The blue backs of those Goodwin buttons are unusual, aren’t they?
    And now you’ve made me curious about my military buttons, which I’ve tended not to examine because, as you mentioned, of the whole “eagle looking right” thing.

    • booksandbuttons says:

      Ha! you can borrow the Albert book–
      the “blue” backs are really dark brown. oh, well
      thanks for comment, Buttondeb

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