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treasured_antiquities
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Brass Military Button ID Help

Hoping someone can help id some of these buttons, there are a lot, so any help is greatly appreciated.
Would love to know anything relevant, like branch/division, rank, officer vs enlisted, time period/date, or anything else you may be able to add.

Thanks.

#1: Anchor & Rope in wreath on ridged backing, Dome top shape, 2 piece brass, no marking on back, loose steel loop shank. 7/8" diameter





#2: Spread wing Eagle looking right, clutching arrows & olive branch, "federal shield"(? correct term) on chest & group
of stars overhead on ridged backing, 2 piece brass or copper with brass/copper soldered loop shank. 5/8" diameter
Back marked: The Austin Co.   rovidence, R.I.




#3: Spread wing Eagle on anchor with rope, looking right, 13 stars over head on ridged backing, black bakelite with brass back & shank
no marking, 11/16" diameter




#4: Eureka California, woman with spear, ship in water with mountains in background and miner with pick, wheat sheave?,
2 piece brass with brass soldered loop shank. 5/8" diameter
Back marked: B. Pasquale Co.,   S. Fran., Cal.




#5: Spread wing Eagle on anchor with rope, looking right, 13 stars over head on ridged backing,
2 piece brass or copper with brass/copper soldered loop shank. 29/32" diameter
Back marked: D. Evans & Co.   No. Attleboro Mass.




#6: Spread wing Eagle on anchor with rope, looking right, 13 stars over head on ridged backing,
2 piece brass with brass soldered loop shank. 7/8" diameter
Back marked: Horstmann Bros & Co   Phil.




#7: Spread wing Eagle (long neck) looking right, clutching arrows & olive branch, "federal shield"(? correct term) on chest,
2 piece brass with brass soldered loop shank. 13/16" diameter
Back marked: Horstmann Bros & Co   Phil.




#8: Spread wing Eagle (shorter neck?) looking right, clutching arrows & olive branch, "federal shield"(? correct term) on chest,
2 piece brass with brass soldered loop shank. 5/8" diameter
Back marked: Horstmann   Philadelphia




#9: Spread wing Eagle looking right, clutching arrows & olive branch, "federal shield"(? correct term) on chest,
E Pluribus Unum banner & grouped stars over head.
2 piece brass with brass soldered loop shank. 29/32" diameter
Back marked: C. Kenyon Co.   New York




#10: Spread wing Eagle looking right, clutching arrows & olive branch, "federal shield"(? correct term) on chest,
2 piece brass with brass soldered loop shank. 13/16" diameter
Back marked: M. N.   N. Y. & 6 stars




#11: Partial spread wing Eagle looking left, perched on anchor over cannon balls, ring of 13 stars over ridged backing,
2 piece brass with brass soldered loop shank. 29/32" diameter
Back marked: PANCRAFT in box   QUALITY




#12: Spread wing Eagle looking right, clutching arrows & olive branch, "federal shield"(? correct term) on chest,
2 piece brass with brass soldered loop shank. 25/32" diameter
Back marked: Scovill Mfg Co   Waterbury




#13: Spread wing Eagle looking right, clutching arrows & olive branch, "federal shield"(? correct term) on chest,
E Pluribus Unum banner & grouped stars over head on ridge backing.
2 piece brass with brass soldered loop shank. 1 1/8" diameter
Back marked: Scovill Mf'g Co.   Waterbury




#14: Spread wing Eagle looking right, clutching arrows & olive branch, "federal shield"(? correct term) on chest,
2 piece brass with copper soldered(broken) loop shank. 5/8" diameter
Back marked: Scovill Mfg Co   Waterbury




#15: Partial spread wing Eagle looking left, perched on anchor over cannon balls, ring of 13 stars over ridged backing,
2 piece brass with brass soldered loop shank. 29/32" diameter
Back marked: Superior   Quality with 2 separating stars




#16: Partial spread wing Eagle looking left, perched on anchor over cannon balls, ring of 13 stars over ridged backing,
2 piece brass with raised 4 hole center back. 29/32" diameter
Back marked: Frank Thomas Co. with star




#17: NAVY over anchor with rope
2 piece steel with loose steel shank. No marking, 13/16" diameter




#18: Partial spread wing Eagle looking left, perched on anchor over cannon balls, ring of 13 stars over ridged backing,
2 piece brass with brass soldered loop shank. 23/32" diameter
Back marked: Vanguard Corp   New York




#19: Spread wing Eagle looking left, perched on anchor in wreath, rope rim border over ridged backing,
2 piece brass with brass soldered loop shank. 7/8" diameter
Back marked: Waterbury Button Cp. with star




#20: Anchor with rope over ridged backing,
2 piece brass with brass soldered loop shank. 9/16" diameter
Back marked: Waterbury Button Cp. with star





Thanks again for any help.

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springfld.arsenal
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Brass Military Button ID Help

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Someone here may know but you could also post on the Company of Military Historians board, as a "visitor"

http://gs19.inmotionhosting.com/~milita8/cmh/member/visitor.cgi?form=0
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treasured_antiquities
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thanks for the link spring, I have posted there also.

No knowledgable ones here on Ebay?:smileyindifferent:
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I saw your post there, good job. It might take them a few days, they have many uniform experts who will know about buttons, but I'm not sure how many of them use computers.
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Not one knowledgable button collector on the Historical board?! :_|
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Frank, the question has finally been answered over on the CMH board. I had to offer an incentive but it worked.
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treasured_antiquities
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Thanks for the help there John. I really had given up hope and figured I would have to wait until I could find a better book military buttons.

My library had one book that I was able use to id a couple but that was it.
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Anytime. If a question is uniform-related, that group has a great deal of knowledge.
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I was fortunate to have received answer on the other forum but thought I should add to this. In case some one else can benefit from the information.

Answers received from Dan Binder at THE COMPANY OF MILITARY HISTORIANS forum board.


1. Modern and likely not military or uniform. Probably just a clothing/costume button.
2. US Great Seal Button. WWI period.
3. USMC. WWII or later.
4. California seal. Not military. Early 1900s.
5. USMC. WWI period.
6. USMC. 1880s-1890.
7. General Service "Plain Shield" Eagle button. Circa 1875-90.
8. Same as #7. Circa 1890-1900.
9. US Great Seal Button. WWI-1930 period.
10. Same as #7. Circa 1875-1900.
11. US Navy. WWI period.
12. General Service (Civil War). Rmdc Scovill backmark. Circa late 1850s-1860.
13. US Great Seal button. WWI period.
14. Same as #12 but circa 1854-1870.
15. USN (reversed eagle head). Post-1941.
16. USN. WWI-WWII period.
17. USN. Utility/clothing button. Early 1900s.
18. USN. WWII. See #15.
19. US Coast Guard. Modern.
20. Chief Petty Officer. Late 1800s-1900 period
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Brass Military Button ID Help

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Hey. have to go to dinner now but, want you to know I have the same D. Evans Co. #5 that you listed. I ran across a small group of military buttons and am trying to find out about them. Will keep in touch if I have more matching yours, or find out anything about them.
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I have one of thses buttons with the eagle and was wondering if you have found anything out about these.


Thanks
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If you find out anything on #13 Please let me know. My son found one this pass weekend 10/12/08.
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I have some black hard rubber or plastic button like number 15 or 18 and i cant find any information on them as they have no makers name but a steel shank on the back.i also have some very strange brass buttons that have dots around a recessed edge then laurel leaves that surround a prince albert GUELPHIC CROWN above an american eagle with spread wings looking right looking at the button with a anchor in its claws and there appears to be a shield on the front of the eagle with a cross on it and i would dearly like to know what this brass button is but im not sure how to upload a picture.please email me if you have any idea of this button as its even got the experts stumped .no name on the rear but its a 2 piece brass button with 3 air vent holes in the back and a square button shank to stitch it to the cloth .
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You need to look in Albert's or McGuinn's button books. They both have extensive pictures and descriptive information. They are what I used to identify all the buttons I sold.
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Good luck. I have one just like your no.6 button.
I listed it on ebay to sell and the ad was stopped.
They will not tell me why or what I did wrong.
This is a Federal Marine Corps button Dated between 1859 – 1863
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Sounds like you are listing as the wrong time period.

Ebay has someone doing vetting on military buttons. They have pulled a couple of mine over the years and indicated the reason they were pulled was that they were listed as the wrong time period (off by a decade or two).

I do not know who is doing this for them but they are not always accurate. But Ebay will believe them over the "regular" Ebay seller and you will have to conform or sell elsewhere.
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Thanks for this list and the pictures. I found a No. 9 this summer in my garden, all blue, so I knew it had copper in it, but I had no idea of where it came from or what time frame. Iris
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Click here to see the full picture-calif eureka button
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California State Seal Staff Button. Known as Albert’s CF1, and as CF001 in Warren Tice’s Uniform Buttons of the United States - 1776 - 1865, this is a button from the California State Militia and the only known California button style used during the American Civil War. CF1, which is a general use three piece button, is distinguished from later specimens by Minerva’s staff passing through the E in Eureka. Its size is 22.45 mm, with a “SCOVILL MF’G CO,/WATERBURY.” depressed text backmark between two rings of dots. This button retains all of its original gilt and is in excellent condition with a perfect upright shank.

The button bears emblems from the California state seal, including an image of the goddess Minerva, symbolizing the quick movement of California to the status of statehood, without the usual period of territorial status. Also depicted is the California bear, sheaves of wheat and grapes, representing California’s agricultural interests, and a small schooner and miner portraying industry and commerce. The Greek term “EUREKA” or “I have found it,” rests above the other emblems, possibly alluding to the discovery of California’s beauty and wealth.

The first California militia unit was the First California Guard of San Francisco which was formed around the time California gained statehood in 1850. Militia units gradually evolved into volunteer companies who served in the west and to some degree in the east during the Civil War.

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http://www.cwrelics.com/BNP.htm
TRY THIS SITE? SEE WHAT YOU THINK ABOUT IT
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HI GUESS WHAT I FOUND THIS WEEK IN A JAR OF OLD BUTTONS FROM OUR LOCAL THRIFT SHOP ONE OF THE EUREKA BUTTONS- THATS WHAT KEEPS US COMING BACK,
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