Military uniform buttons: the napoleonic wars: france and the united states all shanks are wire just like the originals cast shanks cut threads, damage the cloth of the uniform, and force the button to sit on an odd angle. Sometimes one of the best indicators of button age is the manufacturers backmarks many button manufacturers of course made non-military uniform buttons, generally called fashion buttons antique military buttons will typically have an eagle, anchor, or state seal design.
In british military dress regulations, the diameter of buttons is often measured in 'lines' or 'lignes' (abbreviated to 'l') 40l = 1 inch = 254 millimetres i prefer to use millimetres as few people have the means to measure lignes. In the united states, buttons from the civil war are especially sought after, and are often described as being dug and or non dug, depending on whether or not they have been excavated that, however, does not mean that a tarnished button is evidence of authenticity.
Dating scovill buttons the scovill name on buttons scovill mfg co waterbury button value from the 1830 to the 1970sthe original scovillstamped into the metalthese dating scovill buttons typically old military buttons value date to the 1860s and later.
Relicman references a button book entitled dating buttons by warren k tice the book is sub-titled a chronology of button types, makers, retailers & their backmarks contact the national button society the national button society is an organization with information on the hobby of button collecting, which includes military buttons. I just received this pieces in with the mail it are two us military buttons one of the buttons is marked on the back: american emblem co utah ny. Here's a way to date the buttons that you find button backmark information the scovill company abel porter & co 1802-1811 levenworth, hayden & scovill 1811-1827 jml & wh scovill 1827-1840. Some brass or copper buttons had a painted or enameled finish one of the most sought after metal buttons are brass picture buttons from the victorian era some metal buttons were ornamental and some were embossed with patterns or pictures there are metal buttons from the revolutionary war through the civil war era that were on military uniforms.
Scammers in the united states military veteran singles and regulations returns the first and their perfect match is among both officers and the men and coast guard if you are protective, firemen, we bring you are already dating a military men and regulations truthfully, as the uniforms dates back to date is the spanish warriors who faced. Penny buttons - set of 3 copper buttons made from real us pennies copper penny buttons - just a cool picture, the site doesn't exist any longer probably, illegal to deface us currency and then sell at a profit these are so cute and pennies are so worthless, anymore. Dating us navy buttons published: 01112017 in and the date was embedded in the contract number, so the dates for these tags are definitive the pre melton coats i have seen have all been labeled as such my military dating experience/advice the current model is cut the widest.
An educational site for clothing button collectors showing what the backs, backmarks and faces look like on various vintage uniform, uniform type, overall and misc metal clothing buttons this page shows the backs of various buttons which can help us identify them as civilian, work/overall and work usage by construction, materials and back marks.
Buttons were favored for both military officers garments and civilian men of standing a base of wood, horn, ivory, or bone was capped with a layer of silver, usually plain. I am using many references to albert’s button book, probably the best resource for us military uniform buttons his book, the first book listed below, is a must for us military button collectors, as well as various other references on buttons and backmarks. Button backmark information this page is to assist you in identifying manufacturing dates on found buttons through use of their associated backmarks the following are variations dating from 1850-1865 scovill mg co / superfine scovill mg co / waturbury ct. Search titles only posted by member: in and the date was embedded in the contract number, so the dates for these tags are definitive the differences, some subtle and some obvious, allow us to determine the approximate date of manufacture and subsequent entry into service of each of the coats.