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Military named regiments and RAF
Royal Artillery Post 1795
Officer & O/R's - 1831-1840
Selection of types
Officer & O/R's - 1873-1901
Generic Issue - 2nd Pattern
Officer & O/R's - 1790-1802
Officer & O/R's - 1831-1840
Generic Issue - 2nd Pattern
Officer & O/R's - 1790-1802
?
Generic Issue - 2nd Pattern
Officer & O/R's - 1790-1802
Generic Issue - 2nd Pattern
Officer & O/R's - 1790-1802
Generic Issue - 2nd Pattern
Officer & O/R's - 1790-1802
Royal Horse Artillery
Generic Issue

Officer & O/R's - 1873-1901
Cap bage
 
Royal Horse Artillery
Generic Issue


Officer & O/R's - 1873-1901
 

Royal Artillery button

Dates - 1840 - 1855

Royal Artillery button

O/R's - 1855-1873

Royal Artillery 1860-1912
Charles Jennens
[Prince of WalesPlume]
London

Royal Horse Artillery
Generic Issue


Officer & O/R's - 1873-1901

 

Royal Horse Artillery

1888-1889
Smith & Wright Ltd
180 Brearley Street, Birmingham

1795 Pattern Royal Artillery
1795 Pattern Royal Artillery
Royal Horse Artillery
Generic Issue


Officer & O/R's - 1873-1901

Royal Horse Artillery
Generic Issue


Officer & O/R's - 1873-1901

Generic Issue - 2nd Pattern
Officer & O/R's - 1790-1802
Royal Horse Artillery

1888-1889
Smith & Wright Ltd
180 Brearley Street, Birmingham

1795 Pattern Royal Artillery
Generic Issue - 2nd Pattern
Officer & O/R's - 1790-1802
Royal Horse Artillery
Generic Issue


Officer & O/R's - 1873-1901

Generic Issue - 2nd Pattern
Officer & O/R's - 1790-1802
Generic Issue - 2nd Pattern
Officer & O/R's - 1790-1802

Royal Artillery button

Dates - 1840 - 1855

Generic Issue - 2nd Pattern
Officer & O/R's - 1790-1802
Generic Issue - 2nd Pattern
Officer & O/R's - 1790-1802
Royal Horse Artillery
Generic Issue

Officer & O/R's - 1873-1901
1790 Royal artillery button 1790 Royal artillery button

Royal Horse Artillery

1888-1889
Smith & Wright Ltd
180 Brearley Street, Birmingham

1790 Royal artillery button 1790 Royal artillery button
1790 Royal artillery button 1790 Royal artillery button 18thC Royal artillery button 18thC Royal artillery button
18thC Royal artillery button 18thC Royal artillery buttons 18thC Royal artillery buttons
18thC Royal Artillery button 18thc Royal artillery button 18thC Royal artillery button 1785 Royal Artillery button
Royal Horse Artillery
Generic Issue

Officer & O/R's - 1873-1901
18thc Royal artillery button 18thc Royal artillery button 18thc Royal artillery button
18thc Royal artillery button Victorian Royal Artillery button 18thc Royal artillery button 18thc Royal artillery button
18thc Royal artillery button 18thc Royal artillery button 18thc Royal artillery button WWII Royal artillery button
18thc Royal artillery button 18thc Royal artillery button 18thc Royal artillery button 18thc Royal artillery button
Victorian Royal Artillery button Victorian Royal Artillery button 18thc Royal artillery button 18thc Royal artillery button
18thc Royal artillery button 18thc Royal artillery button WWII Royal artillery button 18thc Royal artillery button
18thc Royal artillery button 18thc Royal artillery button WWII Royal Regiment of Artillery button 18thc Royal artillery button
18thc Royal artillery button 18thc Royal artillery button 18thc Royal artillery button 18thc Royal artillery button

Royal Artillery button

Dates - 1840 - 1855

18thc Royal artillery button 18thc Royal artillery button 18thc Royal artillery button
 
Royal Horse Artillery
Generic Issue


Officer & O/R's - 1873-1901

Royal Artillery button

Dates - 1840 - 1855

18thc Royal artillery button  
General Service & Named Regiments
General service button 1902-1952
General service button 1902-1952
Royal Corps Of Signals (with Lettering) - 1920-1947
General service button 1902-1952
General service button 1902-1952
General service button 1902-1952
General service button 1902-1952
Licestershire Regiment button
"... Corps of Loyal Colchester Volunteers," raised in consequence of the fears of invasion by Napoleon in July, 1803. The total amount raised by this subscription was 1,392 ". A rare button indeed

Army Ordnance Corp button

Ordeance ?

Royal Welsh Fusiliers button 1881- 1920
1855 on - Coldstream guards button
Royal Signals Regiment button 1921-46
7th Dragoon Guards (Princess Royal's), 1855-1922
Gloucestershire Regiment George the Sixth 1936-1952

Royal Engineers

Officer & O/R's - 1937-1952

The Royal Fusiliers (City of London Regiment), 1881-1961
Army Cadet Force
Volunteers army button
Royal Engineers button
Essex Regiment button
Welsh Regiment/Welch Fusiliers/Earl of Chesters Yeomanry, Needs research
Northamptonshire Regiment
Volunteer Engineer button
Bedfordshire button
1876-1894
Jelialabad button for the Essex regiment
WWII Irish regiment
Early one piece Dragoon Guards button
Bedfordshire - Hertfordshire button

Royal Engineer Department

Officer & O/R's - 1837-1855

Coldstream Guards

Officer - 1800-1820

Royal Engineers button

Royal Engineer Department

Officer & O/R's - 1837-1855

Coldstream Guards

Officer - 1855-
The Dorsetshire Regiment

Grenadier Guards

Officer - 1820-1829

Volunteer Engineer button

Grenadier Guards

Officer - 1820-1829

The Kings (Shropshire Light infantry)
The Queen's (Royal West Surrey Reg't
Republic of Ireland Army 1920
Republic of Ireland Army 1920 - Officers button
Republic of Ireland Army 1920
WWI Machine gun corp - 1915-1922
7th Queen's Own
Hussars
Officer - 1861-1866
Coldstream Guards

The Royal Staffordshire Reg

1881

16th Corps Suffolk Rifle Volunteers

General service button 1902-1952
RCI which is Royal Chelsea Infirmary.

Military Police
WWI Machine gun corp - 1915-1922 lapel button

Coldstream Guards

Officer - 1800-1820

George VI Royal Engineers button
Colchester Volunteers button
WWII Royal Army service corp

17th lancers 1870-1922 or 17th/21st from 1922 to 1992. Backmarks may date this to pre/post 1922

1920's Irish Army
The Kings (Shropshire Light infantry)
French artillery after 1914-18
1920's onwards Irish Army button
1920's onwards Irish Army button

Lancashire fusiliers 1902-1952

 

1920's onwards Irish Army button
Royal Engineer Department


Officer & O/R's - 1837-1855

Staff officers button


Leicester Regiment ? Not in the reference books

Lancashire fusiliers 1902-1952

WWII The Royal Sussex Regiment

WWII 5th Dragoon guards

Firmin London

1839-1849

The Essex Regiment

Back Mark - J Samuel London W1

 

​c1803-1814​

19th Leicestershire 'Volonteers'

Not in the books

 

1881 Grenadier Guards

Smith & Wright
Birmingham

1940-1948
Army Veterinary Service

J R Gaunt & Son Ltd
London

WWII

General service cuff button

Firmin
London

Grenadier Guards ?

1832-1912
Jennens & Co
London

1895-1915

5th Dragoon guards

Firmin & Sons Ltd

London

The Kings Shrophire Light Infantry

Pre 1947

Worcestershire Reg't - 1909 - 1970

"... Corps of Loyal Colchester Volunteers," raised in consequence of the fears of invasion by Napoleon in July, 1803. The total amount raised by this subscription was 1,392 ". A rare button indeed'

Were first raised in 1797 but the 1803 raising was a massive affair

1881- 1956

Manchester Regiment

Essex regiment

1907-1959

Buttons Ltd Birmingham

1855 on

Scotts Guards

WWII Royal Engineers
ROYAL MARINES
This button dates 1923 - 1952
O/R's Tunic Button
Maker = Smith & Wright, B'ham
RMLI & RMA merged in 1923
Womens Royal Army Corps, post 1949
Royal Engineer Department

In use by 1881

Smith & Wright - Birmingham

1888-1889
Royal Army Medical Corp

Smith & Wright Ltd - Birmingham

Derbyshire 15th Volunteers

'Raised - 1860 to 1887 when it was renamed the 1st Vol' Batt'n Sherwood Foresters'.

Unknown maker

W.Fernet Noogth

Derby

Pre 1947 The Kings (Shropshire Light infantry)
?

The Northamptonshire Regiment

1888-1889
Smith & Wright Ltd

Irish Volunteers Reg
Moved

Highly likely to be a 1881 Middlesex regiment (although thius is not definitive)

Royal Corp of transport

Royal Harwich Volunteers button - not in any books from circa1803

Back mark

Treble gilt

5th Dragoon Guards

 

Early 20th C
Firmin & Sons Ltd
London

The Royal Regiment

1840
Smith, Kemp & Wright
Brearley Street, Birmingham

The Dorsetshire Regiment

Mid 20th C
Firmin
London

Grenadier Guards


1832-1912
Jennens & Co
London

15th The Kings Royal Hussars- this type not in ref books

Prince Alberts Own Hussars (11th Hussars)

Royal Ordnance Corp

 

Firmin and Sons London

Early 20th C

20thC Irish Volunteers

P & T

 

Unknown maker - Jackson

30 Gracechurch St London

Not checked ref books yet
Royal Engineer Department

In use by 1881

Smith & Wright - Birmingham

Military button - not checked ref books yet

The Rifle Brigade lead mount

A generic pattern of button worn by some Rifle Volunteer units from their formation in 1859​

Scots Fusilier Guards
( Scots Guards )
Officer - 1856-1877
York & Lancaster Regiment - In use from 1881

Victorian Generic Military HQ Staff Officer

Smith & Wright
Birmingham

1840 -81

Pre 1947 The Kings (Shropshire Light infantry)

Victoria Royal Engineers button

Officer & O/R's - 1856-1901

Ox & bucks Light Infantry 1908-1958

 

Great condition General service Army button - From 1890

Royal Garrison Battalion, 1799-1816

The first Royal Garrison Battalion was a Provincial corps raised in 1779 in North America. The next RGB was raised in 1795 and disbanded in 1802. This was followed by seven battalions raised in 1802 and re-titled Royal Veteran Bns in 1804. Then the 16 Bns of the Royal Army of the Reserve raised in 1803 were, all of which were disbanded 24 Feb 1805; the NCOs and men then then formed three new Garrison Bns.

Tendring Volunteer Cav

Found in the area of Tendring this has been attributed to the Tendring Volunteer Cavalry 1798-1801 and not re-raised in 1803.

Bedfordshire Militia

The Bedford Militia was formed in 1760

Loyal Borough Volunteers 
WWI machine gun corp button

1855 on

Scotts Guards

19thC The Royal Staffordshire Reg
GR Military button sent of for ID - not in books

1839-1849

The Essex Regiment

Back Mark - J Samuel London W1

Welsh Regiment/Welch Fusiliers/Earl of Chesters Yeomanry, Needs research
(Royal Welsh Fusiliers? Unknown pattern of RWF???)
Scots guards button
Military button ? - not checked ref books yet
1890 General Service button
Royal Army Service Corp
Army button ?
GR Army button ?

Victorian Post Office GPO

Georgian, Royal Regiment Of Artillery 1802 1820 Although belived to be worn by RHA until 1855

Victorian Army button ?
Coldstream Guards

Officer - 1855

Welsh Regiment/Welsh Fusiliers/Earl of Chesters Yeomanry, Needs research

The East Essex Militia were formed in 1759 and became the Essex Rifles Militia in 1853 during this period they had five styles of known button
Early petwer miltary button - not found it in the ref books
??
WWII Irish army button

Hon. Artillery Com.

*ch Dien

The Honorable Artillery Company is the oldest regiment in the British Army and the second most senior unit of the Territorial Army.

By 1830 King William ordered that the uniform of the HAC should be based on that of the Grenadier Guards, except that where the Grenadiers wear gold, the HAC were to wear silver.

Sheerness and Chatham Volunteers of 1803-08

Omagh Regiment (Irish Militia)

 
       
19thC Essex regiment button

Kings Royal rifle Corp

1881- 1958

Rare find 19thC Ipswich Loyal Volunteers army button

Napoleonic period Loyal Colchester Volunteers button

​First raised in 1797 and stood down in 1801. Re-raised in 1803 as a much larger affair, they opted to become Local Militia and became the 3rd Essex LM in 1809

17th lancers 1870-1922 or 17th/21st from 1922 to 1992. Backmarks may date this to pre/post 1922

19thC 3rd Essex Militaria button

The 3rd Essex Local Militia were formed in 1809 having opted to become Local Militia having previously served as the Loyal Colchester Volunteers​​​ this is the first of two types known to this unit.

The Linconshire regiment button
Excellent button find - 19thC GR 'Royal Waggon Train'
19thC Kings dragoon guards button

PoW 3rd Dragoon Guards

Unrecorded 5th Dragoon guards button

Description: ​​​Crowned Hannover Horse over V D.G with VESTIGIA NULLA RETRORSUM around. Category:​​ Dragoons​ ​

Type of button: Slightly Convex​​; ​

Metal: Copper Alloy, silver gilded. Backmark: ​​;

Date: ​c1780-1796

Crimera war period

The 5th Dragoons became Princess Charlotte of Wales's Dragoon Guards in 1804.

Most likely to be Guards depot (For household guards division)

Colonels/Brigadiers Button G V

The Royal Highlanders regiment button - Black Watch

London Scottish Volunteers army button

Founded in 1859

Most likely to be Guards depot (For household guards division) 19thC Dragoons guards button WWII Civil defence button Victoria Royal Engineers button
1890 General service army button 19thC VR - Victoria Rex -Dragoon guards button 19thC Victoria Engineer Corp button Excellent button find - 19thC GR 'Royal Waggon Train'

19thC 'Ipswich Light Cavalry' button

The Ipswich Light Cavalry were a 1 Troop unit 1798-1801 that were not re-raised in 1803

19thC Army button Georgian Royal engineers button Tendring Volunteer Cav
Gloucester Militia

Colonels/Brigadiers Button G V

19thC Army button ? WW1 Suffolk Yeomanry Cavalry button
19thC Royal Engineers button - GR

Essex Yeomanry Cavalry

Napoleonic period Loyal Colchester Volunteers button

​First raised in 1797 and stood down in 1801. Re-raised in 1803 as a much larger affair, they opted to become Local Militia and became the 3rd Essex LM in 1809

1881 Royal Cornwall Light Infantry button

Infantry regiment of the British Army from 1881 to 1959. Its lineage is continued today by The Rifles.

Royal Dragoons button 19thC Royal Engineers button Dragoon guards button Royal Engineers button

Royal Colchester Volunteers button - Napoleonic wars

​First raised in 1797 and stood down in 1801. Re-raised in 1803 as a much larger affair, they opted to become Local Militia and became the 3rd Essex LM in 1809

17th lancers 1870-1922 or 17th/21st from 1922 to 1992. Backmarks may date this to pre/post 1922 Victorian Royal Engineers button WWII Royal Engineers button

Victorian ordnance

Military button ? 1869 Royal Commissariat Staff button

1839-1849

The Essex Regiment

Back Mark - J Samuel London W1

19thC Royal Artillery button Victorian Royal Engineers button 19thC Essex regiment button

'St Margarets and St Johns' Vol of Westminster

St Margaret & St John Volunteers, an Assocoiation 1798-1801, a 3 Company unit commanded by Robert, Viscount Belgrave. Re-raised in 1803 as a full battalion 800 strong and based in Westminster.

In your numbered section under 33 you have two buttons there that are actually the East Essex Militia, its two fancy E's rather than 3's. The East Essex Militia were formed in 1759 and became the Essex Rifles Militia in 1853 during this period they had five styles of known button of which this is the fourt, so date wise you can go 1760-1853 or probably for this style c1810

Steve

EN, and the button is to the East Norfolk Militia. Its early but hard to say when, the unit was formed in 1760 and this is the second known type so c1780-1800 is probably about right

An early example to the East Norfolk Militia who were founded in 1758. This is believed to be the second of four types known to this unit​​.

Victoria Royal Engineers button

1881

The Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry button

Customs button

Georgian Royal Engineers button

Crown GR

Victorian Royal Engineers button
Georgian Royal Engineers button Unknown miltary button

1797- 1803 Defense Volunteer Cavalry

Raised in consequence of the fears of invasion by Napoleon in July, 1803.

Similar to Tendring Volunteer Cav

Grenadier Guards Victorian

Victoria Royal Engineers button Victoria Royal Engineers button Rifle regiment button WWI Army Service Corp button
Victoria Royal Engineers button WWII Prince of Wales regiment button

1834 William IV staff button

WWII Tank regiment
Victoria Royal Engineers button

Royal Veterans Battalion – Number unknown

Unknown military button WWII Tank regiment

Unrecorded

Rare find 19thC Harwich Loyal Volunteers army button

Napoleonic period

The Wiltshire Regiment, formed in 1881 under the Childers Reforms by the amalgamation WWI - WWII Queens Own Dorset regiment button

Tendring Volunteer Reserve

Found in the area of Tendring this has been attributed to the Tendring Volunteer Cavalry 1798-1801 and not re-raised in 1803.

Pioneer corps 1901-1952

Je Renais de mes Cendres

8th Regiment

The history of the button starts with Henry Christophe, king of Haiti in 1807. For 12 years prior to Christophe’s kingship, Haitian slaves revolted against their European masters and defeated the English, Spanish and French. In 1802 the French anchored 225 ships in the harbor with 60,000 troops to put down the revolt.

The Haitians were greatly outmanned and out gunned, but defeated the French, and by 1803 the French army was spent. Thomas Jefferson quickly took advantage of Napoleon and a French army in desperate need of cash, and convinced him to sell the Louisiana territory for 15 million dollars. Known as the Louisiana Purchase.

Christophe reigned as king until 1820 when he became ill, and was too weak to put down a coup. He committed suicide that same year. The phoenix was Christophe's coat of arms. All of his troops were outfitted with uniform buttons and buckles with this phoenix design. The numbers at the bottom of the buttons denoted the regiment number. The buttons are numbered 1-30 with 11-13, 15-19 and 21-24 being skipped. One theory is they were skipped intentionally to fool enemies into believing the army was larger than it really was.
19thc Royal Fuseliers button Georgian Royal Enginneres button CH Regiment button ??

19thC Heavy Cavalry regiment button

HC

1st Royal Dragoons 1901-1952

WWII Irish Volunteers regiment button WWI Conservative Club Army button The East Essex Militia were formed in 1759 and became the Essex Rifles Militia in 1853 during this period they had five styles of known button of which this is the fourth, so date wise you can go 1760-1853 or probably for this style c1810
Unknown army button - PR regiment ??
1802- 1816 Royal Veterans Battalion

I RVB

An other ranks version to the 1st RVB of uncertain date the unit served in Portsmouth, Gibraltar, Holland and Harwich where they were disbanded in 1814, reformed the following year they were disbanded in 1816 in Plymouth.

Welsh Regiment/Welch Fusiliers/Earl of Chesters Yeomanry, Needs research

Grenadier Guards ??

Officer - 1820-1829

1855 on

Scots Guards

Regiment
Victorian Engineers button

19thC Essex Regiment button

Crown Essex

WWI Imperial Essex Yeomanry button
Victorian Ipwich button
Ordnance corps button

1809 Surry Militia Officers button

Early spelling of Surrey the county

Originally instituted for home defense, the Militia, continuing the tradition of the feudal levies and later the trained bands, developed into a reserve for the Regular Army. Towards the end of the Napoleonic War, the Local Militia was established to augment the Regular Militia. The 4th and 5th Surrey Local Militia was formed in 1813 and disbanded in 1816.

Royal Harwich Volunteers button - not in any books from circa 1803

Napoleonic period

Unknown Army button Military button ? Military button ?
Military button ? Military button ?

In your numbered section under 33 you have two buttons there that are actually the East Essex Militia, its two fancy E's rather than 3's. The East Essex Militia were formed in 1759 and became the Essex Rifles Militia in 1853 during this period they had five styles of known button of which this is the fourt, so date wise you can go 1760-1853 or probably for this style c1810

Steve

Military button ? Military button ? Military button ?

​c1794-1814 North York Militia​

Crowned Yorkshire Rose with 'North' and 'York' either side

In 1763 various local battalions were amalgamated​ to form the North Riding Militia through various name changes they eventually form the 4th Battalion of the Yorkshire Regt.

Air force
Heavily gilded Royal airforce button
GVI R2540 Royal airforce button
GVI R2540 Royal Air
WWII Royal air force
WWII RAF button
Air training corp
WWII Royal air force
WWII Royal air force
WWII Royal air force
WWII Royal air force
WWII Royal air force
WWII Royal air force
WWII Royal air force
WWII Royal air force

WWII Royal air force

BM

20thC Cheney
B’ham

WWII Royal air force

Turner & Sons

Birmingham

Royal Air Force

1907-1959

Buttons Ltd Birmingham

Royal Air Force

Mid 20th C
Firmin
London

Royal Air Force

Special quality

WWII Royal Air Force

W Twigg & Co Ltd
Birmingham

It's in poor shape but it's a great find , the first 1912 -18 Royal Flying Corp button found here - Pre Royal Air force
WWII Royal air force
WWII Royal air force
Air training corp
WWII Royal airforce button
WWII Royal air force WWII RAF button WWII RAF button
WWII Royal air force Air training corp button

WWII RAF button

WWII RAF button
 
WWII Royal air force Air training corp buttons