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#1 MarkM

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Posted 26 November 2019 - 03:54 PM

Here are some of the buttons I am trying to identify. They were with some NNC items obtained at an estate sale. The larger brass one is about 7/8" in diameter (Supreme Quality) and the smaller one is only about 9/16" in diameter (Gemsco New York). The gray plastic one (is this Bakelite?) has me stumped. It is about 13/16" in diameter with no markings. I tried to find out more about it but have struck out. Thanks in advance! Mark

 

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#2 David Minton

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Posted 26 November 2019 - 04:11 PM

The gray button is 35 line (7/8”) intended for the working gray dress that was introduced after WWII, 1947 if I recall. This dress replaced the one introduced for WAVES that had a side zipper closure, rather than buttons on the front. I have one of the dresses in my collection, as well as a box of spare buttons.


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#3 MarkM

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Posted 27 November 2019 - 02:19 PM

Thank you David - that's a big help. Have a great Thanksgiving!



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Posted 28 November 2019 - 10:46 AM

The gray button is 35 line (7/8”) intended for the working gray dress that was introduced after WWII, 1947 if I recall. This dress replaced the one introduced for WAVES that had a side zipper closure, rather than buttons on the front. I have one of the dresses in my collection, as well as a box of spare buttons.


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Study: USN WWII Gray Uniforms 1943-1949  Examples in use posted here

 

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#5 MarkM

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Posted 28 November 2019 - 12:45 PM

Thanks Anchor's Aweigh - these buttons look like what I have except these look almost black rather than the fairly light gray that I have? I have looked high and low for similar actual gray buttons and have come up empty. Surely there are some out there? David (above) believes they are from the gray working NNC dress but I've not been able to find any photos that have these large gray buttons. Mark



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Posted 28 November 2019 - 12:47 PM

That's just the flash from my photo, they're the same buttons



#7 MarkM

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Posted 28 November 2019 - 01:43 PM

Great - thanks. After reading the article in your first post it looks the gray uniform was only used between 1943-1949. Would that same time frame also apply to gray dresses worn by the NNC? Sorry for all the questions but I'm just wanting to get my listing right. Thanks again!  




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