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Two great books.  Be sure to ignore the price values in the Albert's book.  Those were a long time ago.  Also, there are some changes.  One is the button attributed to Transylvania University is actually Norfolk Military Academy considered to be a Confederate button.

 

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2 hours ago, LadyofDoune said:

The button shown is a fashion button copy of a British military button. You can tell by the indistinct artwork, the shank, the lack of a backmark, and the general way it is made.

Thank you! I wasn't able to find it at all!

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21 hours ago, LadyofDoune said:

The button shown is a fashion button copy of a British military button. You can tell by the indistinct artwork, the shank, the lack of a backmark, and the general way it is made.

Concur. It appears to be a fashion copy of The Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders. Attached is my button from that British (Scottish) regiment.

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21 hours ago, mds308 said:

Two great books.  ...

 

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Yes, great books - I use them both VERY often!! But yes, Albert's book is a little out-dated, and a few (very few) errors. 

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Hi again, I found a whole bunch more! I was able to identify about a dozen from WW1. There's a handful that are still eluding me.

 

One is a copper 2 piece with just the number 9. on the front and what I believe is EXTRA FEIN on the back spaced by 2 diamonds.

 

The second is a brass or gold colored single piece with what looks like a suit of armor helmet and chest piece. The back doesn't have a mark, but has an unusual 4 way ring/cage. 

 

The other 4 are all lighter weight 2 piece.

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  • 9 months later...

After looking at collections of US Naval buttons on this site and many typical images elsewhere, I'm no closer to learning the origin of two apparently very old buttons a family member has asked me to investigate.  I find that most buttons connected to the US Navy feature some image of an eagle.  Some may include an anchor, and a few combine both figures.

 

What I've been loaned to research is a large button and a smaller one that both have the same design, a background of two crossed cannon with a typical stylized anchor in the fore.  At the bottom of each are the initials "USED."

 

The buttons appear to be silver, cast as a solid, one piece with a loop attached to the back.  The larger one is quite heavy and a wool jacket with several in place would have been quite cumbersome. 

 

My approach to what seemed to be an online PR source for the Corps of Engineers has not been answered.  So I turned to check this site and found a strong interest in military buttons.  

 

I can, of course, prepare images of the buttons if anyone is interested in pursuing this curious mystery.       

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