© GOLDEN AGE BUTTONS:  LIVERY - BIRDS

 

The selling list shows buttons identified as belonging to particular families, but it is not practical to include all the families using that design.  

 

References are made to “Fairbairn’s Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland” (FB), Gwen

Squires  “Livery Buttons” (GS), Fox-Davies [1929] (F-D) and “Debrett’s Peerage” (1881 edition) and others. 

 

BIRDS

Amson. Blackbird on oak sapling

Backmarks: “Sherlock & Co. 15 King St.”

Silver plated, two piece convex, raised design, 16 mm. £4.50

[Sources: FB p.13 & cf. 98-8] [scan]

 

Arkwright. Eagle with wings addorsed; with escutcheon charged with hank in beak

Backmarks: “Extra Rich Quality”

Brass, one-piece convex, raised design, 25 mm. £7.50  

[Sources: FB p.19 & pl.67-4 and GS 3-13] [scan] 

 

Brown. Eagle displayed, wings extended upwards, without charges 

Backmarks: “G.& H.Bullivant, Birmingham”

Silver plated, one-piece convex, raised design, 25 mm. £4.50

[Sources: FB p.78 & pl.48-11 and GS 13-5] [scan]

 

Campbell. Stork statant between trefoils, holding thistle, above “Vix ea Nostra Voca” 

Backmarks: “Armfield & Co. Birmingham”

Silver plated, one-piece convex, raised design,16 mm. £4.50 

[Sources: FB p.94 & p. 598 and pl. 33-9] [scan]

 

Carey. Swan statant and alarmed, wings addorsed 

Backmarks: “Firmin & Sons Ld. 47 Warwick St. Regent St. London”

Brass, one-piece low convex, raised design, 25mm. £7.50

[Sources: FB p.96 & pl.46-5 and GS 16-20] [scan]


Cheales.
Eagle’s head erased and ducally crowned 

Backmarks: “Firmin & Sons Ld. London”

Brass, one piece low convex, raised design, 16 mm. £4.50

[Sources: FB p.105 & cf. pl. 20-7] [scan]

 

Chichester. Stork statant, wings addorsed, with snake in beak 

Backmarks: “Warranted Standard” with QVC

Silver plated, one-piece flat, raised design, 16 mm. £4.50  

[Sources: FB p.106 & pl. 59-11] [scan]

 

Clay. Pair of wings, charged with trefoils

Backmarks: “C.Reeves, 8 Air St. London”

Silver plated, two-piece convex, raised design, 24 mm. £7.50

[Sources: FB p.110 & pl. 39-12] [scan]

 

Cracroft. Stork supporting battle axe 

Backmarks: “Firmin & Sons Ld. London”

Silver plated, one-piece low convex, raised design,16 mm. £4.50 

[Sources: FB p.128 & cf. pl.61-10 and GS 21-11] [scan]

 

Davers. A jay’s head, holding ring in beak 

Backmarks: “Boggett & Reynolds, St. Martins Lane, London”

Brass, one-piece convex, raised design, 25 mm. £12.50

[Sources: FB p.141 & cf. pl. 33-11] [scan]


De Montmorency. Peacock in display, charged with small shield 

Backmarks: “Geo.Turner & Son, 56 St.Martins Lane, London”

Silver plated, one-piece convex, raised design, 24 mm. £7.50

[Sources: FB p.146 & pl.92-11] [scan]

 

Dopping. Demi-eagle displayed, above shield of Ulster 

Backmarks: “Firmin & Sons, 153 Strand, London”

Silver plated, one-piece convex, raised design, 25 mm. £7.50

[Sources: FB p.154 & pl. 22-11] [scan]

 

Fairholm [Scotland]. “Nunquam Non Paratus” in buckle, around winged spur

Backmarks: “B.Doughty, 103 St.Martins Lane, London”

Silver plated, one-piece convex, raised design, 24 mm. £4.50

[Sources: FB p.175 & FB p.570] [scan]

 

Garshore. “I Renew My Age” around eagle displayed [FB p.198 & pl. 48-11] 

Backmarks: “Extra Quality”, “W” and “London” with three stars

Nickel, one-piece convex, raised design, 26 mm. £7.50 [scan]

 

Gibson. A stork, wings elevated, holding laurel sprig in beak

Backmarks: “E.Armfield & Co. Birmingham”

Brass, one-piece convex, raised design, 25mm. £4.50   

[Sources: FB p.202 & GS 32-14] [scan]

 

Graham [Type 1]. Pair of wings, addorsed and upright 

Backmarks: “Firmin & Sons Ld. St.Martins Lane, London”

Silver plated, one-piece convex, raised design, 25 mm. £4.50

[Sources: FB p.212 & pl.63-12; GS 34-3] [scan]

 

Graham [Type 2]. Eagle preying on stork

Backmarks: “E.Armfield & Co. Birmingham”

Brass, one-piece convex, raised design, 16 mm. £4.50  

[Sources: FB p.212 & pl.17-8] [scan]

 

Greaves. Eagle displayed with oak slip in beak 

Backmarks: “Firmin & Sons Ld. 47 Warwick St. Regent St. London” with reversed “N” errors

Silver plated, one-piece low convex, raised design, 25 mm. £4.50

[Sources: F-D [1905] p.573] [scan]

 

Hale. Heron’s head erased 

Backmarks: “Firmin & Sons Ld. 153 Strand, London”

Silver plated, one-piece convex, raised design, 25 mm. £7.50  

[Sources: FB p.223 & pl. 20-9] [scan]

 

Hall [Type 1]. Crane statant on mount, leg raised holding stone, below “Cura Quietem”

Backmarks: “Firmin’s, London” with “N” errors

Silver plated, one-piece convex, raised design, 16 mm. £4.50

[Sources: FB p.223 & pl. 26-11 and GS 36-9] [scan]

 

Hartley. Martlet holding a cross crosslet fitched in beak

Backmarks: None

White metal, two-piece convex button, raised design, 25 mm. £4.50

[Sources: GS 37-27]

 

Hayne. Eagle on a tortoise

Backmarks: None

Silver plated, two-piece convex, raised design, 16 mm. £7.50

[Sources: FB 102-8 & GS 38-16]

 

Headley. Martlet statant 

Backmarks: “Firmin & Sons Ld. 47 Warwick St. Regent St. London”

Brass, one-piece convex, raised design, 25 mm. £7.50  

[Sources: FB p.235 & pl.111-5 and GS 38-19] [scan]

 

Hodgson [Type 2]. Dove with wings close on olive branch

Backmarks: “Firmin & Sons Ld. 153 Strand, London”

Silver plated, one-piece flat, raised design, 25 mm. £4.50

[Sources: FB p.242 & pl. 48-15 and GS 40-14] [scan] 

 

Kenyon. Dove with olive branch in beak, on a rock 

Backmarks: None

Silver plated, one-piece flat, raised design, 23 mm. £4.50

[Sources: FB p.269 & pl. 85-14] [scan]

 

Labouchere. Heron statant, wings close 

Backmarks: “Edw. Armfield, Birmingham”

Silver plated, one-piece convex, raised design, 24 mm. £7.50  

[Sources: GS 47-9] [scan]

 

Lane. Out of crescent, eagles’ heads addorsed, above “Virtute et Fide” 

Backmarks: “Doughty & Co. 109 St. Martins Lane, London”

Brass, two-piece convex, raised design, 25 mm. £7.50 

[Sources: FB p.279 & pl. 118-12] [scan]

 

Mathew. Stork statant with wings close 

Backmarks: None

Silver plated, one-piece flat, raised design, 16 mm. £3.50

[Sources: FB p.324 & pl. 33-9 and GS 54-6] [scan]

 

Mercer [Type 1]. Heron’s head, holding eel in beak, below “The Grit Poul”

Backmarks: “Charles Jennens, London” and plumes trademark

Brass, one-piece low convex, raised design, 25 mm. £7.50

[Sources: FB p.329 & pl. 41-6 and GS 54-27] [scan]

 

Mercer [Type 2]. Stork’s head erased, holding eel in beak 

Backmarks: “Firmin & Sons Ld. 153 Strand, London”

Brass, one-piece low convex, raised design, 25mm. £7.50 

[Sources: cf. FB p.329 & pl.41-6] [scan]

 

Meux. Wings addorsed, with corded tassels

Backmarks: “Firmin & Sons Ld. 153 Strand, London”

Silver plated, one-piece convex, raised design, 25 mm. £4.50  

[Sources: FB p.330 & pl. 15-10 and GS 55-4] [scan]

Miall. Crane holding branch in beak 

Backmarks: “Armfield’s, Birmingham”

Brass, one-piece convex, raised design, 25 mm. £4.50

[Sources: FB p.331 & pl. 46-9] [scan]

 

Newman. Martlet rising

Backmarks: “Doughty & Co. 109 St. Martins Lane, London”

Silver plated, one-piece convex, raised design, 25 mm. £4.50

[Sources: FB p.352 & cf. pl.107-6] [scan]

 

Nicholl. Cornish chough with wings expanded, on battlements of tower 

Backmarks: “Pitt & Co. 31, Maddox St. London W.”

Silver plated, one-piece low convex, 25 mm. £4.50

[Sources: FB p.353 & pl. 84-3] [scan]

 

O’Carroll. Hawk rising, wings spread, on a sprouting tree stump 

Backmarks: “Jennens & Co. London” with plumes trademark

Brass, two-piece convex, raised design, 25 mm. £4.50

[Sources: FB p.358 & pl. 78-8] [scan]

 

Parker. Demi-cock erased, between wings, without cross 

Backmarks: “Firmins, London”

Silver plated, one-piece low convex, raised design, 16 mm. £4.50

[Sources: FB p.367 & pl.47-3] [scan]

 

Pickard. Eagle’s head erased

Backmarks: “G.& W.Boggett & Co. St.Martins Lane, London”

Brass, one-piece convex, raised design, 25 mm. £4.50

[Sources: FB p.381 & pl.20-7] [scan]

 

Pulleine. A pelican vulning, feeding young in nest 

Backmarks: “P.& S.Firmin, 153 Strand & 13 Conduit St. London”

Silver plated, one-piece convex, raised design, 25 mm. £7.50  

[Sources: FB pl.44-1 & GS 66-6] [scan]

 

Ratcliff. Crane statant 

Backmarks: “Reynolds & Co. 50 St.Martins Lane, London”

Silver plated, one-piece convex, raised design, 25 mm. £7.50  

[Sources: FB pl.111-9] [scan]

 

Rawlinson. Eagle’s head couped 

Backmarks: “Firmin & Sons Ld. 47 Warwick St. Regent St. London” with reversed “N” errors

Brass, one-piece convex, raised design, 28 mm. £9.50    

[Sources: FB p.399 & pl.100-10] [coachman’s button] [scan]

 

Ray [Type 2]. Ostrich passant, with horseshoe in beak 

Backmarks: “C.& J.Weldon, London”

Brass, one-piece convex, raised design, 27 mm. £12.50 [coachman’s button]

[Sources: FB p.399 & pl.16-2 and GS 66-30] [scan]

 

Reynold. Eagle statant, wings close 

Backmarks: “J. Tipson & Co. Birmingham”

Silver plated, one-piece convex, raised design, 25 mm. £4.50   

[Sources: FB p.402 & pl. 7-11] [scan]

 

Sadler. Demi-eagle, with wings elevated 

Backmarks: “Sherlock & Co. 15 King Street, Covent Garden”

Silver plated, one-piece convex, raised design, 25 mm. £4.50

[Sources: FB p.417 & pl. 81-10] [scan]

 

Sankey. Ostrich’s head, couped and erect

Backmarks: “Bell & Miller, 7 Motcomb St. London”

Brass, two-piece convex, raised design, 25mm. £4.50 

[Sources: FB p.420 & pl.100-5] [scan]

 

Scott. Between eagle’s wings, an étoile above a crescent 

Backmarks: “G. & H. Bullivant, Birmingham”

Silver plated, one-piece convex, raised design, 25 mm. £4.50  

[Sources: FB p.425 & pl. 31-11] [scan]

 

Smith. Five ostrich feathers 

Backmarks: “Firmin & Sons Ld. 153 Strand, London”

Silver plated, one-piece low convex, raised design, 25 mm. £4.50

[Sources: FB p.439 & pl. 12-9 and GS 72-30] [scan]

 

Smyth. Dove regardant, olive branch in beak 

Backmarks: “Firmin & Sons, 153 Strand & 13 Conduit St. London”

Brass, one-piece convex, raised design, 25 mm. £4.50 [

[Sources: FB p.441 & pl.77-2] [scan]

 

Straton. Falcon rising and belled, wings expanded and pointing downwards 

Backmarks: “P.& S.Firmin, 153 Strand & 13 Conduit St. London”

Brass, one-piece convex, raised design, 25 mm. £4.50 

[Sources: FB p.457 & pl.105-4] [scan]

 

Tracy. Between wings, a scallop charged with cross

Backmarks: “Firmin & Sons Ld. St. Martins Lane, London” and “Patent 8905”

Silver plated, one-piece convex, raised design, 25 mm. £4.50

[Sources: cf. FB p.476 & cf. pl. 17-4] [scan]

 

Westhorp. Eagle’s head couped and ermined 

Backmarks: “John Edmonds, London”

Brass, one-piece convex, raised design, 25 mm. £4.50

[Sources: FB p.500 & pl.100-10] [scan]

 

Wood. On a lure, a hawk statant 

Backmarks: “G. & W. Boggett & Co. St.Martins Lane, London”]

Silver plated, one-piece convex, raised design, 25 mm. £7.50

[Sources: GS 86-17 & cf. FB p.514] [scan]