© GOLDEN AGE BUTTONS:  LIVERY - HUMAN

 

The selling list shows buttons identified as belonging to a specific family. It is not practical to list 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. 

 

Alexander. Armoured upright bent arm, holding sword aslant 

Backmarks: “Firmin & Sons, London”

Brass, two-piece convex, raised design, 21 mm. £7.50   

[Sources: FB. p.9 & pl. 2-8 and GS 2-6] [scan]

 

Ashton. “Fide et Virtute” in buckle, around mower holding scythe 

Backmarks: “C. & J. Weldon, London”

Silver plated, two-piece convex, raised design, 16 mm. £6.00 

[Sources: FB p.22 & pl. 126b-4 and F-D p.54] [scan]

 

Aynscomb. Vested upright arm, holding fleur-de-lis 

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

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

[Sources: FB p.27 & FB pl. 95-9] [scan]

 

Bannerman [Type 2]. Demi-knight holding sword, wearing plumes 

Backmarks: “Simpson & Son, 61 South Audley St. London”

Silver plated, two-piece convex, raised design, 23 mm. £6.00  

[Sources: FB p.33 & pl. 23-4 and GS 5-23] [scan]

 

Barnes. Vested arm holding an aslant broken sword

Backmarks: G. & H. Bullivant, Birmingham

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

[Sources: cf. FB p.35 & pl. 44-4] [scan]

 

Barrington [Type 2]. Bust of friar in profile, bearded, with cowl

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

Brass, one-piece low convex, raised design, 25 mm. £7,50

[Sources: FB p.36 & pl. 31-2] [scan]

 

Bastard [Type 2]. Armoured upright bent arm holding sword point downwards

Backmark: “Firmin & Sons Ld.London”

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

[Sources: FB p.38 & pl. 21-4] [scan]

 

Bell. Out of clouds, a bare upright hand with two fingers pointing 

Backmarks: “Firmin & Sons Ld. London”

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

[Sources: FB p.44 & pl.67-6] [scan]

 

Bellew. Armoured upright bent arm, holding dagger, point down 

Backmarks: None

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

[Sources: FB p.45 & pl.120-11] [scan]

 

Buchanan [Type 2]. “Clarior Hinc Honos” above arm holding cornet, wreathed

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

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

[Sources: FB p.82 & pl. 95-11]

 

Burn [Type 1]. “Vincit Veritas” around bare upright hand, holding cross crosslet fitched

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

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

[Sources: FB p.86 & pl. 99-1] [scan]

 

Cameron [Scotland]. “Pro Rege Et Patria” in buckle, around armoured arm holding sword

Backmarks: None

Brass, diamond shaped, 27 mm. X 21 mm. raised design, £7.50 [piper’s button]

[Sources: FB p.93 & pl. 2-8]

 

Cameron [pipers]. “Pro Rege et Patria” in buckle around armoured bent arm holding dagger

Backmarks: none

Silver plated, one-piece diamond-shaped, raised design, 27 mm.x 22 mm. £4.50

[Sources: FB p.93, FB pl. 2-8 and p.577] [no scan]

 

Campbell. “True to the End” around bare upright hand holding scimitar, out of heart, with Order of Thistle 

Backmarks: “Firmin & Sons, London”

Silver plated, two-piece convex, raised design, 20 mm. £6.00  

[Sources: FB p.94 & pl.35-7] [scan]

 

Cathcart. “By Faith We Are Saved”, below bare upright hand holding heart, below crown 

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

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

[Sources: FB p.100 & cf. pl. 59-12] [scan]

 

Dansey. Demi-savage, wreathed around waist, holding slip of myrtle

Backmarks: None

Brass, one-piece low convex, raised design, 16 mm. £6.00

[Sources: FB p. 140 & pl. 35-12] [scan]

 

Delancey. Upright bent armoured arm, ringed, and holding a flag, charged with leopard’s head

Backmarks: “Firmin, London” and two stars

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

[Sources: FB p.145 & pl. 6-5] [scan]

 

Dennestoun. “Adversa Virtute Repello” above bare upright hand, holding shield charged with star 

Backmarks: “Firmin’s, London”

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

[Sources: FB pp.147 & 532 and pl. 21-12] [scan] 

 

Edwards [Type 1]. Man’s head, helmeted, between wings 
Backmarks: “Thomas Tipson, Birmingham”
Brass, one-piece low convex, raised design, 16 mm. £4.50 
[Sources:GS 27-16] [scan]
 

Erskine [Scotland]. Bare upright arm holding a club

Backmarks: “Firmin & Sons Ld., London”

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

[Sources: FB p.171 & pl. 28-6] [scan]

 

Eyre. Leg bent and armoured, with spur

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

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

[Sources: FB p.174 & pl. 81-5 and GS 28-15/16/17] [scan]


Fletcher. “Libertate Extincta Nulla Virtus” around two arms holding bow and arrow

Backmarks: “Bes Quality” and “M.S. & J.D”

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

[Sources: FB p.184 & pl. 51-5]

 

Garrard-Drake. Bare upright bent arm, holding battle-axe 

Backmarks: “Cullerton, 92 Piccadilly, London W.”

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

[Sources: FB p.198 & pl.73-7] [scan]

 

Godbold. Armoured upright bent arm, holding slanting arrow

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

Brass, one-piece low convex, raised design, 16 mm. £3.50   

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

[Sources: FB p.206 & pl.96-6] [scan]

 

Green. ”Virtus Semper Viridis” below vested upright arm, holding chaplet of laurel

Backmarks: “J.Platt & Co. St.Martins Lane”

Brass, one-piece low convex, raised design, 24 mm. £7.50  

[Sources: FB p.215 & cf.pl.86-1] [scan]

 

Grieve. Armoured upright bent arm holding dagger, point downwards

Backmarks: circular rings

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

[Sources: F-D [1899] p.540 & FB p.217] [scan]


Hatfield. Vested upright arm, holding cinquefoils 

Backmarks: “Extra Rich Quality”

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

[Sources: FB p.232 & cf. pl. 78-6 and GS 38-9] [scan]

 

Hawker. Vested upright arm, holding hawk’s lure 

Backmarks: “Firmin & Sons Ld. London”

Silver plated, one-piece low convex, raised design, 15 mm. £3.50 

[Sources: cf. FB p.233 & pl.44-2] [scan]

 

Jenkes. “Decus Recte Peto” below vested upright bent arm holding sword, enfiled with coronet 

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

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

[Sources: FB p.259] [scan]

 

Joliffe [Somerset]. “Tant Que Je Puis” in buckle, around armoured arm holding scimitar

Backmarks: “Doughty & Co. St. Martins Lane”

Brass, two-piece conves, raised design, 23 mm. £7.50

[Sources: FB p.263 & pl. 125-5] [scan]

 

Lees. Bare upright hand, holding a crescent

Backmarks: “Simpson & Son, 63 South Audley St. London”

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

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

[Sources: FB p.285 & pl.38-7] [scan]

 

Littleton. Moor’s head in profile, with band and ear-ring

Backmarks:  “Jennens & Co. London “

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

[Sources: FB p.294 & pl.36-3 and GS 50-2] [scan] 

 

Lyon. Demi-lady holding thistle, wreathed

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

Silver plated, one-piece low convex, raised design, 26 mm. £12.50  

[Sources: FB p.304 & pl.17-11 and GS 51-13]

 

Maclellan. Moor’s head impaled by sword, above “Think On”

Backmarks: “Superior Best Quality”

Brass, one-piece low convex, raised design, 16 mm. £6.00  

[Sources: FB p.312 & pl.27-3] [scan]

 

Marshall [Type 2]. A knight in armour, holding axe and shield 

Backmarks: “Firmins, London”

Brass, two-piece convex, oval shaped, raised design, 16 mm. X 14 mm. £6.00

[Sources: FB p.321 and cf. GS 53-21] [scan]

 

M’Beath. Armoured bent arm holding sword, above ”Conjuncta Virtute Fortuna” 

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

Brass, one-piece flat, engraved design, 20 mm. £7.50

[Sources: FB p.305 & pl.2-8]

 

M’Donagh. Armoured upright bent arm, holding sword, entwined by snake 

Backmarks: “C. & J. Weldon, 130 Cheapside, London”

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

[Sources: FB p.307 & pl. 116-11 and GS 51-19] [scan]

 

Melhuish. Bare upright arm holding pheon 

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

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

[Sources: FB p.328 & cf. pl. 123-12] [scan]

 

Menzies [Type 1]. “Will God I Shall” above savage’s head erased 

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

Silver plated, one-piece low convex, raised design, 25 mm. £12.50

[Sources: FB p.329 & pl. 19-1] [scan]

 

Mercier. Demi-huntsman blowing a horn 

Backmarks: “Special Quality”

Silver plated, two-piece convex, raised design, 25mm. £12.50 

[Sources: FB p.329 & cf.pl.38-8] [scan]

 

Money [Type 2]. Upright vested arm, holding a battle-axe

Backmarks: P.W. Jackson & Co. London

Brass, one-piece low convex, raised design, 16 mm. £3.50

[Sources: FB p.336 & pl. 64-7] [scan]

 

More. Moor’s head couped, in profile, wearing chapeau on head 

Backmarks: None

Brass, one-piece low convex, raised design, 16 mm. £6.00 

[Sources: FB p.339 & cf. pl.36-3] [scan]

 

Nelson. Bare upright cubit arm holding tilting spear

Backmarks: “Jennens & Co. London”

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

[Sources: FB p.349 & pl. 99-8] [scan]

 

Newton [Type 1]. Bare upright bent arm, holding shin bone 

Backmarks: “Best Quality”

Brass, one-piece flat, raised design, 17 mm. £3.50

[Sources: cf. FB p.352] [scan]

 

Newton [Type 2]. A savage kneeling, holding a sword 

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

Silver plated, one-piece low convex, raised design, 25 mm. £12.50

[Sources: FB p.352 & GS 59-13] [scan]

 

Newton [Type 3]. Bare upright bent arm holding bone and escutcheon

Backmarks: “Firmin & Sons Ld. London“

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

[Sources: FB p.352 & pl. 120-1] [scan]

 

Norton. Moor’s head affrontée, couped at shoulders, above “Avi Numerantur Avorum” 
Backmarks: “Firmin & Sons Ld. London”

Blackened and silver plated, two-piece convex, raised design, 24 mm. £12.50 [mourning button]

Blackened and silver plated, two-piece convex, raised design, 16 mm. £6.00 [mourning button]

[Sources: FB p.356 & pl. 23-3] [scan]

Oliver. Vested upright arm holding leaves

Backmarks: “Firmins, London”

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

[Sources: GS pl. 60-24] [scan]


Omond.
Armoured upright bent arm, holding spear, point downwards 

Backmarks: “Firmin & Sons Ld. London”

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

[Sources: FB p.361 & pl.126c-15] [scan]

 

Parkinson. Vested upright arm, holding ostrich feather

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

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

[Sources: FB p. 368 & pl.69-1] [scan]

 

Ramsden. Armoured upright arm, holding fleur-de-lis

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

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

[Sources: FB p.397 & pl.95-9 and GS 66-18] [scan]

 

Rhodes. Bare upright bent arm, holding oak leaves 

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

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

[Sources: FB p.403 & GS 67-14] [scan]

 

Richardson [Type 1]. Armoured upright arm holding broken sword, without cloud 

Backmarks: “Extra Superfine Best Quality”

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

[Sources: FB p.404 & cf. pl. 22-6] [scan]

 

Rivett. Armoured upright arm, holding sword 

Backmarks: “Firmin & Sons Ld. London”

Brass, two-piece convex, raised design, raised design, 24 mm. £4.50  

[Sources: FB p.406 & cf. pl.125-5] [scan]

 

Robertson. Bare upright arm, holding crown 

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

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

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

[Sources: FB p.407 & pl.97-12 and GS 68-16] [scan]

 

Scott [Type 2]. “In Christo Salus” around upright vested arm, out of palisades, holding truncheon 

Backmarks: “Firmin, London”

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

[Sources: FB p.425 & pl. 18-1 and pl. 13-12] [scan]

 

Smith. ”Nil Penna Sed Usus” above bare horizontal hand holding quill

Backmarks: “E.Armfield & Co. Birmingham”

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

[Sources: FB p.439 & pl. 26-13] [scan]

 

Stewart. Bare upright arm, holding heart 

Backmarks: “Pitt & Co. London”

Silver plated, one-piece low convex, raised design, 15 mm. £3.50 

[Sources: FB p.453 & pl.59-12] [scan]


Tate [Sir William Tate]. “Thincke and Thancke” around vested arm, holding pine branch and wheatears 

Backmarks: “Firmins Ld. London”

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

[Sources: BB [1884] p.908] [scan]

 

Taylor. Armoured upright bent arm, holding cross crosslet 

Backmarks: “M.S. & J.D. Best Quality”

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

[Sources: FB p.466 & GS 77-21] [scan]

 

Thompson. Armoured upright bent arm, holding stump of lance 

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

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

[Sources: GS pl. 78-12] [scan]

 

Thomson. Bare horizontal hand, holding cross crosslet fitched 

Backmarks: “Charles Jennens, London” and plumes trademark

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

[Sources: FB p.468 & pl. 78-9 and GS 78-15] [scan]

 

Trafford. Thresher holding flail below “Now Thus”

Backmarks: “Firmin & Sons Ld. 108 St.Martins Lane, London”

Brass, one-piece low convex, raised design, 16 mm. £6.00  

[Sources: FB p.476 & GS 79-21] [scan]

 

Trench. Armoured bent arm holding a sword

Backmarks: “Firmin & Sons, London”

Brass, two-piece convex, raised design, 21 mm. £6.00

[Sources: FB p.477 & pl. 2-8] [scan]

 

Whittingham. Vested upright arm, holding open book 

Backmarks: “Firmin & Sons Ld. London”

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

[Sources: FB p.504 & cf. pl. 82-5 and GS 84-21] [scan]

 

Wigram. Armoured horizontal hand, holding fleur-de-lis 

Backmarks: “Firmin & Sons Ld. London”

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

[Sources: FB p.505 & pl. 46-12] [scan]

 

Wilton. Armoured upright bent arm, holding dagger, pointing upwards 

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

Brass, two-piece convex, raised design, 21 mm. £4.50

[Sources: FB p.510 & pl.21-4] [scan]

 

Wright [Type 2]. Armoured upright bent arm, holding battle-axe 

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

Silver plated, one-piece low convex, raised design, 26 mm. £7.50 

[Sources: FB p.517 & pl.55-3] [scan]