© GOLDEN AGE BUTTONS:  LIVERY - HUMAN

 

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

 

HUMAN

 

Alexander. Upright and bent armoured arm, holding dagger

Backmarks: “Treble Gilt Orange Col. Armfield’s, Birmingham” and “A.& S”.

Gilt brass, one-piece low convex, 16 mm. £3.50

 

Ashton (England).“Fide et Virtute” in buckle, around mower holding scythe (FB p.22 & pl. 126b-4 and F-D p.54)

Backmarks: “C. & J. Weldon, London”

Silver plated, two-piece convex, 16 mm. £4.50 (LHUM 183)

 

Aynscomb (Mayfield, Sussex). Vested upright arm, holding fleur-de-lis (FB p.27 & FB pl. 95-9)

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

Silver plated, two-piece convex, 25 mm. £7.50 (LHUM 074) (also Eley FB p.167, Elly FB p.169, Wynn FB p.519 & others)

 

Bannerman (Scotland). Demi-knight holding sword, wearing plumes (FB p.33 & pl. 23-4 and GS 5-23)

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

Silver plated, two-piece convex, 16 mm. £6.00 (LHUM 176) 

 

Bell (Leith, Scotland). Out of clouds, a bare upright hand with two fingers pointing (FB p.44 & pl.67-6)

Backmarks: “Firmin & Sons Ld. London”

Brass, two-piece convex, 25  mm. £7.50 (LHUM 094) (also Boyd FB p.68, Miller FB p.332 and cf. GS 55-15) 

 

Bellew (Ireland). Armoured upright bent arm, holding dagger, point down (FB p.45 & pl.120-11)

Backmarks: None

Silver plated, one-piece convex, 24 mm. £4.50 (LHUM 048) (also Bickerton FB p.51 & others)

 

Burn (Scotland). “Vincit Veritas” around bare upright hand, holding cross crosslet fitched (FB p.86 & pl. 99-1)

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

Brass, one-piece low convex, 16 mm. £4.50 (LHUM 175) 

 

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

 

Campbell [Berwick]. “True To The End” around heart & hand holding scimitar, above medallion  

Backmarks: “Firmin & Sons, London”

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

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

 

Cathcart (Scotland). “By Faith We Are Saved”, below bare upright hand holding heart, below crown (FB p.100 & cf. pl. 59-12)

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

Brass, two-piece convex, 25 mm. £7.50 (LHUM 171)

 

Dennestoun, Lord (Scotland). “Adversa Virtute Repello” around bare upright hand, holding shield charged with star (FB pp.147 & 532 and pl. 21-12) Backmarks: “Firmin’s, London”

Silver plated, one-piece low convex, 16 mm. £3.50 (LHUM 184)

 

Eyre (England). Leg bent and armoured, with spur (FB p.174 & pl. 81-5 and GS 28-15/16/17)

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

Brass, one-piece low convex, 25 mm. £4.50 (LHUM 170)  

Brass, one-piece low convex, 16 mm. £2.50   

 

Garrard-Drake (Hertfordshire). Bare bent arm holding battle-axe (FB p.198 & pl.73-7)

Backmarks: “Cullerton, 92 Piccadilly, London W”

Silver plated, one-piece low convex, 25 mm. £7.50 (LHUM 014) (also Blondell & others)

 

Godbold (Surrey). Armoured upright bent right arm holding arrow (FB p.206 & pl.96-6)

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

Silver plated, two-piece convex, 25 mm. £7.50 (LHUM 024) (also Carlton FB p.97, Taylor GS 77-16 et al)

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

 

Green (England). ”Virtus Semper Viridis” below vested arm, holding chaplet of laurel (FB p.215 & pl.55-6)

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

Brass, one-piece convex, 24 mm. £4.50 (LHUM 102)

 

Grieve (Scotland). Armoured upright bent arm holding inverted dagger (F-D [1899] p.540 & FB p.217)

Backmarks: Circular band

Silver plated, one-piece convex, 25 mm. £7.50 (LHUM 188)


Hatfield. Vested upright arm, holding cinquefoil 

Backmarks: “Extra Rich Quality”

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

 

Jenkes (Shropshire). “Decus Recte Peto” below vested bent arm holding sword, enfiled with coronet (FB p.259)

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

Brass, one-piece convex, 25 mm. £7.50 (LHUM 179)

 

Lees (Ireland). Bare upright arm, holding crescent (FB p.285 & pl.38-7)

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

Silver plated, one-piece low convex, 24 mm. £7.50 (LHUM 019) (also Cathcart, Knows & others)

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

 

Maclellan (Scotland). Moor’s head impaled by sword, above “Think On” (FB p.312 & pl.27-3)

Backmarks: “Superior Best Quality”

Brass, one-piece low convex, 16 mm. £6.00 (LHUM 086) 

 

M’Donagh (Ireland). Armoured upright bent arm, holding sword, entwined by snake (FB p.307 & pl. 116-11 and GS 51-19)

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

Silver plated, one-piece convex, 25 mm. £7.50 (LHUM 162)

 

Melhuish (Somerset). Bare upright arm holding pheon (FB p.328 & cf. pl. 123-12)

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

Silver plated, one-piece convex, 25 mm. £7.50 (LHUM 182)

 

Menzies (Scotland). “Will God I Shall” above savage’s head erased (FB p.329 & pl. 19-1)

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

Silver plated, one-piece convex, 25 mm. £7.50 (LHUM 177)

 

Mercier. Huntsman blowing horn

Backmarks: “Special Quality”

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

 

More (Nottinghamshire). Moor’s head couped, in profile, wearing chapeau on head (FB p.339 & cf. pl.36-3)

Backmarks: None

Brass, one-piece convex, 16 mm. £4.50 (LHUM 100)

 

Nelson (Kent). Bare upright cubit arm holding tilting spear (FB p.349 & pl. 99-8)

Backmarks: “Jennens & Co. London”

Silver plated, one-piece convex, 25 mm. £4.50 (LHUM 186) (also Fitz-Hamon FB p.182, Hamilton FB p.225 & others)

 

Newton (Northumberland). Bare upright bent arm, holding shin bone (cf. FB p.352)

Backmarks: “Best Quality”

Brass, one-piece flat, 16 mm. £4.50 (LHUM 142)

 

Norton (Hants,Yorkshire & Suffolk). Moor’s head affrontée, couped at shoulders, above “Avi Numerantur Avorum”  (FB p.356 & p.535)
Backmarks: “Firmin & Sons Ld. London”

Blackened silver plated, two-piece convex, 24 mm. £7.50 (LHUM 181) 


Omond
 (Scotland). Armoured upright bent arm, holding spear (FB p.361 & pl.126c-15)

Backmarks: “Firmin & Sons Ld. London”

Silver plated, one-piece low convex, 16 mm. £3.50 (LHUM 045)

 

Ramsden (Yorkshire). Armoured upright arm, holding fleur-de-lis (FB p.397 & pl.95-9 and GS 66-18)

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

Silver plated, one-piece low convex, 24 mm. £7.50 (LHUM 058) (also Aynscomb FB p.27 & others)

 

Rhodes (Nottinghamshire & Derbyshire). Bare upright bent arm, holding oak leaves (FB p.403 & GS 67-14)

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

Brass, one-piece convex, 25 mm. £4.50 (LHUM 169)

 

Richardson (Essex). Armoured upright arm holding broken sword (FB p.404 & cf. pl. 22-6)

Backmarks: “Extra Superfine Best Quality”

Silver plated, one-piece low convex, 25 mm. £4.50 (LHUM 185)

 

Rivett (Hampshire). Armoured upright arm, holding sword (FB p.406 & pl.125-5)

Backmarks: “Jennens & Co. London”

Brass, one-piece low convex, 24 mm. £4.50 (LHUM 116) (also Fergus FB p.179, Richardson FB p.404 & others)

 

Robertson (Berwick, Scotland). Bare upright arm, holding royal crown (FB p.407 & pl.97-12 and GS 68-16)

Backmarks: “Firmin & Sons Ld. London”

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

Silver plated, one-piece flat, 16 mm. £4.50 (LHUM 106) (also Cheeseman FB p.105, Glasgow FB p.205 & others)

 

Scott (Essex). “In Christo Salus” around upright vested arm, out of palisade, holding truncheon (FB p.425 & pl. 18-1 and pl. 13-12)

Backmarks: “Firmin, London”

Brass, one-piece convex, 16 mm. £6.00 (LHUM 174)

 

Smith (Scotland). ”Nil Penna Sed Usus” above bare horizontal hand, holding quill (FB p.439 & pl. 26-13)

Backmarks: “E. Armfield & Co. Birmingham”

Silver plated, one-piece low convex, 16 mm. £4.50 (LHUM 092)

 

Stewart (Ireland). Bare upright arm, couped below elbow, holding heart (FB p.453 & pl.59-12)

Backmarks: “Pitt & Co. London”

Silver plated, one-piece low convex, 14.5 mm. £3.50 (LHUM 103) (also Cochran FB p.114, Douglass FB p.155 & others)

 

Tate, Sir William. “Thincke and Thancke” around vested upright bent arm holding pine branch and wheatears (BB [1884] p.908)

Backmarks: “Firmins Ld. London”

Silver plated, one-piece flat, 16 mm. £6.00 (LHUM 192)

 

Tayleur (Shropshire). Out of earl’s coronet, armoured bent arm holding a sword (FB p.465 & GS 77-9)

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

Silver plated, one-piece convex, 24 mm. £12.50 (LCOR 190)

 

Taylor. Armoured upright bent arm, holding cross crosslet (FB p.466 & GS 77-21)

Backmarks: “M.S. & J.D. Best Quality”

Brass, two-piece low convex, 25 mm. £7.50 (LHUM 145)

 

Thomson. Bare horizontal hand, holding cross crosslet fitched (FB p.468 & pl. 78-9 and GS 78-15)

Backmarks: “Charles Jennens, London” and plumes trademark

Brass, one-piece flat, 25 mm. £7.50 (LHUM 167) (also Bloodworth FB p.58, Forrest FB p.187 & others),

 

Trafford (Essex & Lancashire). Thresher holding flail below “Now Thus” (FB p.476 & GS 79-21).

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

Brass, one-piece convex, 16 mm. £6.00 (LHUM 015)

 

Trench. Armoured bent arm holding a dagger

Backmarks: “Firmin & Sons, London”

Brass, two-piece convex, 21 mm. £6.00

 

Whittingham (Durham). Vested upright arm, holding open book (FB p.504 & cf. pl. 82-5 and GS 84-21)

Backmarks: “Firmin & Sons Ld. London”

Brass, one-piece convex, 16 mm. £4.50 (LHUM 164)

 

Wigram (Essex). Armoured horizontal hand, holding fleur-de-lis (FB p.505 & pl. 46-12)

Backmarks: “Firmin & Sons Ld. London”

Silver plated, two-piece convex, 24 mm. £7.50 (LHUM 148) (also Albrecht FB p.8, Clifford FB p.112 & others)

 

Wilton (Wiltshire). Armoured upright bent arm, holding dagger upwards (FB p.510 & pl.21-4)

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

Brass, two-piece convex, 21 mm. £7.50 (LHUM 112) (also Brig FB p.74)

 

Wright (Scotland). Armoured upright arm holding battleaxe (FB p.517 & pl.55-3)

Backmarks: “Well & Miller7, Motcomb St. London”

Silver plated, two-piece convex, 25 mm. £7.50 (LHUM 038)

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