© GOLDEN AGE BUTTONS:  LIVERY - MYTHOLOGY

 

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. 

 

MYTHOLOGY

 

Bland. Demi-griffin collared, wings addorsed and elevated (charged with cross) (GS 9-30)
Backmarks: “G. & H. Bullivant, Birmingham”
Silver plated, one-piece convex, 25 mm. £4.50 (LMYT 071)

 

Bold (Lancashire). Griffin segreant (FB p.60 & pl.67-13 and GS 10-16)

Backmarks: “Tipson & Newby, Birmingham”

Silver plated, one-piece convex, 25mm. £7.50 (LMYT 027) (also Clifford FB p.112, Fotheringham FB p.189 & GS 31-1 & others)  

 

Budd (Ireland). Heraldic tiger passant (FB p.83 & pl. 7-5)

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

Brass, one-piece convex, 25 mm. £7.50 (LMYT 082) (also Balfour FB p.31, Osborn FB p.363 & others)

 
Dalton (Lancashire). Dragon’s head and neck, with wings elevated (FB p. 138 & pl. 105-11 and GS 22-28)
Backmarks: “Firmin & Sons Ld. London”
Brass, one-piece convex, 16 mm. £6.00 (LMYT 072) (also Brent FB p.72, Massingberd FB p.323 & others)
 
Daubeney. Vertical pair of bat’s wings, joined by tassels
Backmarks: Firmin & Sons Ld., London”

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

 

Farewell (Somerset). Heraldic tiger sejant, ducally gorged (F-D p.645 Vol.1 [1929])

Backmarks: “Firmin & Sons, London”

Silver plated, one-piece convex, 28 mm. £9.50 (COACHMAN) (LMYT 083)

 

Follett (Devonshire). A demi-griffin, segreant (FB p.186 & pl.18-6)  

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

Silver plated, one-piece convex, 25 mm. £7.50 (LMYT 025) (also Lester FB p.289, Lowe FB p.299 & others)  

 

Gardner (Shropshire). Griffin’s head, erased (FB p.197 & pl.48-6)

Backmarks: “Firmin & Sons Ld., 108 St.Martin’s Lane, London”

Brass, one-piece convex, 25 mm. £7.50 (LMYT 014) (also Benton FB p.47, Hall FB p.223 & others)

 

Haffenden (Bloomsbury). Griffin’s head erased, holding arrow (unbroken) in beak (FB p.222 & cf. pl. 35-15)
Backmarks: “Firmin’s, London”
Brass, one-piece low convex, 16 mm. 4.50 (LMYT 081) 

 

Hall (Nottinghamshire). Griffin’s head erased, on crescent, holding three wheatears (FB p.223)

Backmarks: “R.E.Hayward, 50 Long Acre, London”

Brass, one-piece convex, 25 mm. £7.50 (LMYT 052)

 

Ker (Scotland). Unicorn’s head erased (FB p.269 & pl. 67-1 and GS 44-27)  

Backmarks: “Warranted Best Quality”

Silver plated, one-piece convex, 26mm. £12.50 (LMYT 004) (also Leigh FB p.286 & GS 49-7, Swanley FB p.461 & others)   

 

Leigh. “Via Virtutis Via Honoris” below unicorn’s head, erased and collared

Backmarks: “Armfield’s, Birmingham”

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


Nugent
(England & Ireland). A cockatrice, wings elevated (FB p.357 & pl. 63-15 and GS 60-4)

Backmarks: “E. W. Jackson & Co. 58 Gracechurch St. London”

Silver plated, one-piece convex, £20.00 (LMYT 055) (also Prendergast FB p.390, Langley FB p.260 & GS 48-1, & others)

 

Orme (Scotland). Griffin passant, foot raised, wings addorsed (FB p.362 & pl.61-14 and GS 61-3)

Backmarks: “Firmin & Sons Ld. London”

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

Brass, one-piece convex, 16 mm. £3.50 (LMYT 074) (also St.Leger FB p.418 & GS 70-4, Tower FB p.475 & GS 79-15 & others)

 

Palmer (Northamptonshire). A wyvern, with wings addorsed (FB p.366 & pl. 63-13 and GS 61-29)

Backmarks: “Superfine Best Quality”

Brass, one-piece low convex, 22 mm. £7.50 

Brass, one-piece low convex, 16 mm. £3.50 (LMYT 048) (also Croft FB p.132, Stopford GS 75-26)

 

Samuels. Wyvern sejant and pierced by spear

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

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

 
Sharp. Griffin’s head erased, in pale (FB p.429 & cf. pl. 48-6)
Backmarks: “Firmin & Sons Ld. 108 St. Martins Lane, London”
Brass, one-piece convex, 26 mm. £4.50 (LMYT 061)
Silver plated, one-piece convex, 27 mm. £7.50

 

Simon [England]. Pegasus winged, maned and courant  

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

Silver-plated, one-piece convex, raised design, 25 mm. £12.50 [Sources: FB p.435 & pl. 28-9]

 

Walrond (Devon). “Sic Vos Non Vobis” around heraldic wolf sejant, charged with roundles (FB p.491 & pl.7-5)

Backmarks: “Firmin & Sons, London”

Silver plated, two-piece convex, 23 mm. £7.50 (LMYT 059)

 

Watson (Buckinghamshire). Griffin’s head erased, ducally gorged, without branch (FB p.495 & pl.42-9)

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

Brass, one-piece convex, 24 mm. £7.50 (LMYT 003)


Watts
 (Abney Hall, Cheshire). “Fide Sed Cui Vide” above demi-griffin segreant, wings chequy, holding wheat sheaf (FB p.495 & pl.19-15)

Backmarks: “Warranted Superior Quality” and “P”
Silver plated, one-piece convex, 25 mm.
£7.50 (LMYT 039)