© GOLDEN AGE BUTTONS:  LIVERY - MYTHOLOGY

 

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. 

 

Antrobus, Sir Edward [London]. Unicorn’s head on rays, charged with a chaplet

Backmarks: “C. & J. Weldon, 150 Cheapside, London”

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

[Sources: FB p.16 & pl..116-13; GS 3-3] [scan]

 

Anvers.On mural coronet, a wyvern charged with roses, sejant, regardant & holding cross

Backmarks: “E. Armfield & Co. Birmingham”

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

[Sources: FB p.16 & pl. 63-13] [scan]

 

Bland. Griffin’s head collared, wings addorsed and elevated, charged with cross

Backmarks: “G. & H. Bullivant, Birmingham”
Silver plated, one-piece low convex, raised design, 25 mm. £7.50
[Sources: GS 9-30] [scan]

 

Bodenham. Dragon’s head erased, without collar 
Backmarks: “Firmin & Sons, 153 Strand & 13 Conduit St. London”
Silver plated, one-piece flat, raised design, 25 mm. £12.50   
[Sources: FB p.59 & pl.107-10] [scan]
 

Bold. Griffin segreant 

Backmarks: “Tipson & Newby, Birmingham”

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

[Sources: FB p.60 & pl.67-13 and GS 10-16] [scan]

 

Bourne. Heraldic tiger sejant, holding ladder

Backmarks: “Standish & Co. Mount Street, London”

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

[Sources: cf.FB p.65 & pl. 53-10 and GS 10-29 [scan]

 

Budd. Heraldic wolf passant 

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

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

[Sources: FB p.83 & pl. 7-5] [scan]

 

Caulfield. Dragon’s head erased and collared, on a wheatsheaf 

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

Silverplated, one-piece raised design, 25 mm. £7.50

[Sources: FB p.101 & pl. 107-10 [scan]

 

Dalton. Dragon’s head and neck, with wings elevated 
Backmarks: “Charles Jennens, London” with plumes trademark
Silver plated, one-piece low convex, raised design, 25 mm. £12.50   
[Sources: FB p.138 & pl. 105-11 and GS 22-28] [scan]
 

Daubeney. Dragon wings, tied with tassels 

Backmarks: “Firmin & Sons Ld. London”

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

[Sources: F-D p.501 & cf. FB p.141 & cf. GS 23-9] [scan]

 

Dove. Pegasus salient, with wings addorsed [not gorged or crowned]

Backmarks: “Firmins, London”

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

[Sources: FB p.155 & pl. 57-15 [scan]

 

Farewell. Heraldic tiger sejant, ducally gorged 

Backmarks: “Firmin & Sons, London”

Silver plated, one-piece low convex, raised design, 29 mm. £15.00 [coachman’s button] 

[Sources: F-D p.645 Vol.1 [1929] [scan]

 

Follett [Type 1] [Devon]. A demi-griffin, segreant 
Backmarks: “Firmin & Sons, 153 Strand & 13 Conduit St. London”
Silver plated, one-piece low convex, raised design, 25 mm. £7.50 
[Sources: FB p.186 & pl.18-6] [scan] 

Follett
 [Type 2] [Devon]. A demi-griffin segreant

Backmarks: None

Silver plated, one-piece flat with black enamel, 23 mm. £7.50

[Sources: FB p. 186 & pl. 18-6] [blazer button] 

 

Gardner. Griffin’s head, erased

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

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

[Sources: FB p.197 & pl.48-6] [scan]


Gladstanes
[Type 2]. “Fide et Virtutis” in scroll around demi-griffin segreant, holding sword

Backmarks: “Warranted Best Quality”

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

[Sources: FB p.548 and pl. 49-4 & p.204] [scan]

 

Hall [Type 2]. Griffin’s head erased, holding three wheatears, above crescent 

Backmarks: “R.E.Hayward, 50 Long Acre, London”
Brass, one-piece low convex, raised design, 25 mm. £7.50  
[Sources: FB p.223] [scan] 
 

Halsey. Griffin sejant, wings addorsed 

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

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

[Sources: FB p.224 & pl. 100-11] [scan]

 

Kennedy-Barrington. Angel of Truth on a winged globe

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

Silver plated, one-piece convex, raised design, 25 mm. £25.00

[Sources: F-D p.768] [scan]

 

Ker [Type 1]. Unicorn’s head erased
Backmarks: “C.F.Bullivant, Birmingham”

Silver plated, one-piece low convex, raised design, 26mm. £12.50
[Sources: FB p.269 & pl. 67-1 and GS 44-27] [scan]  

Ker [Type 2]. Unicorn’s head erased

Backmarks "Firmin & Co. London"
Gilt brass, two-piece convex, raised design, 25mm.
£12.50
[Sources: FB p.269 & pl. 67-1 and GS 44-27] [scan]  

Lane. Two griffin heads, addorsed and collared

Backmarks: “Firmin, London” and two stars

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

[Sources: GS 47-24] [scan]

 

Leigh [Type 2]. “Via Virtutis Via Honoris” below unicorn’s head, erased and collared

Backmarks: Armfield’s, Birmingham”

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

[Sources: FB p.287] [scan]

 

Lucas. Wyvern passant, wings addorsed and elevated

Backmarks: “E.Armfield & Co. Birmingham”

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

[Sources: FB p.301 & pl.63-13] [scan]  

 

Massey. Demi-pegasus salient, wings elevated 

Backmarks: “C. Pitt & Co. London”

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

[Sources: FB p.323] [scan]

 

Nugent [England & Ireland]. A cockatrice, wings elevated 

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

Silver plated, one-piece low convex, raised design, 25 mm, £20.00  

[Sources: FB p.357 & pl. 63-15 and GS 60-4] [scan]

 

Orme [Scotland]. Griffin passant, foot raised, wings addorsed and elevated 

Backmarks: “Firmin & Sons Ld. London”

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

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

[Sources: FB p.362 & pl.61-14 and GS 61-3] [scan]

 

Page [Hampshire]. Demi sea-horse, assurgent

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

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

[Sources: FB p.365 & pl. 58-15 and GS 61-15] [scan]   

 

Palmer (Northamptonshire). A wyvern, with wings addorsed

Backmarks: “Superfine Best Quality”

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

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

[Sources: FB p.366 & pl. 63-13 and GS 61-29] [scan]

 

Samuels. Wyvern sejant and pierced by spear

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

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

[Sources: DB p.48-L35] [scan]

 

Seymour [Type 2]. Demi-phoenix, wings displayed, out of flames 

Backmarks: “English Make” with two stars

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

[Sources: cf. FB p.428 & pl.44-8] [scan]

 

Sharp. Griffin’s head erased, in pale
Backmarks: “Firmin & Sons Ld. 108 St. Martins Lane, London”
Silver plated, one-piece low convex, raised design, 25 mm. £7.50
[Sources: FB p.429 & cf. pl. 48-6] [scan]

 

Simon [England]. Pegasus winged, maned and courant  

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

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

[Sources: FB p.435 & pl. 28-9] [scan]

 

Walrond. “Sic Vos Non Vobis” around heraldic wolf sejant, with roundles 

Backmarks: “Firmin & Sons, London”

Silver plated, two-piece convex, raised design, 23 mm. £7.50

[Sources: FB p.491 & pl.7-5] [scan]

 

Watson. Griffin’s head erased, ducally gorged, without branch 

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

Brass, one-piece low convex, raised design, 24 mm. £12.50

[Sources: FB p.495 & cf. pl.42-9 and GS 82-23] [scan]

 

Watts. “Fide Sed Cui Vide” above demi-griffin segreant, wings chequy, with wheat sheaf 

Backmarks: “Warranted Superior Quality” and “P”

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

[Sources: FB p.495 & pl.19-15] [scan]