© GOLDEN AGE BUTTONS:  LIVERY - VARIOUS

 

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. 

 

VARIOUS

 

Barns-Graham. Wheat-sheaf below “Peace and Plenty” , and bare arm holding spear below “Pro Rege” [FD [1929} p.793 and FB pp.36 & 212] 

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

Silver plated, one-piece low convex, 26 mm. £12.50 [LVAR 254]

 

Beversham [Holbrook Hall, Suffolk]. Demi-lion rampant on a tower [FB p.50 & pl. 42-4]

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

Silver plated, one-piece low convex, 16 mm. £3.50 [LVAR 233] [also Addis FB p.5, Treacy FB p.476 and others

 

Birch [Lancashire]. A fleur-de-lis, entwined by a snake [FB p.52 & pl.15-13 and GS 9-13]

Backmarks: None

Silver plated, one-piece low convex, 23 mm. £4.50 [LVAR 118] [also Crooke FB p.133, Jackson FB p.256 & others]

 

Bonar. Sword upright, point downward, below “Denique Cœlum” [F-D p.51]

Backmarks: “C.F. Bullivant, Birmingham”]

Bronzed metal, one-piece convex, 25 mm. £4.50 [LVAR 240]

 

Bruce-Clifton [Ireland].  Lion passant & “Fuimus” with demi-peacock on ducal coronet & “Tenez Le Droit”, with Ulster shield [FB p.80 & p.112] 

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

Silver plated, two-piece convex, 28 mm. £20.00 [LVAR 215] [coachman]

 

Cazalet. Trojan helmet, edged with balls and plumed [GS 17-19]

Backmarks: “Bellerby, London”

Brass, two-piece convex, 25 mm. £7.50 [LVAR 029] 

 

Christie. “Sic Viresco” in buckle around holly bush [without berries] [FB p.108 & pl. 124-10]

Backmarks: “Firmin & Sons Ld. London”

Brass, two-piece convex, 25 mm. £7.50 [LVAR 211]

 

Cornewall [London & Herts.]. Demi-lion rampant and ducally crowned, and a Cornish chough [FB p.124 and GS 20-25]

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

Silver plated, one-piece convex, 25 mm. £7.50 [LVAR 148]

 

Corse-Brissac [France]. Crest with eagle supporters and two coronets, above “Virtute et Tempore” 
Backmarks: “Agry, 14 Rue.Castiglione, Mon Bouvet, J-BM”

Brass, two-piece flat, 30 mm. £9.50 [LVAR 253] [coachman] 


Cranmer-Byng
[England]. “Tuebor” below stork’s head pierced by arrow and heraldic antelope passant [FB p.90 & p.129]

Backmarks: “Firmin & Sons Ld. London”

Silver plated, two-piece convex, 16 mm. £6.00 [LVAR 235]

 

Dalrymple [Ireland]. “Firm” in ribbon above a rock [FB p.138 & pl. 73-12]

Backmarks: “Jennens & Co. London”

Silver plated, two-piece convex, raised design, 16 mm. £6.00 [LVAR 230]

 

Donaldson [Scotland]. Vertical rudder of ship [FB p.p.153 & pl.60-10]

Backmarks: “Super Fine, Best Quality”

Brass, one-piece low convex, 25 mm. £7.50 [LVAR 026] [also Burwash FB p.88, Saltmarsh FB p.419 & others]

 

Douglas [Scotland]. Human heart, between wings, crowned, below “Forward” [FB p.154 & GS pl. 25-10] 

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

Silver plated, one-piece convex, 16 mm. £4.50 [LVAR 185] 

 

Flint [Scotland]. “Sine Macula” in ribbon, above étoile on mount [FB p.185 & pl. 63-9 and GS 30-12]

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

Brass, two-piece convex, 24 mm. £7.50 [LVAR 193] 

 

Forester [Baron Forester]. Wyvern and talbot passant and chained, below baron’s coronet [GS 30-24 & Debrett’s [1909] p.381

Backmarks: “Armfield’s, Birmingham”

Silver plated, one-piece convex, 27 mm. £20.00 [LVAR 209]


Gay
[Norfolk]. A fleur-de-lis [FB p.199 & pl.68-12 and GS 32-7]

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

Silver plated, one-piece convex, 16 mm. £4.50 [LVAR 082] [also Udney FB p.482 & GS 80-20 & others] 

 

Gordon [Beldorny & Wardhouse]. ”In Hoc Spes Mea”, above a cross crosslet fitched [FB p.209 & pl.16-10]

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

Silver plated, one-piece low convex, 25 mm. £4.50 [LVAR 102]

 

Gray [Scotland]. Anchor above "Anchor Fast Anchor" in ribbon, above "GTG" monogram.

Backmarks: "Firmin & Sons, 153 Strand, London"

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

 

Gregory. Three wheat sheaves, tied [FB p.216 & pl. 96-14 and GS 34-30]

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

Brass, one-piece convex, 25 mm. £4.50 [LVAR 245] [wear]

 

Haggarth. Bugle horn stringed with tied bow [FB p.222 & pl. 48-12 and GS 36-2 Haggarth]

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

Silver plated, one-piece low convex, 25 mm. £7.50 [LVAR 220] 

 

Hannay [Ulverston]. “Ad Adua Ad Alta” around a cross crosslet fitched and crescent [FB p.227 & pl. 43-3 and GS 37-7] 

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

Brass, two-piece convex, 28 mm. £7.50 [LVAR 182] [coachman]

 

Hawkes [England]. Hind’s head erased, above Old English “H” [FB p.233 & cf. pl. 6-1]

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

Brass, one-piece convex, 25 mm. £7.50 [LANL 205]

 

Hopper. Two-storey castellated tower with entrance

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

Brass, one-piece convex, raised design, 25 mm. £4.50 [Sources: DB p.48-L21]

 

Horneck [Middlesex].Tree stump couped, with new branch at side [FB p.246 & cf. pl. 92-8]

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

Silver plated, one-piece convex, 25 mm. £7.50 [LVAR 248] 

 

Houston [Scotland]. Winged sandglass, above “Hora Fugit” [FB p.247 & cf. pl. 43-1]

Backmarks: “E. Armfield & Co. Birmingham”

Silver plated, one-piece convex, 25 mm. £7.50 [LVAR 224] 

 

Houston-Boswall. Arm holding scimitar below “Fortiter”, and a winged sandglass, below “In Time”

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

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

[Sources: Debrett {1909} Pt. 2, p.74]

 

Hunter. Bugle horn with tied bow

Backmarks: “I.Nutting & Son, King St. Covent Garden”

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

[Sources: DB p.48-L22]

 

Jodrell. “ERJ” in script letters, below cockatrice’s head and wings

Backmarks: “Tipson & Newby, Birmingham”

Gilt brass, one-piece low convex, 26 mm. £7.50

 

Kidd [Scotland].  A crescent [FB p.270 & pl.18-14] 

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

Silver plated, two-piece convex, 24 mm. £4.50 [LVAR 040] [also Alderton FB p.8, Dallas FB p.138 & GS 22-26 & others]

 

Leslie-Melville [Scotland]. Armoured upright bent arm, holding scimitar, and talbot’s head erased {FB p.289 & Debrett {1881} p.386]

Backmarks: None]

Silver plated, one-piece convex, 26 mm. £12.50 [LVAR 126] 

 

Levett-Princeps [Derbyshire]. Eagle’s head with bolt & demi-lion, with cross & shield, above “Non Prodigus Neque Avarus” [F-D p.37]

Backmarks: “Warranted Superior Quality”

Silver plated, one-piece convex, 25 mm. £15.00 [LVAR 213]  

 

Loftus-Tottenham, Captain Arthur. Demi-lion rampant holding ring, and boar’s head [vertical] [GS 50-14]

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

Gilt brass, one-piece convex, 25 mm. £7.50 [LVAR 229]

 

Mackenzie [Scotland]. Arm holding sword below “Sic Itur ad Astra”, with sun below “Sine Macula” [FB p.310 and pl. 21-10 & pl.68-14]

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

Silver plated, one-piece convex, 25 mm. £7.50 [LVAR 179]

 

Malcolm [Argyll, Scotland]. Two-tier buttressed tower with entrance [FB p.316 & pl.12-5 and GS 52-30]

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

Silver plated, one-piece convex, 25 mm. £7.50 [LVAR 239] [also Pearson FB p.373, Towers FB p.475 & others]

 

Mansell [England]. “Quod Vult Valde Vult” in buckle around “M”, below chapeau aflame [FB p.318]

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

Silver plated, one-piece convex, 25 mm. £12.50 [LVAR 176]

 

Mitchell-Innes [Berwickshire]. Increscent, and a bare arm holding laurel wreath [FB-D p.588]

Backmarks: Greek key design

Brass, two-piece convex, 24 mm. £7.50 [LVAR 237]

 

Money-Kyrle [Herefordshire]. “Eagle’s head erased, with hedgehog on mount”

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

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

 

Morton [Scotland]. “Virtutis Praemium” in ribbon above oak tree

Backmarks: “Marshall & Aitken, Edinburgh”

Brass, two-piece convex, raised design, 25 mm. £9.50

 

Mullins [Baron Ventry] [Ireland]. Out of ducal coronet a savages head, and goat’s head erased [Debrett’s [1909] p.912]

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

Silver plated, one-piece convex, 25 mm. £7.50 [LVAR 223]

 

Murray [Scotland]. Olive branch, not fructed [FB p.345 & pl. 98-8]

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

Brass, one-piece convex, 25 mm. £4.50 [LVAR 225] [also Finlay FB p.181, Tothill FB p.475 & others]

 

Nairn. Sun in splendour above “Sero Sed Serio”

Backmarks: “Firmin, London”

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

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

 

Neville [England]. Out of ducal coronet, a bull’s head erased, above an eagle displayed [F-D [1905] Vol.2 p.1009]

Backmarks: None

Gilt brass, one piece rectangular, 16 mm. x 12 mm. £15.00 [LVAR 247]

 

Niven [Scotland]. A palm branch aslant [FB p.354 & pl. 26-3 & GS 59-19

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

Silver plated, one-piece convex, 25 mm. £4.50 [LVAR 165] [also Archer FB p.18, Kennedy FB p.268 & others]

 

Pardoe [Hertfordshire]. A broad tower with arched entrance [FB p.367 & pl.12-5 and GS 62-2]

Backmarks: “E.Armfield & Co. Birmingham”

Brass, one-piece convex, 26 mm. £1.00 [grubby] [LVAR 130] [also Whiteman FB p.503 & others]

 

Pecke [Sussex]. Peer’s helmet in profile, closed, with plume [FB p.373 & pl. 8-12]

Backmarks: “Charles Jennens, London” with plumes trademark

Brass, one-piece flat, 25 mm. £12.50 [LCOR 249] [also Chemere FB p.105, Shairp FB p.429 & others] 

 

Pelham [Sussex]. Pelham buckle [FB p.374 & pl. 73-10]

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

Silver plated, two-piece convex, 24 mm. £7.50 [LVAR 214] 

 

Phillimore [Oxfordshire]. Falcon rising out of tower with wings elevated [FB p.380 & pl. 84-3 and GS 63-27]

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

Silver plated, one-piece convex, 24 mm. £4.50 [LVAR 242]

 

Portal [England]. “Armet Nos Ultio Regum” around castle with portal and towers [FB p.387 & pl. 8-7 and F-D p.257]

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

Brass, one-piece convex, 16 mm. £4.50 [LVAR 210]

 

Porter [Sussex, Kent & Lincolnshire]. Portcullis, with chains [FB p.387 & pl.51-12]

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

Brass, one-piece convex, 24 mm. £7.50 [LVAR 084] [also Beaufort FB p.42, Buck FB p.82 & GS 13-23 & 24 & others]

 

Quicke [Devon]. A tent surmounted by a pennant [FB p.395 & pl. 111-14]

Backmarks: “Firmin & Sons Ld. London”

Brass, one-piece low convex, 16 mm. £4.50 [LVAR 186] [also Bartan FB p.37, Bouwen FB p.66 & others] 

 

Richmond [Wilts. & Bucks.]. Broken lance in saltier, enfiled with ducal coronet, above “Industria Didat” [FB p.404 & cf. pl. 33-3 and GS 67-27] 

Backmarks: “E. Armfield & Co. Birmingham”

Brass, one-piece convex, 25 mm. £7.50 [LVAR 142]

 

St. John-Mildmay [England]. Lion rampant and a falcon rising, on mount, ducally gorged [GS 70-2]

Backmarks: None

Silver plated, one-piece convex, 25 mm. £2.50 [LVAR 187] [below average condition]

 

Sclater-Booth [Ireland]. Lion passant and demi-eagle displayed with ducal coronet, with mottos & shield [GS 70-20]

Backmarks: “Fast Shanks”

Silver plated, two-piece convex, 25 mm. £2.50 [LVAR 191] [worn condition]

 

Severn [Worcestershire]. A cinquefoil [FB p.428 & pl. 91-12 and GS 71-10]

Backmarks: “J. Jackson, Birmingham”

Brass, one-piece convex, 25 mm. £4.50 [LVAR 160]

 

Skrine [Somerset & Sussex]. On a tower, a lion couchant ducally crowned, below “Tutamen” [FB p.437 & cf. pl. 121-5] 

Backmarks: “J. R. Gaunt & Son, B’ham”

Silver plated, two-piece convex, 16 mm. £4.50 [LVAR 195]  

 

Smart [Scotland]. A pheon, pointing downward [FB p.438 & pl.26-12 and GS 72-21]

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

Brass, one-piece convex, 25 mm. £7.50 [LVAR 052] [also Atkinson FB p.24, Sharp FB p.429 & others]

 

Strickland [Dorset]. An escallop with hinge below [FB p.458 & pl. 117-4]

Backmarks: None

Brass, two-piece convex, 16 mm. £4.50 [LVAR 255] [also Schelley FB p. 423, Pryor FB p. 392 & others]

 

Strode-Lowe [Devon]. Tree with “Hyeme Viresco” and demi-griffin with “Spero Meliora” [F-D p.205]

Backmarks: J. R. Gaunt & Son, Birmingham”

Brass, two-piece convex, 25 mm. £12.50 [LVAR 218]

 

Valette [France]. Crest with coronets and greyhound supporters, above “Plus Quam Valor Valetta Valet” 
Backmarks: “A Chevalier Graveur, Paris”]

Brass, two-piece convex, 31 mm. £15.00 [LVAR 251] [coachman]

 

Watson [England]. Palm tree on a mount, charged with three escallops [FB p.495 & pl. 52-6]

Backmarks: “Firmin & Sons Ld. London”

Silver plated, one-piece convex, 16 mm. £4.50 [LVAR 189] [also Crouchfield FB p.134, Garioch FB p.197 & others]  

 

Wells [Wales]. A fire beacon aflame, with ladder, without mount [FB p.498 & pl. 88-6]

Backmarks: None

Silver plated, one-piece low convex, 16 mm. £3.50 [LVAR 145] [also Boak FB p.59, Kirkhoven FB p.273 & others]