© GOLDEN AGE BUTTONS:  LIVERY - VARIOUS

 

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. 

 

VARIOUS

 

Barns-Graham. Wheat-sheaf below “Peace and Plenty” & bare arm holding spear below “Pro Rege” 

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

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

[Sorces: FD [1929} p.793 and FB pp.36 & 212] [scan] 

 

Beversham [Holbrook Hall, Suffolk]. Demi-lion rampant on a tower 

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

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

[Sources: FB p.50 & pl. 42-4] [scan]

 

Birch [Lancashire]. A fleur-de-lis, entwined by a snake 

Backmarks: None

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

[Sources: FB p.52 & pl.15-13 and GS 9-13] [scan]

Bonar. Sword upright, point downward, below “Denique Cœlum” 

Backmarks: “C.F. Bullivant, Birmingham”

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

[Sources: F-D p.51] [scan]

 

Bruce-Clifton. Lion passant and “Fuimus” with demi-peacock on ducal coronet & “Tenez Le Droit” & Ulster shield

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

Silver plated, two-piece convex, raised design, 28 mm. £15.00 [coachman’s button]
[Sources: FB p.80 & p.112] [scan] 

               

Cazalet. Trojan helmet, edged with balls and plumed 

Backmarks: “Bellerby, London”

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

[Sources: GS 17-19]

 

Christie. “Sic Viresco” in buckle around holly bush [without berries] 

Backmarks: “Firmin & Sons Ld. London”

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

[Sources: FB p.108 & pl.124-10]

 

Cornewalle [London & Herts.]. Demi-lion rampant and ducally crowned, and Cornish chough

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

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

[Sources: FB p.124 and GS 20-25] [scan]

 

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

Backmarks: “Firmin & Sons Ld. London”

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

[Sources: FB p.90 & p.129] [scan]

 

Dalrymple [Ireland]. “Firm” in ribbon above a rock 

Backmarks: “Jennens & Co. London”

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

[Sources: FB p.138 & pl. 73-12] [scan]

 

Donaldson [Scotland]. Vertical rudder of ship

Backmarks: “Super Fine, Best Quality”

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

[Sources: FB p.p.153 & pl.60-10] [scan]

Douglas [Scotland]. Human heart, between wings, crowned, below “Forward” 

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

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

[Sources: FB p.154 & GS pl. 25-10] [scan] 

 

Flint [Scotland]. “Sine Macula” in ribbon, above étoile on mount 

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

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

[Sources: FB p.185 & pl. 63-9 and GS 30-12] [scan]

 

Gay [Norfolk]. A fleur-de-lis

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

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

[Sources: FB p.199 & pl.68-12 and GS 32-7] [scan]


Gordon [Beldorny & Wardhouse]. ”In Hoc Spes Mea”, above cross crosslet fitched

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

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

[Sources: FB p.209 & pl.16-10] [scan]

 

Gray [Scotland]. Anchor above “Anchor Fast Anchor”, above “GTG” monogram 

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

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

[Sources: FB pl. 25-15 & p.533] [scan]

 

Gregory. A group of three tied wheat sheaves 

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

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

[Sources: FB p.216 & pl. 96-14 and GS 34-30] [scan]

 

Haggarth. Bugle horn stringed and with tied bow 

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

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

[Sources: FB p.222 & pl. 48-12 and GS 36-2] [scan]

Hannay [Ulverston]. “Ad Adua Ad Alta” around a cross crosslet fitched and crescent 

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

Brass, two-piece convex, raised design, 28 mm. £7.50 [coachman’s button]
[Sources: FB p.227 & pl. 43-3 and GS 37-7] [scan] 

 

Hawkes [England]. Hind’s head erased, above Old English “H” 

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

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

[Sources: FB p.233 & cf. pl. 6-1] [scan]

 

Hopper. Two-storey castellated tower with entrance

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

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

[Sources: DB p.48-L21] [scan]

 

Horneck. Tree stump couped, with new branch sprouting at side 

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

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

[Sources: FB p.246 & cf. pl. 92-8] [scan]


Houston [Scotland]. Winged sandglass above “Hora Fugit” 

Backmarks: “E. Armfield & Co. Birmingham”

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

[Sources: FB p.247 & cf. pl. 43-1] [scan]

 

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

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

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

[Sources: Debrett {1909} Pt. 2, p.74] [scan]

 

Hunter. Bugle horn with tied bow

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

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

[Sources: DB p.48-L22] [scan]

 

Jodrell. Demi-cock, with wings elevated, above script “ERJ” 

Backmarks: “Tipson & Newby, Birmingham”

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

[Sources: FB p.261 & pl. 72-4] [scan] 

 

Kidd [Scotland]. A crescent

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

Brass, two-piece convex, raised design, 24 mm. £2.50  

[Sources: FB p.270 & pl.18-14] [scan] 

 

Levett-Princep. Eagle’s head with bolt, demi-lion with cross & shield, with “Non Prodigus Neque Avarus” 

Backmarks: “Warranted Superior Quality”

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

[Sources: F-D p.37] [scan]

 

Loftus-Tottenham. Demi-lion rampant holding ring, and boar’s head  

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

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

[Sources: GS 50-14] [scan]

 

Lysley. ‘L’ and reversed ‘L’ below baron’s coronet

Backmarks: ‘Firmin, London’ with two stars

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

[Sources: cf. GS pl. 51-16]

 

Mackenzie. Arm holding sword, “Sic Itur ad Astra”, and sun below “Sine Macula”

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

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

[Sources: FB p.310 and pl. 21-10 & pl.68-14] [scan]

 

Malcolm. Two-tier buttressed tower with entrance 

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

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

[Sources: FB p.316 & pl.12-5 and GS 52-30] [scan]

 

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

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

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

[Sources: FB p.318] [scan]

 

Mitchell-Innes. Increscent and a bare arm holding laurel wreath

Backmarks: Greek key design

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

[Sources: cf. FB p.254 & p.334] [scan]

 

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

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

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

[Sources: FB p.336, pl. 121-7 & pl.32-9] [scan]

 

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

Backmarks: “Marshall & Aitken, Edinburgh”

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

[Sources: FB p.342, pl. 16-8 & p.597] [scan]

 

Murray. Olive branch, not fructed 

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

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

[Sources: FB p.345 & pl. 98-8] [scan]

 

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

[Sources: FB p.347 & FB p.583] [scan]

 

Neville [England]. Out of ducal coronet, a bull’s head erased, above an eagle displayed

Backmarks: None

Gilt brass, one piece rectangular, 16 mm. x 12 mm. £20.00 

[Sources: F-D [1905] Vol.2 p.1009] [scan]

 

Niven [Scotland]. A palm branch aslant, from edge of torse 

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

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

[Sources: FB p.354 & pl. 26-3 & GS 59-19] [scan] 

 

Pardoe [Hertfordshire]. A broad tower with arched entrance 

Backmarks: “E.Armfield & Co. Birmingham”

Brass, one-piece low convex, raised design, 26.5 mm. £7.50  

[Sources: FB p.367 & pl.12-5 and GS 62-2] [scan]


Pecke
[Sussex]. Peer’s helmet in profile, closed, with plume 

Backmarks: “Charles Jennens, London” with plumes trademark

Brass, one-piece flat, raised design, 25 mm. £12.50 [scan] 

[Sources: FB p.373 & pl. 8-12] [scan]

 

Pelham [Sussex]. Pelham buckle 

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

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

[Sources: FB p.374 & pl. 73-10] [scan]

 

Phillimore [Oxfordshire]. Falcon rising out of tower, not buttressed, with wings elevated 

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

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

[Sources: FB p.380 & pl. 84-3 and GS 63-27] [scan]

 

Portal [England]. “Armet Nos Ultio Regum” around castle with portal and towers 

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

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

[Sources: FB p.387 & pl. 8-7 and F-D p.257] [scan]

 

Porter [Sussex, Kent & Lincolnshire]. Portcullis, with chains 

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

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

[Sources: FB p.387 & pl.51-12] [scan]

 

Quicke [Devon]. A tent surmounted by a pennant 

Backmarks: “Firmin & Sons Ld. London”

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

[Sources: FB p.395 & pl. 111-14] [scan]

 

Richmond [Wilts. & Bucks]. Broken lance & spears in saltier, enfiled with ducal coronet, above “Industria Didat” 

Backmarks: “E. Armfield & Co. Birmingham”

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

[Sources: FB p.404 & cf. pl. 33-3 and GS 67-27] [scan]

 

 

Sclater-Booth [Ireland]. Lion passant and demi-eagle displayed, with ducal coronet and mottos 

Backmarks: “Fast Shanks”

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

[Sources: GS 70-20] [scan]


Severn
 [Worcestershire]. A cinquefoil 

Backmarks: “J. Jackson, Birmingham”

Brass, one-piece low convex, raised design, 25 mm. £4.50
[Sources: FB p.428 & pl. 91-12 and GS 71-10] [scan]


Skrine [Somerset & Sussex]. On a tower, a lion couchant ducally crowned, below “Tutamen” 

Backmarks: “J. R. Gaunt & Son, B’ham”

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

[Sources: FB p.437 & cf. pl. 121-5] [scan] 

 

Smart [Scotland]. A pheon, pointing downward

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

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

[Sources: FB p.438 & pl.26-12 and GS 72-21] [scan]

 

St.John-Mildmay [England]. Lion rampant & falcon rising on mount, ducally gorged 

Backmarks: None

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

[Sources: GS 70-2] [scan]

 

Strickland [Dorset]. An escallop with its hinge below 

Backmarks: None

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

[Sources: FB p.458 & pl. 117-4] [scan]

 

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

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

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

[Sources: F-D p.205] [scan]

 

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

Brass, two-piece convex, raised design, 31 mm. £15.00 [coachman’s button] [scan]

 

Walker. Sun rising from clouds 

Backmarks: “C. Pitt & Co. London”

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

[Sources: FB p.489 & pl. 67-9] [scan]

 

Watson [England]. Palm tree on mount, charged with three escallops 

Backmarks: “Firmin & Sons Ld. London”

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

[Sources: FB p.495 & pl. 52-6] [scan]


Wells [Wales]. A beacon aflame, with ladder, without mount 

Backmarks: None

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

[Sources: FB p.498 & pl. 88-6] [scan]