"GOLDEN AGE BUTTONS": MARITIME & NAVAL

The lists are now updated on a day-to-day basis - not just at the end of each month.

There is a general information section at the bottom of the menu page for uniform buttons, and a “How to Order” section
on the Home Page of the website.

References are: Gwen Squires "Buttons: a Guide for Collectors" [GS], Newsletters [NL] and DocuFiles [DOC] of the International

Uniform-Buttons Collectors Club – nos 7, 8;  Hughes & Lester "The Big Book of Buttons" [HL] and Howard Ripley "Buttons of the 

British Army 1855-1970" [HR]’

References are: Gwen Squires "Buttons: a Guide for Collectors" [GS]

See also "Shipping Lines" and overseas maritime & naval in “Foreign”

BRITISH MARITIME

Aberdeen Harbour. "AH" in block print letters, lined field
Chrome, two-piece convex, 15.5 mm. 1.50

Belfast Harbour Corporation. Name around QC & anchor
Brass, two-piece convex, 16.5 mm. 3.50

Belfast Harbour Police [Type 3]. Name around upright anchor
Nickel, two-piece convex, 17 mm.
£2.50
Belfast Harbour Police [Type 4].Name forming inner circle around anchor, plain field
Chrome, two-piece convex, 16 mm. £0.75
Birkenhead Ferries. Name around quartered shield
Brass, two-piece convex, 24 mm. £7.50
Brass, two-piece convex, 16 mm. 3.50

Board of Trade [Type 4]. "BT" in block serif letters below KC, plain field
Brass, two-piece convex, 16 mm. 1.50

Bristol Corporation Docks. “Bristol Corporation” around port scene
Horn, one-piece convex, 24 mm. 2.50

Bristol Docks Police. "Dock Police" around shipping scene in irregular shield
Horn, one-piece convex, 24 mm. £4.50
Horn, one-piece convex, 16 mm. £1.50

Bristol Port Authority. Shipping scene in oval, above anchor
Brass, two-piece convex, 24 mm. 2.50

Bristol Port Authority Police. Shipping scene in oval, above anchor
Chrome, two-piece convex, 24 mm. 2.50

British Transport Docks [Type 1]. "BTD" in rectangle across waves in circle
Brass, two-piece convex, 23.5 mm. 2.50

British Transport Docks [Type 1]. "BTD" in rectangle across waves in circle
Chrome, two-piece convex, 23.5 mm. 2.50
Chrome, two-piece convex, 21.5 mm. 0.75

British Transport Docks [Type 2]. Stylised "S" & reverse "S", lined field
Brass, two-piece convex, 21 mm. 0.75
Brass, two-piece convex, 18.5 mm. 0.50

British Transport Docks [Type 3].Stylised "S" and reverse "S", lined field
Horn, one-piece convex, 21.5 mm. £2.50

Cable & Wireless Limited. Crossed sea anchors, no crown
Brass, two-piece convex, 19.5 mm. 1.50

Cable & Wireless Limited.
Crossed sea anchors, no crown
White metal, two-piece convex, 19 mm. 1.50
White metal, two-piece convex, 15 mm. 0.75

Clyde Navigation [Type 1]. Name & anchor around sailing ships and shield
Brass, one-piece low convex, 23 mm. 4.50

Clyde Navigation [Type 2]. Name around shield and anchor

Brass, one-piece low convex 17 mm. £1.50

Clydeport. Name across stylised anchor design
Brass, two-piece convex, 17 mm. 1.50

Clydeport. Name across stylised anchor design
Chrome, two-piece convex, 17 mm. 0.75

Coast Guard [Type 5]. Name in buckle around anchor, QVC, lined field, rope border
Brass, two-piece convex, 23 mm. £7.50
Brass, two-piece convex, 17.5 mm. £4.50
Brass, two-piece convex, 14 mm. £3.50

Coast Guard [Type 6]. "CG" across anchor and KC, lined field

Brass, two-piece convex, 22.5 mm. £2.50

Brass, two-piece convex, 14 mm. £0.75

Coast Guard [Type 7]. "CG" below KC, plain field, plain border

Brass, two-piece convex, 28 mm. £2.50

Brass, two-piece convex, 16.5 mm. £2.50

Coast Guard [Type 9]. "CG" below QC, plain field, plain border

Brass, two-piece convex, 22 mm. £2.50

Brass, two-piece convex, 17 mm. £0.75

Customs [Type 6]. "Customs" around "VR" serif letters, QVC
Brass, two-piece convex, 24 mm. £7.50

Customs [Type 8]. "Customs" in oval buckle around "VR" cypher, QVC, lined field, plain border

Brass, two-piece convex, 23.5 mm. £4.50

Brass, two-piece convex, 16 mm. £1.50


Customs [Type 10]. "Customs" in buckle around "VR" cypher, QVC, rope border
Brass, two-piece convex, 23 mm. £4.50
Brass, two-piece convex, 15.5 mm. £1.50

Customs [[Type 11] .Large QVC, lined field, plain border
Brass, two-piece convex, 22 mm. £4.50
Brass, two-piece convex, 16 mm. £1.50
Brass, two-piece convex, 12 mm. £2.50

Customs [Type 14]. ”Customs” in oval buckle around EdVII cypherl, KC [IS M6-14]
Brass, two-piece convex, 24 mm. £2.50 [dent in back]
Brass, two-piece convex, 16 mm. £1.50

Customs [Type 15]. "Customs" in buckle around GV cypher, plain border
Brass, two-piece convex, 23.5 mm. £4.50
Brass, two-piece convex, 16 mm. £1.50

Customs [Type 17]. Large KC on lined field, plain border
Brass, two-piece convex, 23 mm. £2.50
Brass, two-piece convex, 16 mm. £0.25

Customs [Type 20]. Large QC on lined field

Brass, two-piece convex, 23 mm. £2.50

Customs [Type 21]. "HM Customs" in buckle around EIIR cypher in oval, QC
Brass, two-piece convex, 16 mm. £0.25 [also for colonial use]

Customs & Excise [GVI]. "HMC&E" in buckle around GVI cypher, KC
Brass, two-piece convex, 22 mm. 2.50
Brass, two-piece convex, 16 mm. 0.75

Customs & Excise [QE2]. "HMC&E" in buckle around EIIR cypher, QC
Brass, two-piece convex, 23 mm. 2.50

Dover Harbour [Type 2].Name around bipartite shield, no buckle

Brass, two-piece convex, 24 mm. £4.50

Brass, two-piece convex, 17 mm. £1.50

Dover Harbour [Type 3].Name around bipartite shield, no buckle
Chrome alloy, two-piece convex, 24 mm. £2.50

Dover Harbour [Type 4]. “Dover Harbour Board Police” around flag
Chrome, two-piece convex, 16 mm. £0.75

Felixstowe Port Authority [generic type]. Fouled anchor in rope border, lined field
Brass, two-piece convex, 24 mm. 2.50

Hays Wharf & Tower Bridge Hydraulic Company. "Cross-sights" design
Brass, two-piece convex, 24 mm. 2.50

Hull Pilot Service
[Type 2]. Three stars in band across inverted anchor
Brass, one-piece convex, 15 mm. 3.50

Jersey Customs & Excise [Type 1]. Name in oval around shield with three lions, KC
Brass, two-piece convex, 25 mm. £4.50

Jersey Customs & Excise [Type 2]. Name in oval around shield with three lions, KC
Chrome, two-piece convex, 25 mm. £2.50
Chrome, two-piece convex, 16 mm. £0.75

Jersey Marine [Type 1]. Shield of Jersey on crossed anchors
Brass, two-piece convex, 16 mm. 1.50

Lloyds Register of Shipping [Type 2]. Name around sailing ship, rope border
Brass, two-piece convex, 16 mm. 0.75

Manchester Ship Canal [Type 1]. Name around crest with lion and horse supporters

Backmarks: None

Brass, two-piece convex, 26 mm. 2.50 [M&N 109]  

[Sources: BL 50-19; DB p.11-G36; GS 91-9] 

Manchester Ship Canal. Name around crest with lion & horse supporters [BL50-19]
Blackened brass, two-piece convex, 26mm. 2.50

Manchester Ship Canal Police. Name around crest
Chrome, one-piece convex, 24 mm. 2.50
Chrome, one-piece convex, 16 mm. 0.25

Medway Conservancy. Name around sailing ship
Brass, two-piece convex, 24 mm. 7.50
Brass, two-piece convex, 16 mm. 3.50

Mercantile Marine. Mercantile crown on anchor, plain border [GS 78-15]
Brass, two-piece convex, 23 mm. 2.50
Brass, two-piece convex, 19 mm. 0.50
Brass, two-piece convex, 16 mm. 0.25

Mercantile Marine. Mercantile crown on anchor, plain border [GS 78-15]
Nickel, two-piece convex, 20 mm. 1.50
Nickel, two-piece convex, 16.5 mm. 0.75

Mercantile Marine. Mercantile crown on anchor, inner rope border [cf.GS 78-15]
Brass, two-piece convex, 23 mm. 2.50
Brass, two-piece convex, 19 mm. 0.50
Brass, two-piece convex, 16 mm. 0.25

Mersey Docks and Harbour Board [Type 1]. Minerva & Neptune, plain field, plain border [IS M2-20]
Brass, two-piece convex, 23.5 mm. 2.50
Brass, two-piece convex, 15 mm. 0.75

Mersey Docks & Harbour Board [Type 3]. Figures of Minerva & Neptune, lined field, rope border [cf.GS 80-19]
Brass, two-piece convex, 23 mm. 2.50
Brass, two-piece convex, 15 mm. 0.75

Mersey Docks & Harbour Board [Type 3]. Figures of Minerva & Neptune, lined field, rope border [cf.GS 80-19]
White metal, two-piece convex, 23 mm. 2.50

Mersey Pilot Boat Service. ”Pilot Boat Service” around Minerva & Neptune
Brass, two-piece convex, 15 mm. 6.00

Mersey Tunnels Police [Type 1]. Crest with Neptune & seafarer supporters [HR1 350]
Chrome, two-piece convex, 25 mm. 2.50

Northern Lighthouses. Name, "In Salutem Omnium" & lighthouse [GS 86-17]
Brass, two-piece convex, 23.5 mm. 4.50

Port of London Authority [Type 2]. Sealion with trident [IS M3-15]
Brass, two-piece convex, 24 mm. 2.50
Brass, two-piece convex, 16 mm. 0.75

Port of London Authority [Type 3]. Crest with sea lions and flags, above “Floreat Imperii Portus” 

Brass, two-piece convex, 24 mm. 4.50 

Port of London Authority [Police]. Crest with ship above tower in shield [DF 53-2]
Chrome, two-piece convex, 22.5 mm. 2.50
Chrome, two-piece convex, 17 mm. 0.75

Port of London Authority [Type 5]. Crest with sea lions and flags, above “Floreat Imperii Portus”
[Backmarks: None]
Horn, one-piece convex, 27 mm. £3.50 [used inter alia by police]

Royal Alfred Institution for Aged Merchant Seamen. Name around "AMS" & anchor
Brass, two-piece convex, 16 mm. 1.50

Royal Hospital School [Greenwich]. “RHS” around anchor & crossed flags on naval coronet
Brass, two-piece convex, 25 mm. 4.50

Seafarers Education Service. Open book above fouled anchor & wreath [IS SL12-4]
Brass, two-piece convex, 24 mm. £2.50
Brass, two-piece convex, 15 mm. 0.75

Seamen’s Hospital Society. "SHS" across anchor in wreath [GS 5-30]
Brass, two-piece convex, 15 mm. 0.25

Shipping Federation. Name in ribbon across slanting anchor [IS M3-30]
Brass, two-piece convex, 25 mm. £4.50
Brass, two-piece convex, 20 mm. 3.50
Brass, two-piece convex, 16 mm. 1.50

Tees & Hartlepool Port Authority. Fouled anchor on lined field
Horn, one-piece convex, 16 mm.
£0.25

Trinity House [Type 4].  "Trinitas in Unitate" in buckle, around shield, rope border 

Brass, two-piece convex, 25 mm. 4.50 

Brass, two-piece convex, 19 mm. 1.50 

Brass, two-piece convex, 16 mm. 2.50 

Trinity House [Type 7]."Trinitas in Unitate", without buckle, around lion on torse [IS M12-4]
Horn, one-piece convex, 24 mm. £2.50

Trinity House Pilot. Name around lion on torse [GS 82-9]
Brass, two-piece convex, 23 mm. 1.50
Brass, two-piece convex, 21 mm. 2.50
Brass, two-piece convex, 19 mm. 0.50
Brass, two-piece convex, 16.5 mm. 0.25

Trinity House Pilot Service. Name around lion on torse [cf.GS 82-9]
Brass, two-piece convex, 20 mm. 0.75
Brass, two-piece convex, 19 mm. 0.50

Tyne Pilotage Authority. "TPA" monogram in roped border
Brass, two-piece convex, 24.5 mm. 2.50

Wallasey Ferries. "WF" monogram in thirties lettering, lined background
Brass, two-piece convex, 25 mm. 4.50
Brass, two-piece convex, 19.5 mm. 2.50

BRITISH NAVAL

Admiralty. QC above anchor in wreath, plain field, rope border [GS 78-1]
Brass, two-piece convex, 23 mm. £2.50

Admiralty Police [Type 1]. KC above fouled anchor, plain field [IS N1A-29]
Nickel, two-piece convex, 25 mm. £4.50
Nickel, two-piece convex, 19 mm. £1.50

Admiralty Police [Type 2]. KC above fouled anchor, plain field
Chrome, two-piece convex, 25 mm. £2.50
Chrome, two-piece convex, 19 mm. £0.75

Admiralty Police [Type 3]. QC above fouled anchor, plain field
Nickel, two-piece convex, 25 mm. £2.50
Nickel, two-piece convex, 16 mm. £0.75

Conway [Training Ship] [Type 1]. Name in buckle around anchor
Brass, two-piece convex, 16 mm. 1.50

Conway [Training Ship] [Type 2]. Castle above anchor
Brass, two-piece convex, 19.5 mm. 2.50
Brass, two-piece convex, 16 mm. 1.50

Royal Army Service Corps Fleet [KC]. "RASC" & crossed swords below KC
Brass, two-piece convex, 16 mm. 1.50

Royal Fleet Auxiliary [QE2]. "RFA" serif letters below anchor & QC
Brass, two-piece convex, 23 mm. 2.50

Royal Marine Artillery.  Name around anchor, wreathed and grenades, KC 

Brass, two-piece convex, 16 mm. 1.50 

Royal Marines [QC]. Name around QC & anchor, wreathed
Brass, two-piece convex, 16 mm. 0.25

Royal Naval Air Service. [see “Air Force & Airways”]

Royal Naval Barracks. "RNB" gothic letters below KC
Brass, one-piece convex, 25 mm. 4.50

Royal Naval Hospitals [Type 2]. "RNH" below anchor & KC
Brass, one-piece convex, 24 mm. 2.50
Brass, one-piece convex, 17.5 mm. 1.50

Royal Naval Reserve [KC]. "RNR" gothic letters & anchor, KC, plain field, rope border
Brass, two-piece convex, 23 mm. 2.50

Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve. Old English “VR” across anchor and QVC, lined field
Brass, two-piece convex, 24 mm. £4.50

Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve. Old English “NV" across anchor and Imperial Crown[TBC]
Brass, two-piece convex, 19 mm. £2.50

Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve [KC]. "RNV" in gothic letters, KC [HL 305-34].
Brass, two-piece convex, 22.5 mm. 2.50

Royal Navy [QV]. QVC above anchor, plain field [HL 305-30]
Brass, two-piece convex, 23 mm. 4.50
Brass, two-piece convex, 16 mm. 0.75

Royal Navy [KC]. KC crown above anchor, plain field [GS 78-22]
Brass, two-piece convex, 22.5 mm. 2.50
Brass, two-piece convex, 19.5 mm. 0.75
Brass, two-piece convex, 17 mm. 0.25

Royal Navy [QC]. QC above anchor, plain background, rope border
Brass, two-piece convex, 22.5 mm. 2.50
Brass, two-piece convex, 16 mm. 0.25

Royal Navy [Blazer] [Type 1]. Large naval coronet on plain field [cf. GS 37-30]
Brass, one-piece flat, 19 mm. £2.50
Brass, one-piece flat, 15 mm. £0.25

Royal Navy [Mess Dress] [Type 1]. Large naval coronet on plain field [cf. GS 37-30]
Silver mounted on brass, two-piece convex, 19 mm. £2.50

Royal Navy [Mess Dress] [Type 2]. Small naval coronet on plain field [GS 37-30]
Silver mounted on brass, two-piece convex, 19 mm. £2.50
Silver mounted on brass, two-piece convex, 14 mm. £0.50

Royal Navy [Mess Dress] [Type 3]. Large naval coronet on plain field [cf. GS 37-30]
Silver mounted on brass, one-piece flat, 20 mm. £2.50
Silver mounted on brass, one-piece flat, 13 mm. £0.75

Royal Navy, Petty Officer [Type 1]. QVC above anchor, lined field, rope border
Brass, two-piece convex, 22 mm. £4.50
Brass, two-piece convex, 18.5 mm. £2.50
Brass, two-piece convex, 14 mm. £1.50

Royal Navy, Petty Officer [Type 3]. KC above anchor, lined background, rope border
Brass, two-piece convex, 22 mm. £2.50
Brass, two-piece convex, 18.5 mm. £0.50

Royal Navy, Petty Officer [Type 4]. KC above anchor, lined field, plain border
White vulcanite, one-piece convex, 23 mm. £2.50

Royal Navy, Petty Officer [Type 5]. QC above anchor, lined field, plain border

Brass, two-piece convex, 22 mm. £2.50

Brass, two-piece convex, 14 mm. £0.25

Royal Navy Polo Association. Mercantile coronet
Brass, one-piece flat, 20 mm. £2.50

Sea Cadets [1914 on]. See “Clubs & Societies”

War Department Fleet. "WD" & crossed swords, KC, rope border [cf.HR 516]
Brass, two-piece convex, 23 mm. 4.50
Brass, two-piece convex, 17 mm. 2.50
Brass, two-piece convex, 14 mm. 1.50

Worcester [Training Ship] [Type 1]. Name above fouled anchor, rope border [GS 82-16]
Brass, two-piece convex, 22 mm. 2.50
Brass, two-piece convex, 17.5 mm. 0.50
Brass, two-piece convex, 14 mm. 0.25

HORN ISSUES

Board of Trade [KC] [Type 2]. "BT" in block serif letters below KC, plain field
Horn, one-piece convex, 23 mm. 2.50
Horn, one-piece convex, 16 mm. 0.75

Bristol Docks Police. "Dock Police" around shipping scene in irregular shield [IS M8-5]
Horn, one-piece convex, 24mm. 4.50

British Transport Docks. Stylised "S" & reverse "S" design on lined background
Horn, one-piece convex, 22.5 mm. 2.50
Horn, one-piece convex, 18 mm. 0.50
Horn, one-piece convex, 15.5 mm. 0.25

Felixstowe Port Authority [Generic Type]. Fouled anchor in rope border, lined field
Horn, two-piece convex, 22 mm. 2.50
Horn, two-piece convex, 15 mm. 0.25

Mercantile Marine. Mercantile crown on anchor [GS 78-15]
Horn, one-piece convex, 14 mm. 0.25

Mercantile Marine [Type 3]. Mercantile crown on anchor, above “Rd. 665050”, lined field
Horn, one-piece convex, 14 mm. 0.25

Port of London Authority. Crest with sea-lion supporters, ship & Tower in shield [DF 53-2]
Horn, one-piece convex, 21.5 mm. 3.50

Royal Navy [KC]. KC above anchor, lined background [GS 78-22]
Horn, one-piece convex, 20 mm. 0.75

Royal Navy [KC]. KC above anchor, lined background [GS 78-22]
Natural Horn, one-piece convex, 22 mm. 0.75

Trinity House Pilot. Name around lion on torse
Horn, one-piece convex, 22.5 mm. 2.50