"GOLDEN AGE BUTTONS": SCHOOLS, COLLEGES & UNIVERSITIES

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.      

Sources:  Gwen Squires "Buttons: a Guide for Collectors" [GS] and "The Cambridge Armorial" [CA]

See below for Officer Training Corps.  See also past-pupil societies in "Clubs & Societies", as well as rowing
clubs of schools & colleges in "Yacht & Boat Clubs", and overseas schools & colleges in “Foreign”

SCHOOLS, COLLEGES & INSTITUTIONS

Aberdeen University.  Name around quartered shield [BL 50-19]
Brass, one-piece convex, 25 mm. 4.50
Brass, one-piece convex, 16 mm. 1.50

Bablake School Coventry. Stag’s head on torse  

Backmarks: “Bablake School Coventry” in band

Brass, one-piece low convex, raised design, 17 mm. 6.00

 

Bancrofts Hospital School [Type 2]. “Bancrofts Hospital” and “1728” below lamb couchant 

Backmarks: ”Made in England, London Badge & Button”

Brass, one-piece convex, raised design, 22 mm. 2.50

[Sources: cf. BL 120-6]

 

Bancroft’s Hospital School [Type 2]. “Bancrofts Hospital” and “1728” below ram couchant 

Backmarks: ”Doughty & Co. London”

Brass, two-piece convex, raised design, 16 mm. 2.50


Birkenhead School.
 Eagle rising, above “Beati Mundo Corde” in ribbon

Backmarks: “Superb Quality”

Brass, two-piece convex, raised design, 17 mm. 1.50 [O.T.C.] [wear]

Bloxham School [Oxford]. Shield with chevron and three pheons
Brass, two-piece flat, 22 mm. £4.50

Bluecoat School, Birmingham.Name in border around "Blue Coat" [GS 56-10]
Anodised metal, two-piece convex, 20.5mm.

Bournemouth School.  Name in scroll below knight’s helm and shield with four quadrants
Brass, one-piece low convex, 19.5 mm. 3.50

Bridlington School [Type 2]. "BBB" in bipartite shield

White metal, two-piece mounted design, 16 mm. 3.50  


Bromley St.Leonard. Name and “Soonardi Sigillum” around figure of a bishop within oval band  

Backmarks: None

Brass, two-piece convex, raised design, 26 mm. 7.50


Essex County Asylum [Brentwood]. Star and letters “E”, “C” and “A” around shield with three scimitars 

Brass, two-piece convex, 16 mm. 4.50  

Brass, two-piece convex, 12 mm. 3.50  

 

Cambridge University.Vertical cross in shield with lion in each quarter

Brass, one-piece convex, 20 mm. £1.50

Brass, one-piece convex, 13 mm. £0.50


Charterhouse School. “Deo Dante Dedi” below knight’s helm, surmounted by greyhound head
Brass, two-piece convex, 23 mm. £7.50

Christ Church, Oxford.  Name around shield
Brass, one-piece convex, 23.5 mm. 2.50

Christ's Hospital School [Type 1]. "Edwardus VI.D.G. Rex. F." and head, piecrust border

Backmarks: “Firmin & Sons Ld. London”

Brass, one-piece convex, 23 mm. 7.50  

Christ's Hospital School [Type 2]."Edwardus VI.DG. Rex. F" & head, plain border
Nickel, two-piece convex, 21 mm. £2.50
Nickel, two-piece convex, 17 mm. £0.75

City of London School. City of London shield between “CC” in ornate script letters

Backmarks: “Firmin & Sons L’d., London”

Brass, two-piece convex, raised design, 25 mm. 7.50 [O.T.C.]

Brass, two-piece convex, raised design, 16 mm. 3.50 [O.T.C.]

Clifton College [Bristol]. “Spiritus Intus Alit” below shield
Natural horn, one-piece convex, 24 mm.
£4.50
Natural horn, one-piece convex, 17 mm. £1.50

Coleraine High School.  Name around shield & “Virtute et Labore”
Nickel, one-piece flat, 19 mm. 4.50

Corpus Christi College [Cambridge].  Pelican vulning its young, above “CCCC” script letters
Brass, two-piece convex, 23 mm. 7.50  

Culford School.  "Viriliter Acite Estote Fortes" below quartered shield
White metal, two-piece flat, 20 mm. 3.50

Daniel Stewart’s Hospital. ”Daniel Stewart’s Hospital” around “DS” in large Old English letters

Bronzed metal, two-piece convex, 16 mm. £9.50

Denstone College.  Staffordshire knot above “Denstone” and shield with cross potent
Nickel, one-piece high convex, 19 mm. 6.00

Duke of York's Royal Military School [Type 2].Name around KC
Brass, two-piece convex, 17 mm. £3.50

Dulwich College.  "Detur Gloria Soli Deo" below crest with three stars [GS 56-13]
Brass, one-piece low convex, 21.5 mm. 4.50
Brass, one-piece low convex, 13.5 mm. 1.50

Edinburgh Academy. “Universitas Academica Edinburgensis” around university shield
Brass, two-piece convex, 27 mm. £7.50

Emmanuel College, Cambridge.  Lion with ring & "Emmanuel", in shield [CA p.85]
Gilt, two-piece convex, 19 mm. 4.50
Gilt, two-piece convex, 16 mm. 3.50

Eton Archery Club. Crossed arrows below Old English “EA” and QVC

Backmarks: “Firmin’s London”

Silver plated, one-piece low convex, raised design, 15 mm. 6.00

[Sources: DB p.85-C31] 

 

Eton College [Type 1]. “MCCCCXI” and “Pro More et Monte” around shield, wreathed, QVC

Backmarks: QVC above wreath

Brass, two-piece convex, 22 mm. 12.50 


George Heriot's School [Edinburgh]. “I Distribute Cheerfully” above crest
Brass, one-piece low convex, 25 mm. £7.50
Brass, one-piece low convex, 16 mm.
£3.50

Glasgow University [Type 1].“Via Veritas Vita” above book, crown, tree, fish and bell
Brass, one-piece low convex, £4.50
Brass, one-piece low convex, £1.50

Glasgow University [Type 2]."Via Veritas Vita" below shield [GS 56-15]
Brass, one-piece flat, 18.5 mm. £2.50

Greenwich Hospital School. “GHS” below anchor, mercantile crown and crossed flags
Brass, two-piece convex, 24 mm. £4.50
Brass, two-piece convex, 20 mm. £3.50

Haberdashers Aske's School.  Crest with goat supporters & "Serve & Obey"
Brass, one-piece flat, 19 mm. £3.50
Brass, one-piece flat, 14 mm. 1.50

Halesowen Grammar School. Shield with chevron, star & fleurs-de-lis, above “Ut Filii Lucis Fiatis”

Brass, one-piece flat, 19 mm. £4.50 [re-named Earls High School in 1972]


Harrow School.
“Stet Fortuna Domus” below shield with heraldic lion

Brass, one-piece convex, 20 mm. £2.50


Highgate School
[Sir Roger Cholmeley’s][1565 on]. Knight’s helm above sword and griffin head[DB G87]

Nickel, one-piece convex, 21 mm. £4.50


Hull Trinity House School
[Type 1].”Spes Super Sydera” around three stars in band across inverted anchor

Brass, one-piece convex, 21 mm. £4.50

 

Hull Trinity House School [Type 2].Three stars in band across inverted anchor, without motto

Brass, one-piece convex, 15 mm. £1.50


King Edward’s School, Birmingham.
“Domine Salvum Fac Regem” below quartered shield

Brass, one-piece low convex, 19 mm. £3.50


King Edward's School, Lytham.
"KES" in monogram, thirties lettering [TBC]

Brass, one-piece convex, 20.5 mm. £3.50

 

King’s High School for Girls. “Warwick School” in ribbon, below chained portcullis and crown

Backmarks: “Superior Quality”

Brass, one-piece flat, raised design, 20 mm. 3.50


Kneller Hall [Royal Military School of Music].  “KH” below KC [cf. HR 556]
Brass, two-piece convex, 20 mm.
£3.50

Kirkham Grammar School“KGS” serif letters below windmill on torse [IS]
Brass, two-piece convex, 20 mm.
3.50

Leeds University. Sphinx above wreathed shield with roses and “Et Augebitur Scientia”
Brass, one-piece flat, 19 mm. £2.50

Liverpool College.  QC on crossed sceptre and crook, above open book
Brass, one-piece low convex, 22.5 mm. 4.50

Liverpool University [Type 1]."Haec Otia Studia Fovent" below shield, plain field

Silver plated, one-piece convex, 20.5 mm. £6.00

 

Liverpool University [Type 2]."Haec Otia Studia Fovent" below shield, dimpled field

Silver plated, one-piece convex, 20.5 mm. £6.00


Liverpool University
[Type 3].Shield with three birds and “Fiat Lux” in book [cf. GS 57-8]

Nickel, one-piece low convex, 19 mm. £3.50

 

Manchester University. “O.T.C.” below a lion rampant

Brass, two-piece convex, raised design, 17 mm. 3.50


Methodist College Belfast
[f.1865]. Shield above “Deus Nobiscum” in ribbon

Nickel, one-piece low convex, 19 mm. £3.50

Mill Hill School.  "Non Nobis Sed Scholae" in scroll below three birds and book in shield
Nickel, two-piece convex, 22 mm. 7.50

Oldham Grammar School. "OGS" in monogram with cursive letters 

Silver plated, one-piece convex, 19 mm. 4.50

Oundle School.  Bird in flight with sprig in beak
Brass, one-piece flat, 21 mm. 4.50
Brass, one-piece flat, 14 mm. 1.50

Oxford University [Type 1].  “O.T.C” above shield with three crowns around open book (cf. GB p.295)

Brass, two-piece convex, 24 mm. 4.50

Brass, two-piece convex, 15 mm. 2.50

 

Oxford University [Type 2]. Shield with three crowns around open book

Brass, one-piece flat, 24 mm. 4.50

Brass, one-piece flat, 15 mm. 2.50

 

Paston School, North Walsham. Name with “1606” around shield

Backmarks: “Gaunt, London”

Brass, two-piece convex, 24 mm. 2.50  

Perse School.  Name, motto & "MDCXV" below shield with chevron [GS 57-11]
Silver Plated, one-piece convex, 20.5 mm. 6.00

Peterhouse College [Cambridge].  Crossed keys design in shield [CA p.30]
Chrome, one-piece convex, 25 mm.
4.50
Chrome, one-piece convex, 16 mm. 1.50

Portchester School.  Name below shield surmounted by arm holding spear
Brass, one-piece convex, 19.5 mm. 3.50

Queens University, Belfast.  Name below shield with quadrants & diagonal cross.
Brass, one-piece low convex, 21.5 mm. 4.50

Ranby House School [Retford]. “Semper ad Coelestia” below shield
Brass, one-piece flat, 19 mm.
£2.50

Reading Blue Coat School. Demi-griffin above shield and “Veritas Omnia Vincit”
Silver plated, one-piece flat, 19.5 mm. £3.50
Silver plated, one-piece flat, 15 mm.
£2.50

Reading University.  Shield with cross, rose and three shells
Nickel, one-piece convex, 20mm. 3.50
Nickel, one-piece convex, 15 mm. 1.50

Repton School.  ”Pocta Vocat Culpa” below shield with three birds [GS 57-15]
Brass, one-piece flat, 19 mm. 3.50
Brass, one-piece flat, 15.5 mm. 1.50*

Rossall School. “Mens Agitat Molem” below tripartite shield with mitre and roses
Brass, one-piece flat, 20 mm. £3.50

Royal Military Academy [Sandhurst]. Name around GVI cypher, KC
Brass, two-piece convex, 25 mm. £4.50

Brass, two-piece convex, 18.5 mm. £2.50
Brass, two-piece convex, 18.5 mm. £2.50

Royal Military Academy [Sandhurst]. Name around EIIR cypher, QC
Brass, one-piece flat, 21 mm. £2.50

Rutlish School.Shield with diagonal patterns and dotted squares
Chrome, one-piece low convex, 19.5 mm. £1.50

St. Barnabas Church. “Saint Barnabas” as border around “Church” in Old English letters

Backmarks: “Jennens & Co., London”

Gilt brass, one-piece low convex, raised design, 26 mm. 12.50


St. Catherine’s School.
 Catherine wheel design around central plain field

Lacquered brass, two-piece convex, raised design, 16 mm. 6.00

Sources: Hand-written salesman’s specimen card [included]

St. Dunstans College, Catford.  Name & founding date "1888" around shield [GS 56-26]
Brass, one-piece flat, 20 mm. 3.50
Brass, one-piece flat, 14.5 mm. 1.50

St. Edward’s School, Oxford. “ESO” monogram in raised block serif letters [GS 56-27]

Brass, one-piece flat, 19 mm. £3.50

St. John’s College [Cambridge].  Quartered shield within segmented border [GB p.343]
Brass, two-piece convex, 18.5mm. 2.50

St.John’s College, Oxford. “St” above “JC” in Old English lettering  

Backmarks: “C. Jennens, London” with plumes trademark

Brass, one-piece flat, raised design, 15 mm. 7.50

 

St. Leonard Shoreditch Workhouse. “St.” above “LS” in large serif letters

Backmarks: “E-W. Jackson, 58 Gracechurch St. London”

Brass, one-piece low convex, raised design, 25 mm. 9.50

St. Luke’s College, Exeter [1839-1978].Name in Latin below crossed keys in shield & mitre
Chrome, one-piece low convex, 15 mm. £1.50

St. Mark’s Hospital. “St. Mark’s Hospital” around Queen Victoria Crown

Backmarks: “Jennens & Co. London”

Silver plated, two-piece convex, 15 mm. 5.00

 

St. Mary-Le-Bone Central National School. “St.Mary-Le-Bone” as border around “C.N.S”, in serif letters

Backmarks: None

Brass,two-piece, low convex, raised design, 19 mm. 7.50

 

Shrewsbury School. “Intus Si Recte Ne Labora” below quartered shield and crown

Brass, one-piece flat, 20 mm. £4.50


Shrewsbury School, Officer Cadets.
  "Intvs Si Recte Ne Labora" around "SOC" monogram 

Brass, two-piece convex, 16 mm. 1.50  

Sidney Sussex College [Cambridge].“Dieu Me Garde de Calumnie” around pheon and “SSCC”
Brass, one-piece low convex, 15 mm. £4.50

St. Margaret & St. John. “St. Margaret & St. John Westminster” around a portcullis

Backmarks: “C. & J. Weldon, London”

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


Stonyhurst College.  “Quant Je Puis” below displayed eagle
Chrome, one-piece low convex, 19.5 mm. 2.50

                         

St. Paul’s School. Shield with three deer and a chevron with circles 

Brass, two-piece convex, raised design, 25 mm. 4.50 [O.T.C.]

Brass, two-piece convex, raised design, 16 mm. 2.50 [O.T.C.]

Sutton Valence School.  “A.D.1576” above shield with three roses & two stars
Nickel, one-piece flat, 19 mm. 4.50

Taunton School. Name and “Ora et Labora” around shield
Brass, one-piece low convex, 19 mm. £4.50

Tettenhall College. “Timor Domini Initium Sapientiae” below shield with book, rope and swords

Brass, one-piece flat, raised design, 19 mm. 4.50  

Trinity College, Dublin.  Name & motto in Latin around shield & "1591" [GS 57-21]
Brass, one-piece convex, 23 mm. 7.50

Trinity College, Dublin.  Name & motto in Latin around shield & "1591" [GS 57-21]
Nickel, one-piece convex, 23 mm. 7.50
Nickel, one-piece convex, 14 mm. 3.50

Trinity Hall Cambridge. Shield with crescent in ermined border [CA p.47]

Silver plated, one-piece flat, 20 mm. £3.50

 

Truro Cathedral School. "Schola Truron Cath" with shield on star  

Backmarks: “C.& J.Weldon, London”

Gilt, two-piece convex, raised design, 18 mm. 4.50


Victoria College, Jersey.
Three leopards vertically in irregular shield, KC [GS 56-29]

Brass, one-piece convex, 18 mm.£2.50

Warwick School.  Shield with three birds above a cross & fleur-de-lis [GS 56-30]
Brass, one-piece low convex, 19.5 mm. 3.50

Wellington College. Crest with lion supporters and “Virtutis Fortuna Comes”

Brass, two-piece convex, 17 mm. £1.50


West Monmouth School
[Wales]. “Serve and Obey” below crest with animal supporters

Brass, one-piece flat, 15 mm. £1.50


Whitgift School
 [Type 1]. Cross fleury with five roundels on waved background 

Backmarks: None

Chrome, two-piece convex, raised design, 24 mm. 2.50 

Winchester College.  "Manners Maketh Man" below royal motto & mitre around shield
Brass, one-piece convex, 20 mm. 3.50

PAST PUPIL SOCIETIES

Old Etonian Association.  "OEA" between stylised flowers [GS 47-25].
Brass, one-piece convex, 15 mm. 1.50

Old Haylebury Society.  "OHS" below winged heart 
Gilt, one-piece convex, 20.5 mm. 1.50     
Gilt, one-piece convex, 14 mm. 0.75

Old Rugbeian Society [1967 on].  "ORS" in Old English letters [DB G111]
Gilt, one-piece convex, 22 mm. 2.50

Old Tauntonians Society.  “OTS” in thirties lettering [TBC]
Brass, one-piece convex, 15 mm. 1.50

Old Whitgiftians. A cross fleury [GS 57-22]

Brass, one-piece flat, 18.5 mm. £2.50

VARIOUS

London & Home Counties Joint Education Authority. Name around “JEA” script letters

Brass, two-piece convex, 17 mm. £1.50