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    Navy button, what time period?

    Quick one. What time period?
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    Re: Navy button, what time period?

    This looks like one I found. What is the size of it?

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    Re: Navy button, what time period?

    Quote Originally Posted by diving doc
    That is Navy and not Marine Corp, right? I'd guess Continental since there are 13 stars.

    Doc
    Nope, I don't think so. Continental Navy/Rev. War era buttons were usually one-piece, and that's a two-piece button.

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    Re: Navy button, what time period?

    Can you read any backmark? Can be older than 1850 depending on what button company made it.
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    Re: Navy button, what time period?

    The button posted by Dg39 appears to be a modern (post-1940) civilian dress or blazer button, loosely imitating the design of the U.S. Navy uniform buttons which first appeared in the late 1840's and were mandated for wear by the Navy in 1852. For convenience, collectors often cite a starting date of "about 1850."

    • Eagle perched on horizontal anchor (eagle sometimes facing left, sometimes right)
    • Typically with cannonballs underneath (often three, but sometimes more)
    • Surrounded by stars (usually 13, but at least one variety has only 11)
    • Typically with a border and circle of rope, but in some cases only one of the two

    No buttons of this description or pattern were ever used by the Continental Navy, or by the U.S. Navy prior to the time period cited.

    The same basic design remained in use by the Navy until 1941, but has been widely copied for civilian wear ever since.

    Not only is the button of two-piece construction, as Lord Marcovan has noted, but it also has a stamped self-shank on the back— a feature especially common on inexpensive blazer buttons, and one not found on pre-1900 military buttons.



 

 

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