Jul 04, 2012, 11:34 AM
Need help with this button
Just found this in my yard this morning. It's probably brass (VDI +74), measures 7/8" in diameter. The back looks like "G.W. Simmons & Co." with some other markings - possibly S08 or 508. I thought it might be a more modern button until I searched the web for G.W. Simmons and found that company made buttons from 1850-1870. Can anyone provide more info or id that logo? I'm really curious now.
Jul 04, 2012, 12:37 PM
Last edited by CATFISH; Jul 04, 2012 at 08:42 PM.
Jul 04, 2012, 12:56 PM
That would be a fun one to know what it stands for. I first thought it was just a fashion button but a closer looks shows what almost looks like the scales of justice and a pair of "B" intertwined. Faternal perhaps. Interesting find.
Jul 04, 2012, 01:09 PM
Does it say BOSTON?
Last edited by Bigcypresshunter; Jul 04, 2012 at 01:14 PM.
Jul 04, 2012, 01:36 PM
Nope. Mine's not "& son's" but "& co"
Originally Posted by Bigcypresshunter
Jul 04, 2012, 02:01 PM
Yes sir I noticed that but I was wondering if yours said BOSTON.
Originally Posted by Johnnoh
My question : "Does it say BOSTON?"
Your answer: "Nope. ..."
Last edited by Bigcypresshunter; Jul 04, 2012 at 02:15 PM.
Jul 04, 2012, 02:11 PM
This is your button. I took the time to draw it out on paint. You may want to reconsider because I think it fits.
The back looks like "G.W. Simmons & Co." with some other markings - possibly S08 or 508
BTW a very interesting button from an interesting company. I may search when I get a chance.
Last edited by Bigcypresshunter; Jul 04, 2012 at 02:30 PM.
Jul 04, 2012, 02:27 PM
George W. Simmons & Co., Boston, Oak Hill, 32-37 North Street, also in Philadelphia. Jewelers, clothiers and dry goods from c. 1836 to c. 1887. Advertised army & naval officers iniforms on Jun 6, 1862 (Boston Post). In 1869-70, the firm became G.W. Simmons Bros. & Co. In 1881 firm was G.W.Simmons and Son; from 1882 it was G.W.Simmons & Co. Buttons probably are all post CW.
Last edited by Bigcypresshunter; Jul 04, 2012 at 02:32 PM.
Jul 04, 2012, 02:55 PM
I think its 3 Bs.
Originally Posted by duggap
Jul 04, 2012, 03:23 PM
I can see Boston now - not numbers if you turn it the other way.
Originally Posted by Bigcypresshunter
Jul 04, 2012, 06:56 PM
It looks like post CW 1882-1887 but I havent found a match.
I see three Bs intertwined and a cross. I wonder if its upside down?
Last edited by Bigcypresshunter; Jul 04, 2012 at 07:02 PM.
Jul 04, 2012, 08:59 PM
I've seen that exact logo before. It is a Baptist Boys Brigade uniform button. To see a non-excavated one, go here: 5197 - Waterbury Button
The Baptist Boys Brigade was founded in 1887. To learn more about its history, follow the links at: "Baptist Boys Brigade" button - Ask.com Search
Jul 04, 2012, 09:03 PM
Originally Posted by TheCannonballGuy
Great ID CBG!. I actually searched Waterbury but I was searching two Bs. It is a cross and a crown I guess..
Last edited by Bigcypresshunter; Jul 04, 2012 at 09:07 PM.
Jul 04, 2012, 09:13 PM
Thanks for all your help! It would be cool to find out how it got on my property, but that's something we'll never know.
Jul 04, 2012, 09:44 PM
Was it found under an old clothesline?
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