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    P.O.D Post Office Department Button/Horstmann & Bros.Co. Phil/Unlisted?

    Hello,

    A friend of mine found this button while bottle digging. I checked Albert's but did not see this variant. The back reads "Horstmann & Bros.Co. Phil". The book lists this backmark as 1859-63. Is it an unlisted variant. Thoughts?

    Thanks,

    Stu
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    Sep 2006
    Montana
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    Re: P.O.D Post Office Department Button/Horstmann & Bros.Co. Phil/Unlisted?

    This from the below listed site:

    Postmaster General Alexander W. Randall's order of
    October 31, 1868, describing the first official uniform for
    letter carriers, specified that the uniform coat have "five
    brass buttons with the design of the seal of this
    Department," that the vest have "seven oval brass
    buttons (vest size) with the letters P.O. on the face," and
    that the cap have "small size buttons at the sides of the
    same material and design, as those of the vest . . ."
    Centered in the middle of the coat button was a likeness
    of a post rider, a mounted carrier galloping at speed with
    mailbags on horseback. In 1873, regulations specified
    that the initials "P.O.D." (for Post Office Department)
    appear under the rider.
    Some versions of the button
    also had the initials "U.S.A." along the top. The vest and
    cap buttons were smaller and simply had the letters
    "P.O." raised in the center.

    http://www.usps.com/postalhistory/_p...rbuttons05.pdf

    Looks like your's is a design from post 1873... While your back mark (HORSTMANN BROS & CO. / PHILA) dates 1859-1863 - it may be that old backs were used with newer button tops.

 

 

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