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  1. #16
    Oct 2006
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    Quote Originally Posted by CRUSADER View Post
    Circa 1860s Livery Button
    It's really difficult to read but I think the back says FIRMIN.

    1850's - 1875 if the back-mark says "FIRMIN & SONS LONDON".

    If it says FIRMIN & SONS LD LONDON, it's late 19th to early 20th C.
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  2. #17
    Sadly not one of the IDed families on this site for the Portcullis.

    to the OP, this one will clean up well with lemon juice.

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  3. #18

    Feb 2020
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    Quote Originally Posted by Red-Coat View Post
    Below is a portcullis, but I'm not sure what's sitting on top of it. A crowned portcullis has been used by some British regiments, Government bodies and as the British Houses of Parliament insignia since the early 1900s, but you won't ever see it represented like that, or with that crown. It's a (non-British) Count/Baron's coronet. It is, as said, just a bit of fantasy heraldry intended to look impressive.
    Thank you for providing historical context on this. The button was found in a field in the Tiverton, RI area which is not all that far from Newport, RI so makes sense. Appreciate the information!

  4. #19

    Feb 2020
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    great information, thank you!


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