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ID for a button

Post by HampshireHunters » Thu Apr 20, 2017 7:36 pm

We have found an old button. 23mm diameter. The front is fairly clear. The back says 'Birmingham' and it looks like 'Harrison'.

Garret Ace 400i
Jewellery setting
5 inches deep
In a field

Thanks for your help identifying it.
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Re: ID for a button

Post by deusdave » Thu Apr 20, 2017 7:49 pm

I think its a General Services button. Do a search for ''lion and unicorn button'' ::g

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Re: ID for a button

Post by jeff82 » Thu Apr 20, 2017 10:35 pm

That's a lovely button .. always interesting the verity ..

I looked at the lion unicorn button as listed above and there's some great examples .. there's even a modern 50pence piece with the same insignia ..

Well found ::g
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Re: ID for a button

Post by Saffron » Thu Apr 20, 2017 11:55 pm

Agree its an Army General Service button.

Other Ranks wore 'General Service' buttons from 1871 until after the First World War (the same pattern throughout the whole Army). But if you do more research you might be able to narrow the date range down by the crown.

I need to go to specsavers so unsure of the text on the back but if as you say it is Harrison Birmingham there was a Harrison & Smith Ltd based in Alma Street, Birmingham producing buttons in the 1870's (but the buttons were stamped "Harrison & Smith") - could be related.

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Re: ID for a button

Post by HampshireHunters » Fri Apr 21, 2017 10:48 am

Great replies, thanks. On closer inspection, it does indeed appear to be Harrison & Smith in Birmingham. This page http://www.ukdfd.co.uk/pages/buttonsgtom.html suggest it's 1870s. Thanks again to all for your help.

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