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Below are some buttons that I need help in identifying! If you can provide any additional information on any of these, I would be very grateful. I will add information to the descriptions as I get them, and plan to leave it there for awhile, so hopefully others will also benefit from the ID and information.

Please email me at: Diana's Buttons to pass on any information you can provide about the buttons below.

Thanks for looking, and for any help you are able to provide!!


Card of Japanese/Oriental Uniform Buttons The owner of this card has been placing her uniform buttons on cards by country and/or region. This card has many Japanese and other Oriental buttons on it. While many of the buttons have a general ID (like Japanese school) - the owner was wondering if anyone can give any names to the schools? Or even confirm the general ID for any of these. View the full size picture of this tray. The buttons have each been numbered to help get the correct ID with the proper button. Thanks so much!


The buttons below were identified with lots of help! I hope you will find this information useful!


Italian Navy This button was found on the Greek Isand of Kythira near an old Venetian Fort. The backmark says: CORINALDI & RIZZI SA MILANO. It has been identified as a Pre WWII Italian Navy Button. Thanks to Tim, Ross and Mike for their help in identifying this button!
Inns of Court - Ripley's 370 This is a British military button. It is from a London based Regiment, called the Inns of Court (sometimes styled 'The Devil's Own'.....). Originally recruited amongst the Law Courts (Inns). I believe this button was used from Great War period up to about 1961. Thanks to Jim, Scott, and Keith especially for sending the ID on this one, after I MISSED it in Ripley's! BIG Ooops!
Inspector Button. This button was dug from a known British encampment during the war of 1812. The front of this piece has the words "Inspectors Of British American Militia" and on the back it has "Charles Jennens London". From Allen: Your button marked Inspector of British American Militia is one that was used in Canada around the War of 1812. The name sounds misleading but it refers to British owned North America or Canada. By then they had lost the southern part of the continent. During the same years and thereafter Canada faced the Lower and Upper rebellions and there were hundreds of militia groups from all the different provinces pressed into service. It was the duty of the these inspectors to make sure the goods got to where they were going and used properly. Thanks Allen!! !!
Chinese Court Button This button has a Josh Starkey, 23 Conduit Street, London backmark (which should date it approx. 1859-1877). This is believed to be a Chinese court button.
Shanghai Volunteer Corps, Officier's Button This button was found in a garden in Monroe, Washington, USA (North and East of Seattle). It says April 4th, 1854 around the top, with the initials SVC in script in the center. With the help of Jim and Kim pointing me in the right direction, and Karl who has a wonderful web site on The Shanghai Volunteer Corps, we were able to identify this! Thanks to Karl for letting me post a picture of the acutal button, as well. THANKS!
Ville De Hull Arms - Rene Chartrand, the famous Canadian researcher and author, has IDed this Canadian button as bearing the arms of the former Ville de Hull (from Quebec, Canada) now absorbed into the Ville de Gatineau. He believes that it is either Municipal or Fire Brigade.
Middle East #4 This is an Abu Dhabi Police button, found in one of the Doku Archiv's by Otto in Germany.
Middle East #6 This has been confirmed to be a Qatar (or Quatar) Police button. It was found illustrated in the Dokumenten Archiv, Nr. 39, on Police, Middle East by Otto in Germany.
Middle East #10 This is a Bahrain Police button. It was also found in the Archiv, Nr. 39 by Otto in Germany!
Middle East #11 This is a Dubai Police button, again found in Archiv, Nr. 39 by Otto. Thanks Otto!!
Irish Customs Button. Thank-you to Jim in Australia, who has a buddy that collects customs buttons. He recognized this button as being in his friend's collection, ID'd as Irish Customs.
This button is brass, and says "Societe De L' Union Generale" on the front, with the backmark Dugour * Paris *. It appears this is a BANK! Someone on our milbuttons list (Kenya Keith?) sent information found in German that this was a bank, and now I have a page from the French National Archives listing banks and lending institutions - showing the Societe De L'Union Generale with a date of 1882 (under item #3, last entry). Hooray!! Thanks to everyone who has helped try to ID this button, with special thanks to Michel in France for sending the archives listing to me!
Austrian Post Office Button. It appears to be made of aluminum, and has a scalloped-type (non-verbal) backmark. I had been told this was a Norweign post office button, but thanks to Gerard, I now know this is Austrian instead! Thanks so much!
15th Lancers (Cureton's Multanis), Indian Cavalry, 1903-1922 BM J. R. Gaunt & Son Ltd, Late Jennens, London, 25 mm, Brass or Bronze, Spun Back. Found in "Buttons of the Indian Army, Vol 1, Cavalry" by Lieutenant Colonel N.W. Poulsom, published by Military Press International of Milton Keynes in 1998. Thank-you so much to Daniel, Gerard and Denis for your wonderful help in IDing this button!!


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