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Buttons of the UK's Royal Navy

This reference material compiled and copyright © by Tim Burt, Hamwic House, PO Box 895, Elora, Ontario, Canada, N0B 1S0. It is reprinted here with permission. Please feel free to write or email Tim if you have additional information to add!


Royal Navy Buttons of Rank

At First, Pre-1774 buttons consisted of a plain white metal, (pewter), or later with a rose or rose-like device in the center.






RN Flag Officier - 1748
In Pewter or Silver
In Use 1748-1787
RN Captain/Commander - 1748
RN Lieutanant - 1748
RN Midshipman - 1748
In Use 1748-1774
RN Lieutenant - 1748
(Undress)
In Pewter or Silver
In Use 1748-1774
RN Lieutenant - pre-1748
(Hand Engraved Version)
In Pewter or Silver
In Use 1748-1774

In 1774 a fouled anchor, plain edge or surrounded by rope edging, took the place of the Rose. In 1787, the same design, with the addition of a wreath of laurel leaves, was adopted for the Admirals.







RN Capt/Commander - 1774
RN Master - 1787
RN Surgeon - 1787
RN Purser - 1787
RN Warrant Officer - 1787
RN Midshipman - 1787
In Use 1774-1787
RN Capt/Commander - 1774
Variation
In Use 1774-1787
RN RN Flag Officier - 1787
In Use 1787-1812
RN Capt/Commander - 1787
RN Lieutanant - 1787
After this issue, Lieutenant will use same design as Captain's Button.
In Use 1787-1795
RN Capt/Commander - 1795
RN Lieutanant - 1795
In Use 1795-1812






RN Surgeon At Sea - 1805
After this issue, a Surgeon will use
same design as a Captain's Button.
In Use 1805-1812
RN Surgeon At Sea - 1805
After this issue, a Surgeon will use
same design as a Captain's Button.
Variation
In Use 1805-1812
RN Surgeon In Hospital - 1805
After this issue, a Surgeon will use
same design as a Captain's Button.
In Use 1805-1812
RN Master - 1805
In Use 1805-1812
RN Purser - 1807
In Use 1807-1812

When the Merchant Navy started to use the fouled anchor design, a crown was added to all naval officiers buttons, starting in 1812. This same basic design remains in use today.







RN Flag Officier - 1812
In Use 1812-1825
RN Lieutanant - 1812
RN Midshipman - 1812
After this issue, a Midshipman will use
same design as a Captain's Button.
In Use 1812-1825
RN Master - 1812
In Use 1812-1825
RN Purser - 1812
In Use 1812-1825
RN Petty Officier - 1812
Notice no rope border
In Use 1812-1843





RN Capt/Commander - 1825
RN Lieutenant - 1825
RN Midshipman - 1825
In Use 1825-1827
RN Master - 1825
After this issue, a Master will use
same design as a Captain's Button.
In Use 1825-1827
RN Purser - 1825
After this issue, a Purser will use
same design as a Captain's Button.
In Use 1825-1827
RN Flag Officer - 1825
In Use 1825-1843





RN Capt/Commander - 1827
RN Master - 1832
RN Surgeon - 1832
RN Purser - 1832
RN Midshipman - 1832
In Use 1825-1843
RN Flag Officer - 1843
In Use 1843-1891
RN Capt/Commander - 1843
RN Master - 1843
RN Surgeon - 1843
RN Purser - 1843
RN Midshipman - 1843
RN Warrant Off. - 1843
After this issue, a Warrant Officer
will use same design as Captain.
In Use 1843-1891
RN Petty Officer - 1843
No Maker's Name
Notice no rope border
In Use 1843-1891






RN Flag Officer - 1891
In Use 1891-1901
RN Capt/Commander - 1891
RN Lieutenant - 1891
RN Master - 1891
RN Surgeon - 1891
RN Purser - 1891
RN Midshipman - 1891
RN Warrant Off. - 1891
After this issue, all officers with
ranks lower than Captain, will be
referred to as "Other Ship's Officers.
In Use 1891-1901
RN Capt/Commander - 1891
RN Lieutenant - 1891
RN Master - 1891
RN Surgeon - 1891
RN Purser - 1891
RN Midshipman - 1891
RN Warrant Off. - 1891
After this issue, all officers with
ranks lower than Captain, will be
referred to as "Other Ship's Officers.
Actual Button Shown
In Use 1891-1901
RN Petty Officer - 1891
No Maker's Name
Black Bakelite material
In Use 1891-1901
RN Petty Officer - 1891
No Maker's Name
Gilded Brass material
In Use 1891-1901





RN Flag Officer - 1902
In Use 1901-1952
RN Flag Officer - 1902
Actual button example
In Use 1901-1953
RN Capt/Commander - 1901
Other Ship's Officers - 1901
In Use 1901-1952
RN Capt/Commander - 1901
Other Ship's Officers - 1901
In Use 1901-1952





RN Capt/Commander - 1901
Other Ship's Officers - 1901
Variation Type
In Use 1901-1952
RN Petty Officer - 1901
In Use 1901-1952
RN Flag Officer - 1953
In use 1952-current
RN Capt/Commander - 1953
Other Ship's Officers - 1953
In Use 1952-current


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