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 Revolutionary War Buttons


AMERICAN REVOLUTIONARY WAR BUTTONS

8711 - CONTINENTAL ARTILLERY COAT BUTTON, New Item 21mm, cast brass with raised motif of cannon and Grand Union flag, ACA.a, as usual the sweated on copper loop is missing, excavated in a winter camp in Morristown, NJ. After two significant victories over the British in Trenton and Princeton, New Jersey, General George Washington marches north to Morristown, New Jersey, where he set up winter headquarters for himself and the men of the Continental Army on January 6th, 1777. The hills surrounding the camp offered Washington a perfect vantage point from which to keep an eye on the British army, which was headquartered across the Hudson River in New York City. Morristown's position also allowed Washington to protect the roads leading from the British strongholds in New Jersey to New England and the roads leading to Philadelphia, where the leaders of the American Revolution were headquartered. Excellent details, nice surfaces....................................................$850.00

8712 - CONTINENTAL ARTILLERY COAT BUTTON, New Item 21mm, cast brass with raised motif of cannon and Grand Union flag, ACA.a, as usual the sweated on copper loop is missing, excavated in a winter camp in Morristown, NJ. After two significant victories over the British in Trenton and Princeton, New Jersey, General George Washington marches north to Morristown, New Jersey, where he set up winter headquarters for himself and the men of the Continental Army on January 6th, 1777. The hills surrounding the camp offered Washington a perfect vantage point from which to keep an eye on the British army, which was headquartered across the Hudson River in New York City. Morristown's position also allowed Washington to protect the roads leading from the British strongholds in New Jersey to New England and the roads leading to Philadelphia, where the leaders of the American Revolution were headquartered. Excellent details, nice surfaces, a tad sharper than #8711.............................................................$895.00

3118 - USA CONTINENTAL BUTTON, 19mm, pewter issue, strong "SA" with partial "U" showing, some pie crust edge remains, no shank. The field is rather smooth as most are really rough. A representative specimen...................................................SOLD

8801 - EARLY US 2ND REGIMENT BUTTON, 1798 - 1802, 2 within legend UNITED STATES, GI - 282R, 15mm, small cuff, complete with shank bent, quite nice with a majority of the legend intact which is rare on these pewter buttons...............................................$125.00

8802 - EARLY US 4TH REGIMENT BUTTON, 1798 - 1802, 4 within legend of UNITED STATES, GI - 28R4, strong 4 partial legend as mostly seen on these pewter issues, 15mm cuff, shank there bent back, scarce.................................................SOLD

THE MASSACHUSETTS ORDINANCE BUTTONS OF 1778

122413 - FRENCH LOTTERY BUTTON, 24mm, turret shank, large coat issue plain face, imported from France in 1778 and used on different uniforms due to necessity. Dug by Wendell Lang in the 1970's in the Hudson Highlands. Trifle edge chip, uncommon, some pewter bright plate on the reverse...............$125.00

1074 - MASSACHUSETTS ORDINANCE BUTTONS OF 1778, 7TH REGIMENT, AMO7F, 17mm, turret shank, 7 within partial circle, made in France and imported in 1778 for the state of Massachusetts, found in Hudson Highlands. Partial turret shank, clear face with bold 7, quite reasonable.................................................SOLD


1076 - MASSACHUSETTS 6TH REGIMENT OF 1781
, AM6.a, 23mm, enlisted man large size, 1st pattern with scalloped border and letters MAS over Roman numeral VI atop REG, excavated at Camp Robinson's Farm, with shank, good form to the edges, each detail quite evident, rare so nice...........................................
$850.00

8010 - 2ND MASSACHUSETTS ORDNANCE BUTTON OF 1778, 17mm, white metal, turret shank, AMO2.d, manufactured in France for the Colony of Massachusetts. Arabic 2 within broken circle, beautiful face with slight traces of plate. As nice as you will find! Found at Robinson's Farm, NY, in September 1971..................................................SOLD

8011 - 7ND MASSACHUSETTS ORDNANCE BUTTON OF 1778, 17mm, white metal, turret shank, AMO7.f, manufactured in France for the Colony of Massachusetts. Arabic 7 within broken circle, beautiful face with slight traces of plate. As nice as you will find! Found at Robinson's Farm, NY, in September 1971...................................................SOLD

8012 - 9TH MASSACHUSETTS ORDNANCE BUTTON OF 1778, 17mm, white metal, turret shank, AMO9.h manufactured in France for the Colony of Massachusetts. Arabic 9 within broken circle, beautiful face with very slight traces of plate. As nice as you will find! Found at Robinson's Farm, NY, in September 1971.............................................................$325.00

10607 - MASS. ORDINANCE BUTTON 2ND REGIMENT 1778, AMO2.d, small cuff 17mm, 2 within circle, with turret shank, imported in 1778 from France by Massachusetts. Bold features, excavated Hudson Highlands, Very fine.........................................$295.00

2127 - MASSACHUSETTS IX REGIMENT, 1781, large coat, MASS over IX wreath below, clear IX, edge irregular, no shank.......................................SOLD

2138 - UNIFORM BUTTONS OF THE UNITED STATES, 1776 - 1865, Warren K. Tice. 519 pages 8 - 1/2" X 11", hundreds of pictures and descriptions of buttons! This book contains many buttons not covered in Albert's, and also lists every known back mark for each button. There are also chapters on four leading manufactures, with histories of the companies and great photos of their back marks. State buttons section includes buttons all the way back to the American Revolution, with the United State section starting in about 1830, and a section covering the completed period of Confederate manufacture. Out of print...have a few left...................................................$150.00 [have seen on Ebay at $200+] NEW - Still in cellophane wrappers

1160 - 7TH REGIMENT US, INFANTRY, 1798 - 1802 BUTTON, R-7V, US Infantry, 7 within UNITED STATES, n/s, nice clear face with minimum edge erosion as usually seen, excavated Fort Adams, Mississippi Territory, overall fine for type.................................$100.00

11182 - 4TH REGIMENT US ARMY 1798-1802, 14mm, small vest, 4 surrounded by UNITED STATES, GI-28R4, with shank bent back, dark black patina, weak at edge, from an undetermined Southern site..........................................$75.00


BRITISH REVOLUTIONARY WAR BUTTONS

8127 - BUTLERS RANGERS, REVOLUTIONARY WAR, 16mm enlistedman's button, no shank, pewter, T-LBR.g. An edge chip does not interfere with the legend in two lines. BUTLERS: RANGERS, parts of legend weak but discernible with RANGERS slightly stronger than BUTLERS. The button is somewhat better in hand. Butler's Rangers (1777 - 1784) was a Loyalist, British provincial military unit of the American Revolutionary War, raised by Loyalist John Butler. Most members of the regiment were Loyalists from upstate New York. Among the Rangers was also a body of African American former slaves, the total number of their presence in Butler's Rangers is unknown, with estimates ranging from two to "more than a dozen." While some served in other Loyalist units and as sappers in the Engineer Corps and Royal Artillery, Sir William Howe prohibited their enlistment in the British Army, and ordered the disbandment of existing black regiments. The Rangers were accused of participating in -- or at least failing to prevent -- the Wyoming Valley massacre of July 1778 and the Cherry Valley massacre of November 1778 of European settlers (including some Loyalists) by Iroquois forces under the command of Joseph Brant. These actions earned the Rangers a reputation for ruthlessness no holds barred warfare tactics. They fought principally in Western New York and Pennsylvania, but ranged as far west as Ohio and Michigan and as far south as Virginia. If un-chipped and somewhat sharper a $800+ button and very desirable. Tough to find in any condition.....................................................SOLD


900 - REVOLUTIONARY WAR, BRITISH NAVY BUTTON
, 16mm, small brass cuff button, anchor devise incised, smooth patina, clear devise under the glassy patina, found in Georgia most probably in the Savannah area. [SHARPER THAN PHOTO]............................
$80.00

5002 - NEW YORK - KING'S AMERICAN REGIMENT, 3RD AMERICAN REGIMENT, T-LNYV.b, Enlisted man's pattern, large size, pewter, 24mm, raise motif of oak leaves within double concentric ring with a crown and letters NYV. No shank but clear details and good edge form. New York City find. In New York in 1776, Forts Clinton and Montgomery in 1777. Siege of Savannah and Charleston, returned to New York in 1782. A very rare seldom seen Loyalist New York Button.....................................................SOLD

121801 - 3RD REGIMENT SCOTS GUARDS, 1775-1783, 24mm, enlisted man's pattern, T-B3G-e, motif of rays with 3G divided by a thistle, pewter, dug New York, with loop shank. Sharp face, mottled brown patina, nice form to edges, uncommon...................................$195.00

5002 - 3RD REGIMENT OF FOOT, SCOTS GUARDS, 16mm, Enlisted man's pewter issue, rays from center 3G divided by a thistle, 1775-1783 pattern, no shank, B3G.e, Found in NY City. Nice face slight bend at edge but does not detract from face. Fought at the Battle of Brooklyn and the Battle of White Plains. The following year, in September, the composite Foot Guards took part in the Battle of Brandywine and the Battle of Germantown. Later at Guilford CH and Yorktown. Scarce...................................SOLD

5004 - 10TH REGIMENT OF FOOT, 17mm, pewter, plain face with incised Arabic 10, slightly domed, no shank, B-10.d, found Fort Haldimand, Lexington, Concord, Boston, NY Campaign 1776, Philadelphia campaign 1777, good form, ding at edge unaffecting the button's detail, a rare and desirable regiment..............................................SOLD

6009 - 21ST REGIMENT OF FOOT, 25mm large enlistedman's button, T-21.aa/v, small part of shank remaining, thistle and incised Arabic 21, Saratoga Campaign 1777, excavated in New York. Possibly a locally made mold without piecrust. Ex-Robert Thebert Collection. Above average, clear designs.......................$275.00

6011 - FRENCH AND INDIAN WAR, 15mm un-numbered British button excavated at a British campsite north of Albany, NY. c 1750 - 1765. Two typical air holes on the verso of the button. Basically cuff buttons. Fine and scarce on the market..............................................$45.00

5005 - 29TH REGIMENT OF FOOT, 17mm, pewter, enlisted man's pattern, B-29.i, plain face and relief Arabic 29, no shank, pattern 1771-73, found in Florida, superb face. A small part of the 29th involved in the Boston Massacre in 1770, later companies captured at Saratoga, Carlton Expedition in 1780, great form and face..................................................SOLD

10614 - RARE EXAMPLES OF BONE BACKING FOR REV. WAR BUTTONS DUG AT HUDSON HIGHLANDS, 4 bone cutouts from sections of bone that were remnants used in making bone backings for buttons in the Hudson Highland camp. Wonderfully preserved.......................................................$55.00

8713 - 46TH REGIMENT OF FOOT, pewter 17mm enlisted man's issue, no shank, raised 46 with cable border, B46.d, small blems from excavation, substantially better than the plate button [see page 108 Troiani], attack on Charleston, NY campaign of 1776, Brandywine, Germantown, Monmouth Court House, nice detail......................................SOLD

181 - 53rd REGIMENT OF FOOT - REV. WAR, B53.d, 21mm. N/S. Large enlisted manís pattern with raised scroll and dot 53 Arabic numerals within. Burgoyne Campaign of 1777, Mount Independence, Fort Ticonderoga, NY. Clear devises and nice edge form. Ex - Robert Thebert Sr. Collection.....................................$250.00  another slightly nicer, dug near Saratoga, NY............................................$300.00


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181b reverse

3117 - 60TH REGIMENT OF FOOT, 3RD BATTALION - REV. WAR, 16mm. Officer's silver copper button LX 3. Excavated near Ft. Ticonderoga, NY. 3rd Bat. Sent to NY in 1781 - 1783 incise designs. Unlisted in Troiani but in his new edition - a 60th, 4th Battalion button is listed as B60.dd of the same incise construction and metal with a different design. [That button is dated 1778 - 1790 -  Revolutionary War Period included]. Partial loop shank still exists. Ex. Robert Thebert Sr. Collection. RARE.....................................................SOLD

8715 - 69TH REGIMENT OF FOOT, pewter 17mm, no shank, B69.d, in NYC September 1781, 69 within oak leaf border, several found in NYC, good strong numerals........................................SOLD

8716 - 71TH REGIMENT OF FOOT, New Item pewter enlistedman's button, Fraser's Highlanders, incised 71, B71.nn, Siege of Charleston and Savannah, Camden, Guilford's Courthouse, Yorktown, edges as usual eroded, clear 71...................................................$125.00


FRENCH REVOLUTIONARY WAR BUTTONS

70607 - 2ND FRENCH REGIMENT, Provence Regiment, 21mm large 2 within decorative circle, brass, enlisted man's issue, turret shank, F2 X size not listed in Troiani, served as ship's garrison at Yorktown, undetermined site, Very fine............................................$155.00

80231 - YORKTOWN CAMPAIGN, 2ND REGIMENT FRENCH, 21 mm. Coat button, Parcardie Regiment, elements were at Yorktown as garrison troops, straight shank. Only a small cuff shown in Troiani noted as also coming from Yorktown. Scarce regiment.................................................$195.00

3220 - 7TH REGIMENT 'THE CHAMPAGNE REGIMENT', F7.c, enlistedman's large coat, turret shank, 22mm. Served in Rhode Island, Portsmouth, examples found at Yorktown, lovely face................................................$150.00

1061 - FRENCH 7TH REGIMENT, F7.c, turret shank, enlisted man's coat button, Champagne Regiment, very fine, excavated at Yorktown, VA. Scarce size...........................................$195.00

10612 - 7TH REGIMENT FRENCH, EXCAVATED AT WILLIAMSBURG, VA, 17mm, 7 within partial circle, turret shank, nice smooth surfaces, a scarcer regiment than most found in the Yorktown theater.......................................................$185.00

11175 - 8TH FRENCH REGIMENT, 17mm, cuff button. F8.e, Bearn Regiment later Agenois Regiment, turret shank, nice face, excavated near Yorktown, VA, fine.............................$145.00

11176 - 8TH FRENCH REGIMENT, 23mm, large coat button. F8.e, Bearn Regiment later Agenois Regiment, turret shank, nice face, excavated near Yorktown, VA, fine-VF, much scarcer than the cuff issue.......................................................$225.00

5180 - FRENCH 8TH REGIMENT, YORKTOWN, F8.e, The Bearn Regiment, large 8, cuff button with turret shank excavated at Yorktown, small size cuff flan. Ex - Robert Thebert, Sr. Collection.................................................$140.00

5182 - FRENCH 8TH REGIMENT, YORKTOWN, T-F8.e, The Bearn Regiment, 17mm cuff size, 8 within a partial circle, turret shank, nice sharp surfaces. Excavated at Yorktown, VA, nice green patina, exceptionally sharp.......................................$185.00

3221 - 13TH REGIMENT, 'BOURBONNAIS REGIMENT' F13.c, 16mm, enlistedman's cuff button, turret shank, unit at raid on Lloyd's Neck, NY, and Siege of Yorktown, fine..............................................$125.00


1062 - FRENCH 13TH REGIMENT
, F13.f, 17mm, turret shank, Bourbonnais Regiment, excavated at Yorktown, VA. Very fine...................
$145.00



8701A - 14TH FRENCH REGIMENT
, New Item
17mm, turret shank brass, Agenois Regiment, fought at siege of Pensacola, Savannah, Florida, Yorktown, not date as to site found. Fine.................................................$125.00

2203 - 14TH FRENCH REGIMENT, SIEGE OF YORKTOWN 1781, 22mm enlistedman's coat button with turret shank. Agenois Regiment, unlisted in Troiani [22mm]. This button was excavated near Yorktown, VA. Clear designs, some emerald green patination. Scarcer issue...............................$125.00

9808 - FRENCH 16TH REGIMENT, Forez Regiment, in 1779 became the 14th Regiment, 316 assumed by the Agenois Regiment, excellent face, [part of turret top missing on verso], 23mm, a variant of F16.a Regiment fought at Yorktown.................................................SOLD


3222 - 18TH REGIMENT, 'GATINOIS REGIMENT'
, F18.d, small cuff enlistedman's button with turret shank, 15mm, served at Savannah, Pensacola, Siege of Yorktown, very fine.......................................................
$125.00


1064 - FRENCH 18TH REGIMENT
, F18.d, 18mm, turret shank, small cuff issue, Gatinois Regiment, very fine, excavated at Yorktown, VA............
$145.00

7004 - 18TH FRENCH INFANTRY, Brass cuff button, Gatinois Regiment, F18.e, Savannah, Pensacola, FL. Siege of Yorktown 1781, 18mm, turret shank, superb face with smooth patina.......................................................$125.00

91306 - 21ST REGIMENT, FRENCH INFANTRY, REVOLUTIONARY WAR, 16mm, F21.d, enlisted man's cuff cotton, brass, excavated Yorktown, VA. Turret shank, sharp face, very fine example.........................................................$150.00

5183 - FRENCH 21ST REGIMENT, YORKTOWN, F21.e, Te Guyenne Regiment, 18mm small cuff button, 21 within a partial circle. Excavated at Yorktown, VA shank....................................................................$200.00

7005 - 25TH FRENCH INFANTRY, Brass coat button, F25.c, Brie Regiment, French Marines serving on the French fleet at Yorktown, originally the Aquitaine Regiment in 1775. Enlisted man's pattern 23mm. missing part of turret shank but the face is much nicer than the Troiani plate button with slight push, one of the scarcer Yorktown French buttons...................$165.00

91307 - 30TH FRENCH INFANTRY, REVOLUTIONARY WAR, F30.d, 17mm, cuff brass button, turret shank, excavated Yorktown, VA., "Dauphin Regiment." These buttons were used by the Soissonais Regiment in America. Very fine..............................................$150.00

3224 - 34TH REGIMENT, TOURRAINE REGIMENT, F34.v, enlistedman's cuff button, 15mm, turret shank, Siege of Yorktown Sept - Oct 1781, very nice face with nice patina............................................................$145.00

3225 - 34TH REGIMENT, TOURRAINE REGIMENT, F34.c, enlistedman's coat button, 20mm, brass, turret shank, Siege of Yorktown Sept - Oct 1781, nice scarce larger coat..................................$195.00


1065 - FRENCH 34TH REGIMENT
, F34, 16mm, size not listed in Troiani, turret shank, excavated at Yorktown, VA Touraine Regiment, very fine.......................................................
$145.00

1066 - FRENCH 41ST REGIMENT, F41.e, 17mm, enlisted man cuff button, Soissonnais Regiment, excavated at Yorktown, VA. Turret shank, very fine..................................................SOLD


1067 - FRENCH 55TH REGIMENT
, unlisted button as regiment was not officially in the American campaigns although this button found at Yorktown, VA. Probably by a detached soldier, small cuff 17mm, Royal Roussillon Regiment, very fine...................
$115.00

80232 - YORKTOWN CAMPAIGN, 59TH REGIMENT FRENCH, 22mm. Coat button, Rouergere Regiment, missing the straight shank, solid face with clear designs and 59, light green patina. A very scarce regiment.............................$185.00

8702 - 64TH FRENCH REGIMENT, New Item brass 23mm, turret shank, 64 within double scroll motif, enlistedman's pattern, FA-64C, French Artillery, collection data shows no site but the same button as been excavated at Yorktown, VA. Excellent surfaces.......................$185.00


3226 - 64TH REGIMENT, ARTILLERY
, FA - 64c, 22mm. Brass coat issue with turret shank, double scroll motif, light green patina. Yorktown Sept - Oct. 1781, very scarce....................................
SOLD


8703 - 72ND FRENCH REGIMENT
, New Item
brass 23mm, turret shank, F-72C, collection date site not noted but others alike found at Savannah and Pensacola, beautiful surfaces......................................................$150.00

91308 - 72ND FRENCH INFANTRY, REVOLUTIONARY WAR
, F-72.d, 15mm, brass turret shank, excavated at Savannah. Excellent face, Siege of Savannah, nice face............................................
$150.00

2011 - FRENCH 77TH REGIMENT OF INFANTRY, known as the Beaujolais Regiment from 1776 - 1786, cuff officers button with bone backing, non dug. 17mm, variant of F77. Old cat gut ties existent. Dug examples of the 77th Infantry enlistedman's button have been found at Yorktown, choice....................................................$175.00

2012 - FRENCH 77TH REGIMENT OF INFANTRY, known as the Beaujolais Regiment from 1776 - 1786, large officers button with bone backing, non dug 25.0mm, variant of F77. Old cat gut ties existent. Dug examples of the 77th Infantry enlistedman's button have been found at Yorktown, choice..........................$225.00


8704 - 85TH FRENCH REGIMENT
, New Item
brass 23mm, turret shank, Saintonge Regiment, F-85E, 85 within scroll motif, found at Yorktown, VA. Very good........................................$165.00 

7007 - 85TH FRENCH INFANTRY, Brass coat button, F85.c, 23mm, enlisted man's pattern, large 85, Saintonge Regiment, Raid on Lloyd's Neck, Siege of Yorktown 1781, with turret shank, nice ground action, mellow brown patina..............................................$165.00

9809 - FRENCH 85TH REGIMENT OF INFANTRY, known as the Saintonge Regiment, the 85th fought at Yorktown and the raid on Lloyd's Neck in July 1781. Maj. Gen. Vicomte de Viomenil commanded this regimen, large coat, turret shank, 22mm. F85.c variant, uncommon large size...................................................................$175.00

2013 - FRENCH 85TH REGIMENT OF INFANTRY, known as the Saintonge Regiment, the 85th fought at Yorktown and the raid on Lloyd's Neck in July 1781. Maj. Gen. Vicomte de Viomenil commanded this regiment. Officers cuff button with bone back and cat gut ties. 17mm, F85.b. Choice non-dug condition.............$195.00


8705 - FRENCH NAVY BUTTON
, brass 23.5 mm, turret shank, FCN.f, Anchor within concentric circles, enlisted man's coat button, scarce larger coat size button, undetermined site, very fine.......................................................
SOLD


8706 - FRENCH NAVY BUTTON
, brass 17 mm, FCN.h, small cuff button, anchor within circle motif, turret shank excavated at Yorktown, VA. Very fine, strong details...........................................................
SOLD

8707 - FRENCH NAVY BUTTON, New Item brass 17mm, FCN.b, small cuff button, anchor within circle motif, very fine, turret shank, strong details, site undetermined in collection notes...................................................................$195.00

8708 - FRENCH NAVY BUTTON, New Item brass 17mm, FCN.i, small cuff button, anchor within circle motif, very fine, turret shank, strong details, site undetermined in collection notes, nice brown patina......................................$195.00

8709 - FRENCH NAVY BUTTON, New Item brass 17mm, FCN.g variable, small cuff button, anchor within circle motif, very fine, turret shank, very strong details, site undetermined in collection notes.................................................$195.00

8710 - FRENCH NAVY BUTTON, New Item brass 17mm, FCN.i, small cuff button, anchor within circle motif, very fine, turret shank, very strong details, site undetermined in collection notes.......................................................$195.00


JUST RELEASED THE NEW EDITION OF DON TROIANI AND JIM KOCHAN REVOLUTIONARY WAR REFERENCE BOOK ON BUTTONS, PLATES AND GORGETS...

Insignia of Independence includes 200 new buttons not found in Military Buttons of The American Revolution, 262 photos of accoutrement plates and gorgets, and 45 portrait images of officers and enlisted men, most of which are in color. Following decades of intense research, this is the final word on buttons, plates, and insignia of the American Revolution. The two most qualified experts in the in the realm of Revolutionary War militaria have joined forces to present the collecting community with this fabulous opus. Years in the making, it will not be surpassed; the finished product has proven greater than its parts. A delight to behold, its illustrations are exquisite, the design is engaging and it has been organized in a logical manner while avoiding the temptation to over-write. Don and Jim have proven themselves to be the preeminent authorities of our generation.                                          -- Mike O'Donnell, author

312 pages (8 1/2" X 11") printed on 70 lb gusto satin stock, Smyth sewn binding with 4-color printed hardcover. 

Available for immediate shipping. A must for the serious collector of Revolutionary War buttons and plates...................................................$75.00


 

 
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