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Title 17th Lancer other ranks buttons
Nationality British
Period c 1890-1914

These are plustron buttons from the lancer's dress tunic, with the classic motif of skull and crossbones, comemoratiing the 'death or glory' tradition of the regiment. This British unit was unique in using this device, often found in continental armies, particularly the French and German ones.

The buttons are 10 each - please email me if you would like to buy one (or more). Specify a maker and I shall choose the best example for you on a first-come-first-served basis.

The buttons are by various makers. As of November 2014, there remain: 4 x J Samuel, London (19 mm diameter); 1 x Firmin & Sons, London (21 mm); 1 x Player Bros, Birmingham (21 mm); 1 x Smith & Wright, Birmingham (21 mm). They are mostly in good condition, but the Samuel buttons appear to have some old age staining, which shows on both the face and reverse of the buttons, while the Firmin button has a tiny dent. They are all roughly a normal yellow brass colour, not the varied hues that appear because of my flashlight.

If you want to comment on this item—re quality, age, etc—please email me.

[Militaria : Buttons : British : 19th Century]


Buckles have arrived. They are very beautiful! I'm glad and satisfied. Thank you for your quick and accurate business and all the best for the future.

C K, Finland, 07.05.2014

Hanger arrived safe and sound 11.30ish today. Very pleased, it's as expected. Your excellent pics make all the difference in terms of confident buying over the net. As a matter of interest, the frog, which as you said is very a/f, is, as you thought, 'spot on'. On closer inspection it is a mk.1 Naval Frog, designated 'for cutlasses'. Date seems around 1860ish give or take.

By the way, I think your site is very user friendly. Seems to work much better than many and up to date, a rarity!!!

C W, UK, 20.04.2006