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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]


The 3 medals have just arrived safely - very interesting. (From your description I was expecting ribbon to be dreadful; personally, I think that the "Russian Front" is beautifully 'aged'.)

M M, UK, 12.02.2013

I have received the belt clasp today. It is in better quality than I expected...

C M, UK, 16.10.2009