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Buttons of the UK's Royal Navy & Misc.

Compiled by . . . Tim Burt, Hamwic House, PO Box 895, Elora, ON, Canada, N0B 1S0 Royal Navy - Buttons of Rank At first, Pre-1748 most naval buttons consisted of a plain white metal, (Pewter), Post-1748 true designs appeared, such as a rose like device in the centre, etc.. Page 01

RN Flag Officer - 1748 Coat & Waistcoat In use 1748 - 1757 In Gilt Lace

RN Flag Officer - 1748 Waistcoat & Breech Legs In use 1748 - 1767 In Gilt

RN Flag Officer - 1748 Full Dress - 1748 - 1767 G. P. Dress - 1748 - 1783 Full & Undress - 1748 - 1787 In Gilt

RN Flag Officer - 1748 Full Dress - 1748 - 1767 G. P. Dress - 1748 - 1783 Full & Undress - 1748 - 1787 In Gilt

RN Cap't / Comm'r - 1748-1774 RN Lt-Dress - 1748-1767 RN Midshipman - 1748-1787 RNC Scholars - 1748-1787 In use 1748 - 1787 In Gilt

RN Lieutenant - 1748 ( Undress ) In Pewter or Silver In use 1748 - 1767

RN Lieutenant - 1748 ( G. P. Dress ) In Gilt or Silver In use 1767 - 1787

RN Lieutenant - 1748 ( Undress ) ( Hand Engraved Variation ) In Pewter or Silver In use 1748 - 1774

RN Lieutenant - 1748 ( Dress ) In Æ Gilt or Silver Gilt In use 1748 - 1774

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

RN Lieutenant - 1748 ( Dress ) In Æ Gilt or Silver Gilt In Pewter or Silver In use 1748 - 1774

Capt / Commander - 1774-1787 RN Master & Mate - 1787-1807 RN Surgeon - 1787-1805 RN Purser - 1787-1807 RN Warrant Officer - 1787-1860 RN Midshipman - 1787-1812 RN Volunteer Gr.I - 1787-1812 RN Instructors - 1727-1842 RN Engineer 1st Cl. - 1837-1841 In use 1774 - 1860

Capt / Commander - 1774-1787 RN Master & Mate - 1787-1807 RN Surgeon - 1787-1805 RN Purser - 1787-1807 RN Warrant Officer - 1787-1860 RN Midshipman - 1787-1812 RN Volunteer Gr.I - 1787-1812 RN Instructors - 1727-1842 RN Engineer 1st Cl. - 1837-1841 Var. 01 . . . 1774 - 1787 In use 1774 - 1787

Capt / Commander - 1774-1787 RN Master & Mate - 1787-1807 RN Surgeon - 1787-1805 RN Purser - 1787-1807 RN Warrant Officer - 1787-1860 RN Midshipman - 1787-1812 RN Volunteer Gr.I - 1787-1812 RN Instructors - 1727-1842 RN Engineer 1st Cl. - 1837-1841 Var. 02 . . . 1774 - 1787 In use 1774 - 1787

RN Capt

/ Commander - 1774 Var. 03 . . . 1774 - 1787 In use 1774 - 1787

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RN Flag Officer - 1787 In use 1787 - 1795 In Gilt

/ Comm'r - 1787-1795 RN Lieutenant - 1787-1795 With this issue a Lieutenant will use the same design as a captains button In use 1787 - 1795

RN Capt

RN Capt

/ Commander - 1787 RN Lieutenant - 1787 With this issue a Lieutenant will use the same design as a captains button In use 1787 - 1795

RN Capt

/ Comm'r - 1795-1812 RN Lieutenant - 1795-1812 Vertical Anchor In use 1795 - 1812

RN Flag Officer - 1795 In use 1795 - 1807

RN Flag Officer - 1795 Var. 02 . . . 1795 - 1807

RN Flag Officer - 1795 Var. 01 . . . 1795 - 1807

RN Surgeon - at Sea - 1805 RN Ass' Surgeon - at Sea - 1805 RN Physician - at Sea - 1805 Angled Stock Version After this issue a Surgeon will use the same design as a captains button In use 1805 - 1825

RN Surgeon - at Sea - 1805 RN Ass' Surgeon - at Sea - 1805 RN Physician - at Sea - 1805 Straight Stock Version After this issue a Surgeon will use the same design as a captains button In use 1805 - 1825

RN Surgeon - at Sea - 1805 RN Surgeon - Hospital - 1805 RN Ass' Surgeon - at Sea - 1805 RN Ass'Surgeon - Hospital - 1805 RN Physician - at Sea - 1805 RN Physician - Hospital - 1805 Straight Stock Version RN Mates - Hospital - 1805 After this issue a Surgeon etc. RN Dispensers - Hospital - 1805 will use the same design After this issue a Surgeon etc. as a captains button will use the same design In use 1805 - 1825 as a captains button In use 1805 - 1825

RN Master - 1805 In use 1805 - 1807 Note: Anchors to side of stock

RN Flag Officer - 1807 In use 1807 - 1812 In Gilt

Govenor RN Hospitals Lt Gov' RN Hosp' Greenwich Lt Gov' RN Colleges In use 1814 - 1828 In Gilt

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

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RN Master - 1807-1825 RN Ass't Master - 1807-1825 RN Volunteer Gr.II - 1824-1825 In use 1807 - 1825 In Gilt Note: Anchors below stock

RN Master - 1807-1825 RN Ass't Master - 1807-1825 RN Volunteer Gr.II - 1824-1825 In use 1807 - 1825 In Gilt Note: Anchors below stock

RN Purser - 1807 In use 1807 - 1825 In Gilt

RN Purser - 1807 In use 1807 - 1825 In Gilt

RN Unidentified - 1807 In use 1807 - 1825 ? In Gilt

RN Commissioners of RN Commissioners of Transport - 1810 The Navy - 1810 RN Govenor RNH & A - 1810 In use 1810 - 1828 (Govenor RN Hospitals and Asylums ) In use 1810 - 1828

RN Flag Officer - 1812 Left Leaning Stock In use 1812 - 1827

RN Flag Officer - 1812 Left Leaning Stock In use 1812 - 1827 In Gilt

RN Capt

/ Commander - 1812 RN Lieutenant - 1812 RN Midshipman - 1812

RN Capt

/ Commander - 1812 RN Lieutenant - 1812 RN Midshipman - 1812

RN Capt

/ Commander - 1812 RN Lieutenant - 1812 RN Midshipman - 1812

RN Master - 1812 In use 1812 - 1825

RN Volunteer Gr.I - 1812 After this issue a Midshipman

RN Volunteer Gr.I - 1812 After this issue a Midshipman

RN Volunteer Gr.I - 1812 After this issue a Midshipman

will use the same design as a captains button In use 1812 - 1825

will use the same design as a captains button In use 1812 - 1825

will use the same design as a captains button In use 1812 - 1825

RN Purser - 1812 In use 1812 - 1825

RN Petty Officer - 1812 In use 1812 - 1843 In 1843 the crown changed to a the higher arched QVC and was used until 1893 Notice no rope border

RN Capt

/ Commander - 1825 RN Lieutenant - 1825 RN Midshipman - 1825 In use 1825 - 1827

RN Capt

/ Commander - 1825 RN Lieutenant - 1825 RN Midshipman - 1825 In use 1825 - 1827 Variation Type 1

RN Capt

/ Commander - 1825 RN Lieutenant - 1825 RN Midshipman - 1825 In use 1825 - 1827 Variation Type 2

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RN Surgeon - 1825 Straight Stock Version After this issue a Surgeon will use the same design as a captains button In use 1825 - 1827

RN Surgeon - 1825 Variation 1 After this issue a Surgeon will use the same design as a captains button In use 1825 - 1827

RN Master - 1825 After this issue a Master will use the same design as a captains button In use 1825 - 1827

RN Purser - 1825 After this issue a Purser will use the same design as a captains button In use 1825 - 1827

RN Navigation Branch - 1825 In use 1825 - 1832 In Gilt

RN Medical Branch - 1825 In use 1825 - 1832 In Gilt

RN Flag Officer - 1827 Right Leaning Stock In use 1827 - 1843

RN Flag Officer - 1827 Right Leaning Stock Var' Nº 2 In use 1827 - 1843 In Gilt

RN Capt

/ Commander - 1827 RN Master - 1832 RN Surgeon - 1832 RN Purser - 1832 RN Midshipman - 1832 In use 1825 - 1843

RN Govenor RNH & A - 1827 (Govenor RN Hospitals and Asylums ) In use 1828 - 1832

Lt Gov' RN Hosp' Greenwich Lt Gov' RN Colleges Right Leaning Stock In use 1828 - 1843 In Gilt

RN Commissioners of The Navy - 1828 In use 1828 - 1832

RN Flag Officer - 1843 In use 1843 - 1891 In Gilt

RN Flag Officer - 1843 In use 1843 - 1891 In Gilt

/ Commander - 1843 RN Master - 1843 RN Surgeon - 1843 RN Purser - 1843 RN Midshipman - 1843 RN Warrant Officer - 1843 After this issue a Warrant Officer will use the same design as a captains button In use 1843 - 1891

RN Capt

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RN Petty Officer - 1843 In use 1843 - 1891 Notice no rope border No maker's Name

RN Flag Officer - 1891 In use 1891 - 1901 In Gilt

RN Flag Officer - 1891 In use 1891 - 1901 In Gilt

RN Capt

/ Commander - 1891 RN Lietenant - 1891 RN Master - 1891 RN Surgeon - 1891 RN Purser - 1891 RN Warrant Officer - 1891 RN Midshipman - 1891

RN Capt

/ Commander - 1891 RN Lietenant - 1891 RN Master - 1891 RN Surgeon - 1843 RN Purser - 1891 RN Warrant Officer - 1891 RN Midshipman - 1891

After this issue all officers with ranks lower than a captain will be referred to as the " Other Ship's Officers "

After this issue all officers with ranks lower than a captain will be referred to as the " Other Ship's Officers "

In use 1891 - 1901

In use 1891 - 1901

RN Petty Officer - 1891 In use 1891 - 1901 Gilded Brass material No Maker's Mark on rear

RN Petty Officer - 1891 In use 1891 - 1901 Black Bakelite Material

RN Flag Officer - 1901 In use 1901 - 1952

RN Flag Officer - 1901 In use 1901 - 1953

RN

Capt / Commander - 1901 Other Ship's Officers - 1901 In use 1901 - 1952

RN Cap't / Commander - 1901 Other Ship's Officers - 1901 In use 1901 - 1952

RN Cap't / 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 Other Ship's Officers - 1953 In use 1952 - Current

Miscellaneous - " Coast Guard "

H.M. Coast Guard O/R's Button In use 1770 - 1820 ?

H.M. Coast Guard O/R's Button In use 1820 - 1836 ?

H.M. Coast Guard Officer's Button In use 1836 - 1881 ?

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Admiralty Civil Police In use 1940 - 1949 became the Admiralty Constabulary in 1949

R.N.A.S.

R.N.A.S.

R.N.A.S.

R.N.A.V. RN Artillery Volunteers - 1873

RN Air Service In use WWI Officers LHS Shldr Button

RN Air Service In use WWI Officers Tunic Button Officers RHS Shldr Button

RN Air Service In use WWI Officers Tunic Button

In use 1873 - 1901 Officers Tunic Button

Misc' - " A " Cont'd

Misc' - " C "

R.N.A.V. RN Artillery Volunteers - 1873

Cinque Ports Pilot In use 1800 - 1890s ?

Cinque Ports Vol's (Artillery) In use 1837 - 1890s ?

In use 1873 - 1901 Officers Tunic Button

Corps of Sea Fencibles ? ( Coastal Home Guard ) In use 1798 - 1820 ?

Miscellaneous - " Canals "

Miscellaneous - " E "

UK - Britain Glaoucester & Berkeley Canal Cº Ltd. Canal Operating Staff In use 1827 - 1980s

UK - Britain Bridgewater & Taunton Canal Cº Ltd. Canal Operating Staff In use 1827 - 1980s

UK - Britain RN Engineer 1st Class In use 1841 - 1853

UK - Britain RN Engineer 2nd/3rd Class In use 1842 - 1853

Miscellaneous - " F "

Miscellaneous - " HMS "

Fleet Air Arm Pilot Officer's Button

Fleet Air Arm Observer Officer's Button

In use 1939 - 1952

In use 1939 - 1952

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RN Half Pay Officer - 1812 ( Pre-R.N.R. ) In use 1812 - 1825

RN Half Pay Officer - 1825 ( Pre-R.N.R. ) In use 1825 - 1827

RN Half Pay Officer - 1827 ( Pre-R.N.R. ) In use 1827 - 1840

RN Half Pay Officer - 1841 ( Pre-R.N.R. ) In use 1841 - 1858

RN Her Majesties Colonial Navy In use 1953 - 1960s

Miscellaneous - " HMS "

HMS Idefatigable - RNTS Seaman's Training Ship In use 1914 - 1941

HMS Worcester - TNTC 2nd Issue Version Thames Naut' Train' College RN/MN Officers Train' Ship In use 1900 - 1980s

HMS Victory Unidentified Button In use 1806 - 1812 ?

HMS Victory Unidentified Button Adm' Lord Horatio Nelson 8/1/1797 - Battle of the Nile In use 1797 - 1798

HMS Victory Unidentified Button In use 1837 - 1901 ?

Miscellaneous - " HMTS "

H.M.T.S. Her Majesties Training Ship In use 1837 - 1880s

HMTS Conway RN/MN Officers Train' Ship Made - Sallors Home, L'pool In use 1880 - 1900

HMTS Conway RN/MN Officers Train' Ship Made - Sallors Home, L'pool In use 1901 - 1974 ?

HMS Worcester - TNTC 2nd Issue Version Thames Naut' Train' College RN/MN Officers Train' Ship In use 1900 - 1980s

HMS Victory Unidentified Button In use 1806 - 1812 ?

Misc' - " G "

RN Greenwich Hospital

RN Greenwich Hospital

RN Greenwich Hospital Service

RN Greenwich Hospital Service

RN Greenwich Hospital

O/R's Hospital Staff Tunic Button - ( H. G. Error ) In use 1800 - 1814

O/R's Hospital Staff Tunic Button - ( Error Corrected ) In use 1800 - 1814

Officer's Hospital Staff Tunic Button In use 1800 - 1815

Officer's Hospital Staff Tunic Button In use 1814 - 1868

O/R's Hospital Staff Tunic Button In use 1814 - 1869

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Misc' - " G "

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RN Greenwich Nautical Training College ? Instructor's Button In use 1939 - 1945 ?

Miscellaneous - " Lighthouses "

Trinity House UK Lighthouse Authoruty Elder Bretheren's Button In use 1900 - 1980s ? "Trinitas in Unitate"

Trinity House UK Lighthouse Authoruty Elder Bretheren's Button In use 1900 - 1980s ? "Trinitas in Unitate"

Trinity House UK Lighthouse Authoruty Pilot's Tunic Button In use 1900 - 1930s "Trinity House Pilot"

Trinity House UK Lighthouse Authoruty General Employee In use 1930 - 1960s ? "Trinitas in Unitate"

Misc' - " L "

London River Sea Fencibles ( Coastal Home Guard ) In use 1798 - 1820 ?

Misc' - " M "

RN Mufti Jacket - 1850 ( Civilian Jacket ) In use 1850 - 1881 ?

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Misc' - " N "

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RN Naval Articifers Association In use 1850 - 1881 ?

Miscellaneous - " P "

RN Polo Assoc In use 1899 - 1951 Similar to MN Button

RN Prison - Bodmin Prison Officer's Tunic Button In use 1902-1927

RN Prison - Lewes Prison Officer's Tunic Button In use 1837-1901

RN Prison - Lewes Prison Officer's Tunic Button In use 1902-1927

Miscellaneous - " RFA "

RN - R.F.A. RN - Royal Fleet Auxiliary In use 1953 - Current

Miscellaneous - " R.M. "

Miscellaneous - " R.M.A. "

ROYAL MARINES

ROYAL MARINE ARTILLERY

ROYAL MARINE ARTILLERY

This button dates 1833 - 1881 Maker = Chas Jennings, Lon.

This button dates 1837 - 1901

This button dates 1912 - 1922

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Miscellaneous - " RNH "

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RN - R.N.H. RN - Royal Navy Hospitals O/R's Tunic Button In use 1820 - 1849

RN - R.N.H. RN - Royal Navy Hospitals Officer's Tunic Buttons In use 1850 - 1901

RN - R.N.H. RN - Royal Navy Hospitals O/R's Tunic Button In use 1902 - 1952 ?

RN - R.N.H. RN - Royal Navy Hospitals Officer's Tunic Buttons In use 1902 - 1952 ?

Miscellaneous - " RNPS "

RN - Packet Service ( Mail & Supplies Delivery ) In use 1800 - 1818 ?

RN - Packet Service ( Mail & Supplies Delivery ) In use 1818 - 1829 ?

RN - Packet Service ( Mail & Supplies Delivery ) In use 1830 - 1836 ?

RN - Packet Service ( Mail & Supplies Delivery ) In use 1837 - 1852 ?

RN - Packet Service ( Mail & Supplies Delivery ) In use 1837 - 1852 ?

Miscellaneous - " RNR "

RN - R.N.R. RN - Royal Navy Reserve In use 1859 - 1901

RN - R.N.R. RN - Royal Navy Reserve In use 1902 - 1952

RN - R.N.R. RN - Royal Navy Reserve In use 1953 - Current

Miscellaneous - " RNSC "

R.N.V.R. RN - Staff College ( Instructor ) Made by - Gaunt, London In use 1940 - 1998

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Miscellaneous - " RNVR "

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R.N.V.R. Royal Naval Volunteers ( Reserve ) In use 1901 - 1952

R.N.V.R. Royal Naval Volunteers ( Reserve ) In use 1901 - 1952

Miscellaneous - " RNVR "

R.N.V.R. Royal Naval Volunteers ( Reserve ) In use 1901 - 1952

R.N.V.R. Royal Naval Volunteers ( Reserve ) In use 1901 - 1952

Miscellaneous - " S "

Miscellaneous - " T "

R.N.S.C.S. R.N. 7th Cruiser Squadron North Sea - Cr' Force "C" In use 1914 - 1918

R.N. Training Unit ?

In use 1901 - 1952 ?

Miscellaneous - " w "

UK - Britain War Office Steam Packet Cº Renamed Bristol S.N.Cº In use 1821 - 1836

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Miscellaneous - " Wireles & Telegraph "

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UK - Britain Post Office - Telegraph Ship's Telegraph Officer In use 1912 - 1950s