Great Seal Buttons

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Great Seal Uniform Buttons of the United States

We receive many inquiries about Great Seal buttons. In 1902, the US Army issued an order that made all previous U.S. Army, state militia, and all separate army organizations obsolete: "One style for all arms and all grades, private to Lt. General. The only exception is the Engineer Corps, who are to retain their present design. Bronze for service and gilt for dress. The design is a copy of the great seal of the U.S." Any buttons of this design were made 1902 or later, irrespective of what the backmark may imply. Many dozens of manufactures provided buttons to uniform manufacturers. Below is a list of buttons we have found reported on various websites. Post World War II buttons manufactured by Scovill and Waterbury are common and are worth less than a dollar each retail in used condition. WWI buttons in well used condition might fetch a few dollars or more each, although some backmarks are uncommon and retail prices are higher.

BackmarkEstimated productionComments
A M & Co. 23 M PARIS
[Blank] [compressed fiberboard]Albert GI109.B
[Blank] [oiled cloth front]Albert GI109.D
AM. BUTTON CO *NEWARK, N.J.*1902 to 1917
AMERICAN BUTTON CO. *NEWARK N.J.*1901 to 1920
AMERICAN BUTTON COMPANY NEWARK, NJ....
AMERICAN EMBLEM CO. UTICA N.Y.WWI
* [anchor]WWII
ARNSTEIN SIMON & CO. * S.F. *WWI
Art in Buttons U S U. S. A.[vegetable ivory] Albert GI109.E
ART METAL WORKS INC -NEWARK, N.J.1900 to 1930 approx.
THE ART METAL WORKS, NEWARK, N.J.
THE AUSTIN CO. PROVIDENCE R.I.
B.PASQUALE CO., S. FRAN., CAL.In business 1854 to 1970's
BADGER MFG. CO. RACINE, WI.
BROOKS.BROTHERS *NEW YORK*ENGLAND 1902 to 1910
C KENYON CO. NEW YORKWWI to 1930
CHAS. FISCHER SPG. CO. NEW YORKWWII?
CHESHIRE BUTTON * CT. USA *
CITY BUTTON WORKS N.Y.WWIMade by Erlanger & Liebmann
CITY BUTTON WORKS NEW YORK1877 to 1923
COL BUT WKS RUTHERFORD N.J. WWI
COLUMBIA BUTTON WKS*RUTHERFORD,N.J.* WWI
CORD 22
D. EVANS & CO ATTLEBORO FALLSWWICompany 1848 to 1944
D. EVANS & CO. * NO. ATTLEBORO, MASS. [red paint on the back]Company 1848 to 1945
D. EVANS & CO. N.A.WWIReported found in France. Company 1848 to 1946
D. EVAN'S & CO [red paint on the back]
D. KLEIN & BRO PHILA. PA. [copper finish]
DUSENBURY & SCHWAB INC. NEW YORK 229 4TH AVE.
E.A. ARMSTRONG MFG. CO. CHICAGO
FINE QUALITY
G J & F PARIS
GEMSCO, N.Y.
GREENWOOD CO * DETROIT MICH *
HBW [composition] Albert GI109.A
H W I SCHWAB INC NEW YORK
H.V. ALLIEN & CO. NEW YORKCompany: 1877-1948
HEIBERGER WASHINGTON
HORSTMANN *** PHILA ***1893-1935
HORSTMANN [dot] C [dot] PHILA [dot]WWI
W. H. HORSTMANN & COWWII?
J.A.I. HAHN BALTIMORE
J.R. GAUNT LONDON
JACOB REED'S SONS * PHILA. *In business 1880 to 1983
JACOB REEDS SONS PHIL.
JAMES C. DORAN & SONS PROVIDENCE R.I.
JEWELERS PRODUCTS CORP. PROV. R.I.WWI
THE J.E. MERGOTT CO. NEWARK, N.J.
JOHNSON * MILANO *WWIReported made in Italy
KREMENTZ LIBERTY BRONZE
L.&R. METAL PROD. N.Y
L.A. MYERS. JR. INC. NEWARK N.J.
LUXENBERG NEW YORK MADE IN ENGLAND
MADE IN ENGLAND [anodized aluminum front]
MARSHALL FIELD & CO. CHIC ILL
MAURICE BOURDON [up arrow] PARIS
MAURICE BOURDON Name: [anchor] PARIS [anchor]
Morry Luxenberg/London Albert GI108.A.1
METAL SPECIALTIES Co. ATTLESBURG, MASS. [painted black]1940 to 1945
S.N. MEYER WASHINGTON D.C.In business 1890 to 1925
N.S. MEYERS * NEW YORK *In business 1906 to 2000
I. A. MEYERS JR INC. NEWARK NJ
NEW YORK BUTTON WORKSWWIReported found in France
[?] N.Y. [pressed vegetable ivory]WWII
R. LIEBMANN MFG COWWI
R. LIEBMANN MFG. CO.-NEWARK NJ
R. L. MFG Co Newark N.J. WWI to ?
REX PRODUCTS CORP * NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. * 1902-WWII
ROSENFIELD & RAPKIN * BOSTON, MASS.
S & J WATERBURY CT.WWIReported found in France
SCOVILL MF'G CO WATERBURY [back ungilted]WWI1850 to 1865 backmark
SCOVILL MF'G CO WATERBURYWWI1850 to 1865 backmark
SCOVILL MF'G CO [dot] WATERBURY [dot] [shank not soldered, weak imprint]WWII and later possibly to 1970s
SCOVILL MF'G CO. * WATERBURY *1902 to 1918 1870s backmark?
SCOVILL M'FG CO. WATERBURY [ring of dots] abt 1902?1860 to 1880 backmark
SCOVILL MF'G CO. WATERBURY CT.WWI1870s to ? backmark
SHIELDS INC. ATTLEBORO, MASS.
SIGMUND EISNER RED BANK N.J WWIIn business1859 to 1925.
S. EISENER CO. RED BANK N.J.WWIIn business1859 to 1925.
STEELE & JOHNSON * WATERBURY CT *WWIReported found in France
* SUPERIOR QUALITY *
SUPREME 172 QUALITY
TIFFANY & CO. MAKERS ** M ** [14K gold blazer]1907-1947
U.S ARMY STANDARD *
UNIQUE ART MFG CO. NEWARK, N. J.
US PRODUCTS CORP
W.B. CO.
WARNOCK UNIFORM CO *NEW YORK*[made from horn] Albert GI109.C
W W W WmodernWaterbury
WATERBURY BUTTON CO. * 1849 to 1965
WATERBURY BUTTON CO. *CONN.* pre 1965
WATERBURY COS INC CONN post 1965
WOLCOTT MF'G CO. PROVIDENCE RI. est. 1906 to after 1922
ZELL PRODUCTS CORP. N.Y.C.

 

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