Buttons from the J.R. Gaunt and Son Pattern Book Archive

Date of Auction: 16th September 2010

Sold for £360

Estimate: £320 - £400

Hampshire & Berkshire, Portsmouth Police, a very scarce Victorian die-stamped blackened brass helmet plate being a large crowned oval strap, ‘Portsmouth Police’ mounted in the centre with the town arms a star and crescent, two loop fasteners; a die-stamped plated cap or collar badge being a large star and crescent, two loop fasteners.

Southampton Police a die-stamped white metal KC hat badge being a crowned multi-rayed star, in the centre a shield bearing the Arms of the Borough (parted fesswise argent and gules three roses counterchanged), both fasteners missing; a single silver plated collar badge being a shield bearing the full Arms of the borough, two loop fasteners.

New Windsor Police, a very rare Victorian shako/helmet plate in die-stamped toned brass, crowned strap and laurels pattern, ‘New Windsor Police’ on the strap enclosing a leather faced insert this with white metal numerals ‘62’, three loop fasteners, one retaining clip on the insert missing. Berkshire Constabulary, a small KC white metal collar badge crowned strap and laurels, ‘Berkshire Constabulary’, enclosing the Stag under an Oak Tree, two loop fasteners; Reading Police, two pairs die-stamped white metal elipitical shaped collar badges, central town Arms and Anglo Saxon motto in surround, all loop fasteners present, good overall condition (10) £320-400