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

Date of Auction: 16th September 2010

Sold for £410

Estimate: £450 - £550

Lancashire, Preston Borough Police, a very rare white metal Victorian multi-part helmet plate being an eight-pointed star overlaid with a crowned strap and laurel sprays, on the strap, ‘Preston Borough Police’, in the centre a shield bearing the principal charge from the Arms of the town, a couchant Paschal Lamb over ‘PP’, two loop fasteners and a screw post.

Warrington Borough Police, a very rare silver plated die-stamped helmet plate being the full Achievement of Arms of the town with a scroll at the bottom ‘ Warrington Borough Police’, two loop fasteners.

Salford City Police, a fine and rare die-stamped white metal helmet plate being the full Achievement of Arms of the city (granted 1844), one of two loop fasteners missing; a small KC white metal cap badge, ‘Salford City Police’ on a circle enclosing the City arms, no fasteners ever fitted.

Blackpool Police, a scarce small KC die-stamped blackened metal helmet plate, crowned strap and laurels, ‘Blackpool Police’ encloses the town arms (granted 1899), two loop fasteners.

Bolton Borough Police, a heavy brass and white metal hat (?) badge of flattened oval format, the brass background with applied white metal legends, ‘Bolton Borough Police’ and a central ‘22’, double blade fasteners.

Ashton Under Lyne Police, a scarce die-stamped white metal KC helmet plate, crowned strap and laurel pattern, ‘Ashton Under Lyne Police’, the centre vacant but with clip provision to take an insert, three loop fasteners.

Three single collar badges, Lancaster, Ashton Under Lyne and Oldham, good overall condition (10) £450-550