South Australian Volunteers
On pages 18-20 of Cossum’s book there are examples of South Australian Volunteer uniform buttons. One design has been dominant, that of the laurel ‘wreath of service’ around the sovereign’s crown with or without letters indicting specific usage i.e. SAR for Rifles or Railways, SAV for volunteers, SAM for militia, SAV for volunteers, or simply SA for South Australia. It is still used (with ‘SA’) by the police.
Buttons I desire:
3rd Battalion Adelaide Rifles c.1892. Bears a circular band, looking like a target.
SA Volunteer Rifles c.1855. Similar to NSW and Victorian volunteer rifles, but with the letters SAR instead of VR (Victoria Regina).
SA Scottish Companies (shown thanks to Noble Numismatics).
SA Contingent to S.Africa 1899-1902. The face is the same as for other colonies contingents, but this one is backmarked Shierlaw & Co, Adelaide.
SAV buttons marked Bertram & Cornish, Adelaide. This is a new backmark to me; it was reported on a button sold by Noble Numismatics.
Bertram & Cornish, Adelaide
Joseph Bertram and John Cornish were partners from 1884. They were accepted to produced uniforms for the volunteer forces for 3 years in 1885. In December 1886 they dissolved their partnership. John Cornish continued as a military tailor, receiving another 3 year tender from 1887, however, he would lose the contract due to faulty workmanship to Marshall & Co around 1888.
Joseph Bertram was the first mayor of St Peters from 1884-5.