Stokes & Son/Stokes and Sons Buttons: Pre Federation
According to Gregery Eccelston, after the partnership of Stokes & Martin, there was a new partnership between Thomas Stokes and his eldest son, Henry Richmond (Harry) Stokes, named Stokes & Son. The name officially changed in 1903 to Stokes & Sons when Thomas William and Edgar Vincent Stokes were recognised as partners.
I have not seen any buttons backmarked “Stokes & Son”, although buttons were undoubtedly made between 1893-1903. Please contact me if you can share any images! It is possible that all or most of the buttons produced in this time period were backed with old ‘Stokes & Martin’ plates, or simply “Stokes Melbourne”. However, the existence of ‘Stokes & Sons’ button with the Queen Victoria Crown would indicate that the backmark was used before the official name change. Although the name had not changed officially, several sons were associated with the business during this time.
NSW Military Forces
NSW Mounted Rifles
Victorian Military Forces
Permanent Victorian Artillery
Victorian Artillery Staff
Victorian Volunteer & Permanent Artillery
Victorian Naval Brigade
Melbourne Fire Brigade
Un-named Fire Brigade
King’s School cadets
Tasmania Police Force
Tasmanian Volunteer & Permanent Artillery
Tasmania Volunteer, Medical & Retired staff
South Australia Railways
South Australia Fire Brigade
General Service, Boer War era
?Rifle Volunteer band (undated)
?Mercantile Marine (undated)
? Hobart fire Brigade (undated)
? City of Melbourne (undated)
?Australasian United Steam Navigation Co. (undated)
?Huddart Parker Ltd (undated)
Backmark “P.O.P. Melb”
This button also sports a QV crown (i.e. pre 1902)
Please let me know if you have any other “P.O.P” buttons.
The article below shows confusion as to the company name, with the name Stokes & Son used, but dated in 1913.
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