26th May 2021

Uniform Buttons

You may be happy collecting uniform buttons from one area, or by one maker, or for one profession, or you may try to find every variation possible! I fall somewhere in between, not totally obsessive, but with an ever growing collection.


See also  http://www.austbuttonhistory.com/uniform-buttons-2/companies-and-clubs-including-merchantile-marine/#Westpac

No markers mark


Generic Government Button

I have shared generic VR and Crown buttons many times. This one has the cypher  for Elizabeth II.

Stokes & Sons Melb. 1953-62.


NSW Prisons Department








Rider & Bell have been a metal manufacturing company in Sydney since 1920. See https://www.riderandbell.com.au/.

The only other button I have seen with their backmark is for the NSW Fire Department, and of much better quality. (See http://www.austbuttonhistory.com/australian-button-history/federation-to-ww2/#Rider_and_Bell_Sydney) They are known for tools, whistles, clamps etc rather than buttons. Did they actually make these buttons, or outsource them?

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