New South Wales Military (originally shared April 2016):
A Stokes & Martin button:
The partnership between Thomas Stokes and G.F. Martin lasted from circa 1867 until 1893. This button is from a New South Wales military uniform, which dates the button from 1876 as that is when the emblem of “a lion passant guardant on a cross between 4 stars of 8 points” with a Queen’s (Victoria) crown , was declared. It has a design error, in that the stars should have 8 points, but only have 5.
This NSW military brass uniform button is dated 1881-1901. Made by C.Anderson, Sydney. This button has the correct 8 point star.