J. K. Cossum, in his book “Buttons of the Defence Forces in Australia” includes images of some very rare buttons. Here’s another for my wish list:
Victorian Volunteer Rifles, 1860-1870
From an auction catalogue of Noble Numismatics https://www.noble.com.au/site/docs/cats/sale_117/A19.pdf pages 182; with thanks.
The corresponding uniform button (see Cossum page 9) shows a similar bugle with block captial letters ‘VR’ within the loop. The Queen Victoria crown is separated from the bugle by a small gap. The background is finely striped. The makers mark is T. Stokes, Melbourne (i.e. pre 1867).
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