Hunt Button Collecting

Lord Chesham’s Hunt.

Posted on Tuesday, March 31, 2020
Written by: Firebrand

I’ve been keeping myself occupied by rootling through boxes of ‘odds & sods’ that I have accumulated over the years and, whilst mainly finding old military and costume buttons, I have come across one or two that took my eye and (to mix my metaphors) rang a bell. This one in particular has raised an…

Admiral Hon. Sir Reginald Drax’s hunting attire

Posted on Friday, March 6, 2020
Written by: Firebrand

My occasional binges into the world of period hunting attire sometimes bring up a nice piece. I have just acquired a tailcoat and field coat that were the property of Sir Reginald Drax (shortened version). The tailcoat is dated 1920, the field coat is dated 1921. The Drax family association with the South Dorset Hunt…

Displaying your buttons

Posted on Saturday, February 1, 2020
Written by: Firebrand

I’ve received a few requests asking for ideas on how best to display hunt button collections, both large and small.  So, here are a few suggestions.  Many thanks to my collector friends and acquaintances that have supplied images.  I will credit them with their respective photos. Let’s start with the simplest and easiest-to-manage option for…

A few of my favourite buttons from the hunts of North America

Posted on Tuesday, December 3, 2019
Written by: Firebrand

I recently purchased a lovely button for the Moingona Hunt in the US, and thought I would share a few of my  buttons from the North American continent.  My collection of US and Canadian buttons is small, with many yet to find and collect, but I could have featured so many already.  So, I’ve concentrated…

Aldershot Command Hunt Club

Posted on Saturday, November 9, 2019
Written by: Firebrand

Whilst not strictly a button, I thought it worth sharing this unusual find. This lapel badge is for the Aldershot Command Hunt Club, which I believe pre-dates the Foot Beagles (A.C.F.B).  Made by F. Phillips (Medalists) of Aldershot, it is either unmarked silver or silver plated, and has been professionally blackened. {The button being this…

Augustus F. Ross. South Devon Hunt

Posted on Wednesday, September 4, 2019
Written by: Firebrand

It’s not often one gets the opportunity to re-write the history or reference books, but I think that I might be able to do just that thanks to an unexpected purchase. The image below is that of a button that (to the best of my knowledge) has not been identified before.  It bears the crest…

Is this a missing link button?

Posted on Sunday, July 14, 2019
Written by: Firebrand

I may (and it’s a b-i-g may) have stumbled across something rather interesting to collectors of hunt buttons, and those with a wider interest in the history of hunting in the UK. This is a recently found 19th century button, which I was asked to identify, if I could.  Because of the encrustation the lettering…

Antebellum Hunt button.

Posted on Friday, June 14, 2019
Written by: Firebrand

Following hard on the heels of my post about Mr Riddle’s Hounds, I am seeking help from anyone, but particularly our hunting cousins ‘across the herring pond’ in the USA and Canada. The button below is currently winging its way to me from La Follette, Tennessee, via a good chum in Florida. For those that…

Mr Riddle’s Hounds (USA)

Posted on Thursday, May 9, 2019
Written by: Firebrand

Here are some lovely 19th century hunt buttons from the USA.  A full ‘dress’ set of Mr Riddle’s. According to ‘Great Breeders and Their Methods‘, Samuel Riddle’s hounds descended from the pack Gen. Lafayette presented to General George Washington after the Revolutionary War ( aka The American War of Independence). Riddle bred them not only…

A remarkable and mysterious tailcoat: Gogerddan Hunt?

Posted on Friday, May 3, 2019
Written by: Firebrand

I have just taken ownership of a wonderfully enigmatic tailcoat, and I wonder if anyone out there can help identify it. Made in the late 1800s, of very soft fabric, it has a couple of most unusual construction details:  The glove pockets are on the outside of the tails, not inside as usual, and there…