Hunt Button Collecting

The Worms Head (Otter) Hunt

Posted on Friday, July 24, 2020
Written by: Firebrand

Recently offered for sale by Christie’s of London was this fabulous, cased set of Georgian silver buttons.  They were previously the property of Gloria, the late Dowager Countess Bathurst. Although only estimated at £200 – £400, the set realised £1,200 at the hammer. * Image copyright Christie’s of London. Reproduced for research. The buttons are…

A collection of printer’s blocks of Hunt buttons.

Posted on Saturday, May 30, 2020
Written by: Firebrand

Recently a number of old printer’s blocks (or letter presses) became available that were used to produce the images of hunt buttons in Baily’s Hunting Directory.  I have managed to secure a few, and have an option on many more. I thought BHD readers might like to see the ones I have so far.  It’s…

The Mystery of The North Durham & Northumberland Hunt. (Solved!)

Posted on Sunday, May 3, 2020
Written by: Firebrand

Recently an ancient hunt coat turned up for auction featuring a most interesting set of buttons bearing the letters NDN in ‘Acanthus script’.   Until the coat itself appeared, the only reference I had found to this particular button had been in a Firmin maker’s pattern book dating from the late 19th century that was sold…

Buttons of The Fife Hunt

Posted on Thursday, April 16, 2020
Written by: Firebrand

The recent addition to the vintage Scottish Gallery of the photo of the Fife Hunt has inspired me to share a few images.  Over the years, the Fife Hunt has had a wide selection of hunt buttons to its name, including a couple of the finest you’re likely to see. In approximately chronological order: This…

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…