Hunt Button Collecting

Catching Up After a Long Break.

Posted on Monday, September 13, 2021
Written by: Firebrand

After being away for quite a long break, I thought I would use this opportunity to catch up on some previous articles, and share some new discoveries Starting with Military Hunt buttons:   Here are two new acquisitions with which I am particularly pleased. This is an early hunt button for the 15th (Yorkshire East Riding)…

Mount Up!

Posted on Wednesday, June 2, 2021
Written by: Firebrand

Predominantly, but not exclusively, used as dress buttons on evening tails, mounted buttons are some of the more spectacular examples of hunt buttons. (N.B.  Here I talk of the UK and Ireland.  Europe has a stunning tradition for, and variety of, mounted buttons used for field wear.)  I thought I would share a few images…

Military Hunt buttons. Part Two: Early examples.

Posted on Saturday, March 6, 2021
Written by: Firebrand

In this second part looking at Military and Regimental hunt buttons, I’ll take a look at some of the early examples.  Straight out of the gate, I’ll apologise for the quality of some of the images.  These buttons can be rare, and I have used images from the Firmin pattern books. Although it is more…

Regimental & Military Hunt Buttons. Pt 1.

Posted on Thursday, January 21, 2021
Written by: Firebrand

Over recent weeks Baily’s have added  a number of images of military and regimental packs to the image Gallery.  These have sent me scurrying to see if the pack(s) in question have a known hunt button or not. The subject of military hunt buttons is one fraught with contention.  One could say it’s a minefield;…

A Little Revelation That Changes the Reference Books.

Posted on Saturday, December 5, 2020
Written by: Firebrand

All hunt button collectors will be familiar with the occasional memory block regarding the Kildare and Kilkenny hunt buttons, and which is which.  Just as we get it straight, Baily’s own Peter Brook has thrown the most wonderful cat in amongst the pigeons. Firstly, let’s review what we know, and I’ll reveal all later. The…

Cataloguing a button collection: An invaluable reference source.

Posted on Tuesday, November 24, 2020
Written by: Firebrand

In these days of databases, websites and ‘the cloud’, I thought I’d show you a wonderful ‘old school’ reference library. Originally, the work and property of Mr Fred Courtier – one of the most respected, knowledgeable and highly organised hunt button collectors of the end of the 20th century – these are his reference cards,…

Beware of Fakes and Copies

Posted on Tuesday, October 20, 2020
Written by: Firebrand

Collectors of any item of interest and/or value have always had to be on the look-out for replicas, copies and outright fakes masquerading as genuine, to make someone else ‘a quick buck’.  And would you believe that hunt button collectors are no different, and have to be on their guard as well?  Who’da thunk it? In…


Posted on Tuesday, August 18, 2020
Written by: Firebrand

Almost two years ago in Sept ’18 (cripes! where does the time go?) I posted a photo of a ‘relic’ button for the Hanley Hunt. Now, thanks to the generosity of metal detectorist Tim Russell I have acquired its larger brother.   Tim found this 33mm button on his permission in Herefordshire. The S Firmin….

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…