Hunt Button Collecting

18th/19th century Fife Hunt ‘club’ coat.

Posted on Tuesday, December 11, 2018
Written by: Firebrand

Who-whoop! I have been lucky enough to secure ownership of this magnificent hunt ‘club’ coat, sold recently at specialist period fashion and haute couture auctioneers Kerry Taylor Auctions in Bermondsey, London.  In style, the coat is late 18th century, but the plated (silver on copper) buttons place it in the first quarter of the 19th….

Can you dig it?

Posted on Sunday, November 18, 2018
Written by: Firebrand

I have a particular fondness for buttons that have been recovered from muddy fields, river banks and hedges.  My romantic vision of them having ‘pinged’ off during a particularly lively five mile point is, of course, idealistic.  The practice of spreading fields with ‘shoddy’ – ground up rags – means the number of buttons, of…

Hunting cries and calls on buttons: Supplementary

Posted on Wednesday, October 10, 2018
Written by: Firebrand

Below is a (sadly rather poor) image of an extremely rare regimental hunt button from the 18th century.  Currently in the hands of a private collector whom wishes to remain anonymous, this early 7th Dragoon Guards button is a true Hunt button, rather than a ‘saddle club’ or blazer button used on a hunt coat….

Hunting cries and calls on buttons

Posted on Friday, October 5, 2018
Written by: Firebrand

I was scratching around, trying desperately to think of a theme for my newest post when a recently acquired ‘Sporting’ button gave me an idea……Within my own collection, how many buttons include some form of cry or call heard in the field? To start off, here is the Sporting button in question.  Not a hunt…

Hanles Hunt? Code-breaker needed!

Posted on Wednesday, September 12, 2018
Written by: Firebrand

We really need your help on this recent addition to the Firebrand collection. Can anybody read the legend in the banner?  Hanles?  Hanlly? Hanley? Or have a clue what it might be? Although dug up near Strood in Kent, that’s no indication of the pack’s location.  It could even be colonial.  The button carries no…

An Irish mystery..

Posted on Sunday, August 12, 2018
Written by: Firebrand

Can anyone help identify this button? It carries a Foley & Croker, Dublin backmark (see image) which suggests (although ’tis not certain) that it’s an Irish button.  It’s very similar to a Tickham I know, but the lettering is much larger. I have temporarily mislaid my copies of the images in the 1908 Irish Hunt…

Great Days Two: Mr Harwicke’s harriers

Posted on Sunday, July 22, 2018
Written by: Firebrand

After a long break I’m delighted to be back, in support of the launch of Peter and Dr. Helen Brook’s ‘Great Days Two’ at the Lycetts Festival of Hunting earlier this month.  In a recent Facebook post an excerpt from GD2 covered an extraordinary event occurring during a day’s hunting with Mr Harwicke’s harriers.  I’m…

Can you help identify this button?

Posted on Wednesday, May 2, 2018
Written by: Firebrand

Can anyone identify this button? One assumption is an early Vale of Lune Harriers, but no-one is sure (yet!) The backmark is the ubiquitous Pitt & Co. 31 Maddox St London W. placing it anywhere between 1895 and 1973 – therefore too late for the Vale of Lune’s first incarnation (1866 – 1888).  It is…

A connoisseur’s collection

Posted on Wednesday, March 21, 2018
Written by: Firebrand

I recently visited a good friend in the US – a keen collector of British hunt buttons and the owner of a superb collection of silver sets. Whilst wishing to remain anonymous he gave me permission to photograph some of the most impressive items.  I’ve chosen to share just three of them Starting with a…

Is you is, or is you ain’t?

Posted on Sunday, February 18, 2018
Written by: Firebrand

In amongst a mixed lot of hunt buttons I bought recently were a number of buttons marked as ‘?’ or with suggestions as to what they might be.  Are they hunt buttons at all I ask?  I thought I’d offer them up for anyone to have a go at identifying. 1-4: Top left. The Duke…