Hunt Button Collecting

Military Hunt buttons. Part Two: Early examples.

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

In this second part of three 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…

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…

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…