Is you is, or is you ain’t?

Posted on Sunday, February 18, 2018
In: Hunt Button Collecting
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.



Top left. The Duke of Hamilton’s and/or The Hamilton was been suggested.  Top right.  Lord Wemyss (Wemyss & March) ‘dress’ version perhaps.  There is a less ornate button, also including the reversed W and M that is definitely his hunt button.

Bottom Left.  Appears to be Dr. B H.  Any ideas?   Bottom right. Could be FDH or DFH.


5 – 8:  No idea on any of these.  The top right carries C&M, and Colwall & Mathon has been mooted.


9 – 14:

Top left reads NWF.  Top centre is crossed L’s. Top right reads AC or CA.

Bottom left reads AMF.  Bottom centre reads LMH.  Bottom right reads COMBH and it was suggested that the Combined Officers’ Mess was a possibility.


15.  Any ideas?



3 responses to “Is you is, or is you ain’t?”

  1. Mike says:

    Thomas Assheton Smith, founder of the Tedworth hunted his hounds as a private pack. A photograph of his huntsman, George Carter, shows him wearing a coat with six buttons. Is there any record as to whether they had a definitive identification, for example, the letters TAS.

    • Firebrand says:

      Hello Mike,
      Thanks for your query.
      As far as I can see, looking at all the records I hold, no-one has yet identified a specific button for Mr Assheton Smith’s pack (nor Lord Ailesbury whom succeeded him), but that doesn’t mean he didn’t have one.
      I’ll do some more digging around and get back to you if I find out anything more.

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