Dating us military buttons
Note that the length of the inner rays may appear to vary. , (three part officer button, small coat size, 18mm). & CO / (dot) PHIL (dot)" dm large letters with no serifs between two rings of dots, manufactured after after 1880, (Horstmann610). (dot)" dm small letters inner ring of dots, small size only, backmark is likely post war, (Horstmann631). Backmark: "HORSTMANN & CO / (dot) NY & PHI (dot)" dm between two rings of dots, manufactured by Steele & Johnson for Horstmann, ca 1860, (Horstmann700). , (three part officer button, hat or sleeve size, 14mm). , (three part officer button, coat size, 22mm to 23mm). None of the items listed in this section are for sale, please refer to sales listings for items offered for sale.
If a button is shanked without pressing a well, then the rays remain at the full length, if a well channel is pressed then part of the rays will be pressed into the well and appear to be shorter. Backmark: "HORSTMANN BROS / (star) PHIL (star)", dm between two rings of dots, manufactured by Steele & Johnson for Horstmann ca 1860, (Horstmann540). Note, there is a period after BROS, it is small and may be hard to see on some examples including this one. Backmark: "HORSTMANN BROS & Co (o is underlined) / (dot) PHILA (A is underlined) (dot)" dm inner ring of dots, Horstmann Brothers used this backmark 1870's to 1890's, Scovill manufactured, (Horstmann620). , (two part button, small coat or vest size, 18mm). This is a work in progress, I list items as I get to them, there are many patterns that are not listed yet, this list will be regularly updated as I get pictures and descriptions for more items.
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Backmark: "HORSTMANN & CO / (dot) NY dot" dm between two solid rings, inner ring of rays, Steele & Johnson produced ca 1860, small size, (Horstmann332). ca 1860, probably manufactured by Steele & Johnson for Horstmann, (Horstmann531). This may have been an abbreviated version of Horstmann Sons for the small size button, ca 1860, (Horstmann742). " dm inner rings of dots, outer ring is obscured by rim, small size only, probably Steele & Johnson, ca 1860, (Horstmann743). & PHILADA (star)" dm between rings, large letters no serifs, manufactured by Steele & Johnson, transitional use 1865 - 1870, (Horstmann770). Some of the relics listed are retained in the author's collection, most reside in other collections and are not owned by the author.WH Horstmann & Sons is entirely missing which includes 9 items, and the lead section for Horstmann Sons and Drucker is missing, the detailed backmarks for this section pick up on page 131.So the supplementary text includes approximately two pages of missing text.Pictures are published in the work below as they are found, eventually I hope to fill the gaps, but this is a daunting task. , (two part button, large coat size, 22mm to 23mm).W H Horstmann was the founder of the Horstmann empire. Backmark: "HORSTMANN & ALLIEN / (dot) NY dot" dm between two solid rings, inner ring of rays, Steele & Johnson produced ca 1860, large coat size, (Horstmann330).