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Hi all,

Again, not much time for the forums (exams next week + two in January - not looking forward of them but has to be done!).

Anyway, on the way home from college, I managed to secure this lot.

Nothing mad rare but I like these unusual institutions buttons. Something with the twist! ;)

First row (left to right)

1. Bengal Medical Staff. Hollow button, maker "W&R* Smith" Got 6 of them
2. Belfast Harbour Police. Maker "Foley & Croker * Dublin"
3. Dublin Port and Docks Board. Maker "j.R.Gaunt * London"
4. ? (some college?)
5. Commissioners of Irish Lights. Maker "Badge & Button * London"
6. Blackened Commissioners of Irish Lights. Maker "Buttons Limited * Birmingham"
7. Belfast Harbour Police. Maker "C & J. Weldon * London"

Second row:

8. ???? Maker "Firmin * London"
9. Clyde Navication. Maker "Ltd. RVH * Smith & Wright"
10. Very small Army Veterinary Service. Maker "Firmin & Sons"
11. ???? looks old. Maker "Doppelt V Vergoldet" (???)
12. Hibernian Marine School. No maker
13. "This I'll defend" ???? "Comyns & Sons * Dublin"
14. Bank of Ireland (as a client, I know institution well smile.gif)

Last row:

15. Royal Corps of Transport. Maker "Gaunt * London"
16. ??? Maker "Firmin * England" Looks very modern
17. Royal Ulster Constabulary. Maker "Firmin * London"
18. Lothians & Border Horse Yeomanry. Maker "I & B. Pearse * London"

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Yes, these lights ones are nice. I know an officer WW1 group to the (RE I think) Irish lights man. If I can secure it some nice day, these buttons would be prefect for a display with the gongs!

Also I was just advised that the RUC button is first pattern one, after they were separated from RIC.

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Anything to do with the Belfast Harbour Police is fairly rare - although I doubt they have a huge value. Mervyn

Thanks! Yes, we do not see many of these around here. Also Hibernian Marine School is the one that is pretty scare. No. 4 is actually Trinity college.

But the best find was No.1 - Bengal Medical Staff. Button gnomes had been advised that it is pre 1850 button. Similar, post 1860 button, fetched over £33 on eBay recently.... and I got 6 of them!!!!

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