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Due to the moving and all what goes with it, I didn't managed to spend much attention to my button collection, for a few years.
Still a lot of things to do over here, but lets say we are settled for the best.
Weather being bad over here for the last weeks, I managed to restart doing my buttons.
The collection is stored in old printing furniture (second pic), with 12 draws each, witch I adapted in order to present greatest part of my buttons.
I am no there yet, but quiet good to show you how it stands.
The two rows on the left are my international buttons, holding military and civilian buttons from the whole world.
Except for the British and French witch can be seen in the two central rows.
And the Belgian witch are showed in the last two rows on the right.

My British military buttons are numbered according to numbers used by H Ripley used in his book (pic 3).

I posted it here because of the mix of nationality's, and the mix of civilian and military buttons.

 

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    • Thanks for your reply Patrick, just in case some might not know what the Belgian WW1 Medal you were referencing looks like I have included one here. I understand that the small crown on the ribbon denoted the recipient was a volunteer.  
    • Brian, Thanks for initiating this discussion. For me, it’s a combination of the thrill of the chase, the history behind the item, and the aesthetics, although this latter factor may seem a bit strange to some. To illustrate this, the very first thing I collected as a kid in the 1950’s was a Belgian WW1 medal, for service in 1914-18, which is bell shaped, with a very striking profile of a very dignified soldier, wearing an Adrian helmet which bears a laurel wreath. It was the image that
    • Thank you for sharing your story, it was most interesting and greatly appreciated, it makes this blog well worth the time to post. Regards Brian  
    • Hello I started collecting when I found my first Mauser cartridges in a field next to my parents' house next to Armentières. I was eight years old.  Then shrapnel, schrapnell balls, darts... That's how I became a historian. When I was 18, we used to walk through the fields with a metal detector to find our happiness. It was my time in the army as a research-writer in a research centre that made me love the orders of chivalry. I've been collecting them for 24 years now. Christophe
    • Thank you for your most interesting comment. The thrill of the chase didn't interest me in the beginning but over time it started to overshadow the act of simply adding yet another medal or group to the collection. Regards Brian  
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