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Military Buttons

Collecting the buttons from military uniforms is often a very active hobby due to the unique nature of military buttons. On a military coat, a button was often decorative as well as function.

Military buttons will often reference a military’s nation of origin, and the soldier’s station. Military buttons are unique from military to military, and even from service to service within a nation. For example, navy buttons will often have ropes and anchors.


Quick Facts

  • The United States Marine Corps dress blues button features the oldest emblem of service with the United States military
  • Buttons made from seashells were uncovered from archaeological digs from as far back as 2,000 BC.
  • In the U.S. Army, commanders often knew where soldiers were from based on the unique decorations on their buttons

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Military Pins, Buttons & Dog Tags
Nov 06, 12:00 PM EDT
Military Pins, Buttons & Dog Tags
by Cottone Auctions
Est: $150- $250
$701 Bid
Group of Military Buttons
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Group of Military Buttons
by Cottone Auctions
Est: $150- $250
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NAVAJO SILVER BUTTON COVER
Nov 01, 12:30 PM EDT
NAVAJO SILVER BUTTON COVER
by Museum of Culture and Arts, Inc
Est: $80- $300
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Historical Die Struck Military Button Collection, 50 Different [141134]
Oct 29, 8:00 AM PDT
Historical Die Struck Military Button Collection, 50 Different [141134]
by Holabird Western Americana
Est: $500- $1,500
$2500 Bids
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Military Button Collection, 50 pcs [141135]
Oct 29, 8:00 AM PDT
Military Button Collection, 50 pcs [141135]
by Holabird Western Americana
Est: $500- $1,500
$2500 Bids
MILITARIA
Nov 04, 2:30 PM CET
MILITARIA
by Accademia Fine Art
Est: €150- €300
€1500 Bids
LIVERY BUTTONS, SIXTEEN GILT BUTTONS
Nov 16, 10:30 AM GMT
LIVERY BUTTONS, SIXTEEN GILT BUTTONS
by Dreweatts 1759 Fine Sales
Est: £60- £80
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Vint. police buttons, medals, ribbon bars & more
Nov 02, 11:30 PM EDT
Vint. police buttons, medals, ribbon bars & more
by Baker's Antiques and Auctions
Est: $125- $150
$750 Bids
Lot of 2 1800's Military Buttons
Oct 30, 1:00 PM EDT
Lot of 2 1800's Military Buttons
by Designer Homes of Central Florida
Est: $125- $1,250
$1250 Bids
1970 UNCLE SAM BUTTON
Nov 05, 12:30 PM EDT
1970 UNCLE SAM BUTTON
by Carroll's Auctioneers & Appraisers
Est: $80- $300
$100 Bids
Antique celluloid fireman’s pin back button
Nov 08, 11:30 PM EST
Antique celluloid fireman’s pin back button
by Baker's Antiques and Auctions
Est: $100- $125
$750 Bids
Early Cairns company fire department button
Nov 08, 11:30 PM EST
Early Cairns company fire department button
by Baker's Antiques and Auctions
Est: $30- $35
$200 Bids

Sellers Who Sell Military Buttons


Hindman

Hindman

Cottone Auctions

Cottone Auctions

Holabird Western Americana

Holabird Western Americana