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Title East India Company naval officer's buttons
Nationality British Empire
Period mid-19th century

These buttons probably date from the pre-Mutiny period, because in about 1860 the British Government took over from the EIC, implicitly blaming them for their failure to contain the Mutiny without the aid of Imperial troops. The old EIC navy then became the Royal Indian Marine.

The device of the lion holding the crown in his paws with one foot in the air is classic imagery of the EIC found on gunlocks, among other things. The EIC navy was responsible for guarding convoys and troop transports and generally protecting the Company's commercial activities worldwide. For some reason, their buttons rarely seem to come on the market.

The condition is excellent, with a little wear and tear here and there. They are made by Firmin of London.

If you want to comment on this item—re quality, age, etc—please email me.

[Militaria : Buttons : British Empire : 19th Century]


Just to let you know the two propelling pencils, in the form of pistols, have just arrived in the condition you sent them. Thank you very much indeed for your excellent and prompt service, and I will keep a look out on your site for any other pencils you may have for sale in the future.

M H, UK, 09.02.2011

Just to let you know that the bayonet arrived safely this morning by Royal Mail. I am delighted with it and it will be put to very good use at some forthcoming events.

A F, UK, 23.05.2009