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Title KuK officer's button
Nationality Austrian
Period c 1780-92
Price £35.00

This little gilt tunic button (2.5cm diameter) is of two-piece construction, with a brass back and gilding metal face. It bears the coat of arms of Leopold II, Emperor of Austria, who reigned 1780-92. Apart from the fighting with the Turks, this button might have seen service in the winter campaign against the French of 1793-94 in the Netherlands.

This is a die-struck button and the design is still in exceptional shape for its age. There is obviously some wear, but nothing serious and the legend around the rim is clearly legible. However, there is some minor dark age staining to the face and the reverse is slightly caved in.

It has a nice slightly polished gilding metal look. I have cleaned the front only, using weak ammonia and a soft cloth. I have left the back as I found it.

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


[Militaria : Buttons : Austrian : 18th Century]

testimonials

I just received the buckle, it's an excellent example, thank you again.

N J, UK, 08.04.2017

[From a vendor, rather than a buyer]

I'm delighted that you are happy with the badge and I hope you can sell it to someone who will value owning it.

I tried to sell it on eBay but they won't accept Nazi items. I then contacted several dealers via a Google search who mostly offered me 40-50 after some haggling. Most of the other dealers tried to conceal its true value in their replies and also lacked manners which doesn't inspire confidence.

Ultimately it's about trust. I should think that most prospective sellers have done their own research and therefore know roughly what their item is worth. You were the only dealer who had the integrity to concede that my valuation was approximately correct and I respect your comment that you can't offer this as you need to make a profit. Your honest approach is greatly appreciated and I felt comfortable taking the risk in sending it to you.

Thank you for a smooth transaction

C D, UK, 01.07.2015

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