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About this site
The Early British Military Button Project aims to record new finds and provide the most definitive resource of these artefacts and covers the militias, volunteers and yeomanry units.
Whilst there are some sites and books that deal with the Regular Regiments of Cavalry, Infantry and the few Corps of the period, there are very few on the ever expanding finds of these smaller irregular units.
Many of these units we know little about and often the only surviving artefacts we know of, to even physically show they ever existed, are their uniform buttons. Recording find spots of unusual or unknown types can help allocate identities to previously non-confirmed issues and can often be the crucial final piece of evidence needed.
Today many hundreds a year are discovered by metal detectorists, many of which are unknown and would remain unrecorded as there has not been anywhere to record and identify these items. Thus every day we were seeing knowledge drip away as these little pieces of our history are often discarded as 'interesting but unidentifiable'.
Our key aim...
Is to bring together all the sides interested in these artefacts, our history and heritage, from the militaria collectors and academics to responsible detectorists who of course would like to have their finds identified and if of an unknown type recorded, thus adding to our knowledge of this fascinating period of our history.
So if you have found something unusual or are trying to ID something you cant find on here, please feel free to send it in and we will do our best to help.
This is a huge project and one which will run for many years as we record not only new types but put up all the known types so people can benefit from the knowledge that is already out there.