Dating royal artillery buttons

Two gold arches rise from the tops of the crosses and intersect with each other. Queen Victoria’s version of this crown is a magnificent piece of jewellery made for her coronation in 1838; it is modern in design but set with ancient and famous gems, in particular the ruby and the sapphires.

At the intersection is a ball (in heraldry called a “mound”) of gold topped by another cross patée. Above the open-work silver rim of the crown are four silver crosses-patées that alternate with four ornamental fleurs-de-lis; from opposite crosses rise arches of silver worked into a design of oak leaves and acorn cups; from their intersection springs a mound with a cross-patée above it.

The jacket conforms to the clothing warrant of 1768 and dates from around 1780.

The buttons are large (230 mm), bone-backed, flat-faced gilt with repousse letters Sth R above a numeral 4, surrounded at the outer rim by a small chevron wreath.

The images were typically taken in a commercial studio while on the first leave after being fitted with a uniform.

They were given to loved ones or exchanged with friends.

Will said: “They have all been found by metal detector.

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