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Old 02-06-16, 08:20 PM
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Default mystery button, police? oriental?

I have had this button for over 30 years and I have never found out what it is nor have I seen another one.
All I know is that it came from a huge police badge collection.
The button is open backed, high quality silver plated.
It seems oriental but I do not know if it is a clock or a crown.
I have no clue what the symbols represent.

Does anyone know?
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Old 02-06-16, 09:05 PM
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Hello btns

I've not seen your button before but could that 'device' be a pagoda? It certainly seems to be an oriental design and if it is a stylised pagoda then it could be from Nepal, China, Japan, Korea, Burma and so on, almost any Asian country in fact!

No backmark I take it?

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Old 02-06-16, 09:11 PM
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Could it be something to do with Weihaiwei :

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Weihai


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Old 02-06-16, 09:34 PM
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Thank you for your replies.
It does not have a backmark.

I had not considered a pagoda, thank you.
I am going to research Weihaiwei.
I am going to post a picture of its back. It is a high quality button, possibly British manufacture. It could also be French, ca. 1900.
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Old 03-06-16, 06:09 AM
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Most likely Burmese or Thai ..
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Old 03-06-16, 04:57 PM
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After research I am now considering it could be Cambodian or Laotian.
The 'hat' resembles the "Great Crown" both countries (used to) have for their kings.
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I agree with Khyber: likely Thai or Burmese.
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Old 20-06-16, 09:32 PM
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As promised a while ago, here is a picture of the back.
It is a superb button.
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Old 22-06-16, 01:26 PM
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Nicely made indeed. It looks as if it may have been lacquered at some point as well, though I'm not sure that is significant.
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Old 27-07-16, 08:46 PM
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I think I finally found a Royal Cypher more or less matching the button.
It has the same number of vertical lines and the connecting curves seem to match.
It is Thai and has a very long link.
Next is to work out who was appointed crown prince ...

https://th.wikipedia.org/wiki/%E0%B8...%E0%B8%A1_2555

Here are Google's Royal Thai Cyphers:
https://www.google.nl/search?tbm=isc...r=1.25#imgrc=_
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