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Old 17-09-16, 01:47 PM
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Hi,

I am trying to identify these buttons. I believe they are "Generic Issue - 2nd Pattern Royal Artillery button, Officer & O/R's - 1790-1802" but am not 100% certain.

I'm also interested if anyone knows how long after the issue date they may have remained in use, as they may help in dating a context in an archaeological dig.

Thanks in advance for any help that can be given.
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Old 17-09-16, 04:27 PM
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Hi

Welcome to the Forum!

Flat buttons of that pattern were the standard Royal Artillery button from c. 1785 - 1802. It's impossible to give a precise date. Officers buttons were gilt, O/R's buttons were brass.

Convex buttons of the same pattern were worn by Honourable East India Company Artillery units at a later date, probably until c. 1840's/1850's.

The RA introduced a new pattern button c. 1802 but the old buttons would probably have been phased out over a period of time.

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