Passing your mouse over the button image will turn the button over so the back may be seen.In some cases, more than one example of a type is shown.There are many interesting facts about US military uniform buttons.Here are some of those - with examples, all buttons pictured are from my collection.“The shift of the eagle's aspect to right-facing from left-facing is logical from the perspective of heraldic tradition, since the right side (dexter) is the honor side of the shield and the left side (sinester) indicates dishonor or illegitimacy.” (source: the buttons in the picture, those on the left are Civil War-era, those on the right are from a WWII US Navy uniform (my father-in-law’s).
Some were American made, but there were many beautiful British made buttons too. As quoted on the US Coast Guard website source listed below, “The service received its present name in 1915 under an act of Congress that merged the Revenue Cutter Service with the U. Life-Saving Service, thereby providing the nation with a single maritime service dedicated to saving life at sea and enforcing the nation's maritime laws.
The difference is that the more common one during the Civil War, the NA112, had the upper fluke of the anchor behind the left wing, whereas the NA113 had the upper fluke of the anchor in front of the left wing.
These types were used right up through WWII, although the NA112 type became much less common after the Civil War.(source: , by Alphaeus H.
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Some of the relics listed are retained in the author's collection, most reside in other collections and are not owned by the author.