DUR-17297E: DUR-17297E

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Unique ID: DUR-17297E

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A copper-alloy General Service Army Button, dating from the late post-medieval to modern period (1871-c.1902).

The convex obverse of the cast-moulded button bears the Royal coat of arms, a lion and unicorn (rampant), holding the royal shield with crown above. The legend "DIEU ET MON DROIT" ("God and my right"), the motto of the British monarch, is recorded below in very small (and partially damaged) script on two scrolls to the lower left and lower right of the main design. The button has a brown coloured patina that is worn and flaking in places, and the edge is abraded in places. It is slightly dented to the lower right of the central royal shield.

The reverse has two small holes for the attachment of a wire loop (now missing); no makers mark is visible, and the area in which such a mark may have been recorded (circumferentially, around the two attachment holes) is somewhat corroded.

The button is 24.08mm in diameter, 6.44mm thick, and weighs 2.8g.

Wilkinson-Latham (2002, 62) notes that the general service button were issued from 1871, replacing other regimental buttons amongst the rank and file, regimental patterns being retained only by officers and senior NCOs until such buttons were again sanctioned in 1924. The design of the royal arms in the context of this particular button would appear to suggest that it is late Victorian, pre-dating a change to the design in c.1902.

A number of similar buttons have been recorded on the database, including: LANCUM-1DBA77; LANCUM-B1B928; SOM-178C15.


Wilkinson-Latham, R., 2002. Discovering British military badges and buttons. Shire Publications, Princes Risborough.

Inscription: DIEU ET MON DROIT

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
Subperiod from: Late
Period from: POST MEDIEVAL
Period to: MODERN
Date from: Exactly AD 1871
Date to: Circa AD 1902

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Thickness: 6.44 mm
Weight: 2.8 g
Diameter: 24.08 mm

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Thursday 1st December 2016 - Thursday 1st December 2016

Personal details

Found by: This information is restricted for your login.
Recorded by: Mr Benjamin Westwood
Identified by: Mr Benjamin Westwood

Materials and construction

Primary material: Copper alloy
Manufacture method: Cast
Completeness: Incomplete

Spatial metadata

Region: North East (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: County Durham (Unitary Authority)
District: County Durham (Unitary Authority)
Parish or ward: Bishop Auckland (Civil Parish)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: NZ2131
Four figure Latitude: 54.6736345
Four figure longitude: -1.67587912
1:25K map: NZ2131
1:10K map: NZ23SW
Grid reference source: Generated from computer mapping software
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 1 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
General landuse: Cultivated land
Specific landuse: Operations to a depth greater than 0.25m

References cited

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Created: 2 years ago
Updated: 2 years ago

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