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It is also the case that there are some differences in respect of dating between the secondary sources that have been consulted.
Where it has not been possible to reconcile such differences, the various dates and date ranges encountered are all shown in the applicable ‘Date’ field.
This has been done to facilitate faster tracing of a company when backmarks are partially illegible, as they often are on buttons recovered from the ground.
In addition to listing backmarks, any relevant information concerning the button makers is shown in summary form.
In the list, the backmark is always the combination of the ‘Name’ and ‘Address’ fields.
If the address is not part of the backmark, the ‘Address’ field will be empty.
They have been collated from a large number of sources over a long period of time, both documentary and from the buttons themselves, most of which have been recovered by metal detectorists.
In general, dates should be regarded as approximate, and not exclusive unless the context indicates otherwise.
They also occasionally include a pictorial trademark, such as the Prince of Wales plume found on Jennens’ buttons from 1860.
The first Army-type uniform coats and shirts offered to the fledgling Boy Scouts of America came equipped with military style brass buttons with the letters "B. OF A." surrounding a British-style fleur de lis above a banner labeled "Be Prepared." Most buttons of the 1911-1920 period were stamped on the back with the Sigmund Eisner Company name, the same company in Red Bank, NJ that supplied the U. But buying up enough antique buttons to outfit our Centennial Celebration Team's reproduction uniforms--each coat requires 5 3/4" buttons and 4 5/8" pocket buttons--could call for an economic stimulus package all on its own!
were removed leaving just the Boy Scouts of America symbol every Scout is familiar with today.
Where various members or generations of the same family worked for the business, they are listed under the common surname.
Where double or multiple names apply, each name is listed separately, but cross-referenced back to the main company name.
It is the intention that the list will be periodically updated, as more of the backmarks are confirmed.