Metal buttons through the ages

Buttons are a fascinating subject as most things are if you take the time to look a little deeper. There are a myriad of different types and materials used, and probably more than any other commonly found artefact,  can tell you a lot about the status and life of the original owner.

As detectorists, we probably find more old metal buttons and fasteners than anything else. A lot of them will be just plain metal discs, so it’s always a pleasure to find one that’s a bit special.  Some are obviously quite old. But just how old? Below is a rough guide to British metal buttons through the ages, which will help you put a date and period to your finds. For more detailed information and resources visit http://finds.org.uk/

 

Iron age buttons.

800 BC –  43 AD

  Roman button2  Roman button1

Roman button3  Roman button2  Roman button1

 

 

Roman buttons

43 AD – 410 AD

Roman button3  Roman button2  Roman button1

 

Roman button3      Roman button2      Roman button1

 

 

 Saxon & Viking buttons.

410 AD – 1066 AD

Roman button3      Roman button2      Roman button1

Roman button3      Roman button2      Roman button1

 

 

Medieval buttons

1153 AD – 1485 AD

Roman button3      Roman button2      Roman button1

Roman button3      Roman button2      Roman button1

 

 

Tudor buttons

1485 AD – 1603 AD

Roman button3      Roman button2      Roman button1

Roman button3      Roman button2      Roman button1

 

 

Stuart buttons

1603 AD – 1714 AD

Roman button3      Roman button2      Roman button1

Roman button3      Roman button2      Roman button1

 

 

  Georgian  buttons

1714 AD – 1837 AD

Roman button3      Roman button2      Roman button1

Roman button3      Roman button2      Roman button1

 

 

Victorian buttons

1837 AD – 1901 AD

Roman button3      Roman button2      Roman button1

Roman button3      Roman button2      Roman button1

 

 

 

Edwardian buttons

1901 AD – 1910 AD

Roman button3      Roman button2      Roman button1

Roman button3      Roman button2      Roman button1

 

 

 

Early modern buttons

 1910 AD -1950 AD

Roman button3      Roman button2      Roman button1

Roman button3      Roman button2      Roman button1

 

 

Modern buttons

1950 AD – Present day

Roman button3      Roman button2      Roman button1

Roman button3      Roman button2      Roman button1

5 Responses to Metal buttons through the ages

  1. Drew says:

    Is this page unfinished or what happened?
    All the categories of buttons have the same few images repeated on them and none of them link to anything.
    It’s an entire page of incorrectly repeat “same” photo’s! It doesn’t serve a purpose! Sorry!

    • Mark says:

      Yes.. It’s unfinished. Sorry.. 🙁 I’ve been so busy with my app. I’ve let the site take a back seat.. I will try to finish it over the next few days or so. Thanks for the prod! 🙂

      • scott macleay says:

        hi, i have several button found whilst metal detecting, will it be possible to submit them to you and have them included if they prove useful?

        • scott macleay says:

          2 i believe to be quite early as they can from a garden next to a well known middle saxon site. the others range from livery, military, pewter and one with a lovely coat of arms

  2. Tejas Nair says:

    When will this page be updated? Atlas Obscura has linked your page. Please edit it, dear author. It’s interesting stuff.

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