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American Military Buttons by Bazelon


American Military Buttons, An Interpretive Study • The Early Years 1785-1835 by Bruce S. Bazelon and William Leigh

Covers hundreds of American military buttons from the end of the Revolution to 1835.

  • The Regular Army
  • The Nautical Services
  • The State Militias
  • The Diplomatic Service

The authors made use of unpublished research notes, publications from 1911 to the present day, and new information contributed by collectors and “diggers.” This book offers a new understanding of American patriotic heraldry and the evolution of manufacturing processes and distinctive regional characteristics. The work examines federal regulations, button types, and the use of various symbols relating to each state and its militias. Nearly 2,000 photographs of these buttons, with most depicting both obverse and reverse, are shown in color in order to aid in identification and attribution. This useful guide provides a context through which to appreciate early 19th-century American military buttons as they reflect the growth and maturing of the American nation.


  • Hardcover
  • 8.5″ x 11″
  • 224 pages
  • 1,950 color photos


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