Metal These buttons were made from a variety of pure metals and alloys. Though you may find an occasional sterling, gold or pewter button, most metal buttons were made from brass and copper. CC- if these buttons are one- piece they can be cleaned with water and dried quickly. If the metals was iron or steel these are magnetic0 the metal will rust if it gets wet, do not use water on these buttons. Try rubbing with a soft cloth to clean and polish the surface. Some brass and copper buttons had a painted on colored surface that will come off with water.
GLOSSARY: Symbols, explained
Contact Author I recently purchased 10 pounds of vintage buttons. The seller said they were old but I didn't realize just how old they were. There were many yellow and brown toned buttons that I am pretty sure used to be white. There were buttons ripped off of old clothes, and the small ripped pieces of fabric definitely looked to be from decades past. There were a few that had cracked apart. It looked like they somehow disintegrated and and they had broken off in these weird clumps.
How to Identify Military Buttons by Contributor Each branch of the military has different buttons and symbols to identify themselves: Different officers from different branches of the military wear different military buttons. If you are needing to determine which military buttons bear which significances, you can do so by keeping a few rules in mind. It's usually gold, but some of the buttons can be brass.
ButtonBackmark-Scovill Scovill, two part button, hat or sleeve size, 15mm. Tice, Dating Buttons, page 65 et seq. Two part convex button, hat or sleeve size.