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Merchant Navy buttons attached with a clip - Assistant Purser Adrian Gower, P&O Line

Date: 1981-1983
Overall: 20 x 20 x 20 mm
Medium: Brass
Credit Line: ANMM Collection Gift from Adrian Gower
Object Name: Button
Object No: 00003633

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    HistoryThe raised design depicts a naval crown before an anchor within a braided rope surround. The naval crown, of alternate sterns and topsails, dates back to the early 18th century and is also known as Nelson’s crown, as it was used to commemorate his victory at Copenhagen in 1801. The official uniform of the Merchant Navy was introduced by the Board of Trade in 1918. An officer’s uniform jacket displays eight brass buttons running vertically down the front in two rows, while six buttons distinguish those who are not officers.

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