As the letters on these brass buttons imply, these were worn on the uniforms of French postal carriers and telegraph workers. Each button is about 3/4 of an inch across. Verso, each button is stamped T W & W Paris, which stands for the Trelon, Weldon, and Weil Company. Various sources date the beginning of the button company anywhere from 1814 to 1835. Many name changes would follow as partners came and went. But one firm date I found was the company merging and name changing in 1865 to Trelon-Weldon-Weil Hartog and Marchand (TWW HM). So, unless the new company used up old stock, these buttons are pre-1865!
Interesting trivia I came across while doing my online research: at one point the Paris factory employed almost 600 people and some of those were juvenile delinquents who were being given a second chance!
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