Here is a set of 10 uniform buttons, many complete with cotter pins or round backer loops, from a New York Central Railroad employee's uniform (probably a Trainman or Brakeman).
There are 5 large coat-front buttons and 5 smaller vest front or cuff size buttons. It is difficult to find the round backing loops and cotter keys.
These are all authentic buttons, made by either the Scovill or Superior manufacturing company of Waterbury, CT, both correct manufacturers for these buttons. They are correctly made of brass, with plated caps over solid brass backs.
CONDITION is very good, showing some use. We have NOT attempted to clean them. All five of the loop studs on the back of the small buttons are solid and straight. TWO of the large button back studs are solid and straight; TWO are bent slightly to the side but solid; ONE is bent to the side and is loose but will not come out. ON THE BACKS -- There is very light surface rust on several of the round backer loops and a very few tiny spots of green brass tarnish.
The New York Central reserved "Gold" (brass) buttons for higher ranking employees such as Conductors and Station Agents. Lower ranks, such as Trainmen, Brakemen or Firemen, used silver color buttons.
A nice addition to a railway uniform collection !
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