Here is a group of buttons and two service bars cut from the uniform of a New York Central Railroad veteran employee -- most likely a Trainman or Brakeman.
We can tell this was a 10-year employee by the two silver service bars, each denoting five years of service. These are crafted of actual silver metal that was spun into the finest of threads for embroidery. The silver has tarnished somewhat and we have NOT attempted to clean it.
Also included are 3 large coat front buttons and 5 smaller vest front or coat cuff buttons. All are attached to the fabric with their original clips and loops. These are authentic buttons that are brass with plated nickel tops (or other metal that is silver color).
The New York Central reserved "gold" (usually brass) for the uniforms of its higher ranking employees such as Conductors or Station Agents. Silver was used on the uniforms of lower ranking titles such as Trainman, Brakeman or Fireman.
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