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A few of my favourite buttons from the hunts of North America

I recently purchased a lovely button for the Moingona Hunt in the US, and thought I would share a few of my  buttons from the North American continent.  My collection of US and Canadian buttons is small, with many yet to find and collect, but I could have featured so many already.  So, I’ve concentrated on some of my favourites – plus a couple of mysteries.

Let’s start with that Moingona Hunt.

I’ve featured the Old North Bridge button before because of the superb detail of the engraving and die-cutting.

This Old Dominion Hounds button is solid silver, and unusual (but not unique) with an heraldic crest included.

Hound and whip, along with a horn, are familiar elements in US hunt buttons.

The Old Chatham Foxhounds button is much more scarce than the Old Chatham Foot Beagles.

A date, again whilst not unique, is unusual.

Grand Lang Lugs!

Another date.

This button, with its fox ‘regardant’ was taken up by the Brook Hunt in Australia after the Brandywine ended in 2003.

My absolute favourites – The Treweryn ‘couple’

Now some question marks:

This button is attributed to the Piedmont Beagles, but I can’t quite make out the design.  Can you help?  Another solid silver button.

Is this even a hunt button, or a fashion item?  Perhaps a rebus.  It appears to show ‘The’ above a letter Q encircling a hound’s head, then a horn.  Is it trying to say ‘The Quorn’?  Help!

Finally,  despite the fox mask I cannot find a pack called the Pullman Hertford.  Perhaps it’s a company name.

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