King's Colonials Buttons


The King’s Colonials Full Dress and Service Dress, tunic breast and cuff buttons were in gilt for Officers (Figure 289) and brass for Other Ranks (Figures 290-291). They are referenced as Ripley Ref No 419 for the cuff button and as Ripley and Darmanin Ref No 140 for the tunic button under KEH. They are of the same design as the second pattern Regimental badge with the Prince of Wales’s plumes over ‘KC’ letters and Regimental motto “REGI ADSUMUS COLONI”. The King’s Colonials button shown in Figure 289 is a 17mm diameter Other Ranks brass tunic cuff button with Hobson of London maker’s mark on the sealed back. An Officer's gilt tunic breast button is shown in Figures 290-291 was made by Firmin & Son London and measures 24mm in diameter.

Officer's gilt buttons are noted by Keith Hook as being rimmed and in three sizes and different makers: 26mm QVC wreath and Firmin; 20mm QVC wreath and Firmin, and Hobson; and 16mm QVC wreath and Firmin. He has also noted Other Ranks buttons as an 18mm brass rimmed with a blank back; brass un-rimmed 26mm Hobson, 20mm Hobson, and 15mm blank back.

Ripley and Darmanin note that there are also white metal King’s Colonials tunic buttons. These would be consistent with the white metal King’s Colonials shoulder titles noted in Figure 286 thought to have been manufactured and worn for ceremonial occasion/s. A further note from the authors describes a domed button with silver Regimental device on gilt which may have been for an Officer’s cap or Mess Dress.

Figure 289: King’s Colonials Other Rank's brass tunic cuff button by Hobson of London (Ripley and Darmanin Ref No 140) (Ian Baker collection).

Figures 290-291: King’s Colonials Officer's gilt tunic button by Firmin & Son.