Waterbury Button Company – Uniform Buttons!


I have several of these Waterbury Button Company Uniform buttons – they are U.S. Army, Vietnam War Class A jacket – 1st Cavalry Airmobile Division.

I did some research on the Waterbury Button Company – so interesting!

Founded in wartime in the early 19th century, The Waterbury Button Company has been making stamped metal buttons for over 200 years!

Some notable mentions:

1812 – When General Ulysses S. Grant met General Robert E. Lee at Appomattox Courthouse, both men wore Waterbury buttons on their chests.

1870 – The Waterbury Button Company undertakes production of a new, wondrous material – celluloid. Lustrous buttons made of celluloid fill a fashion trend.

1917 – The U.S. enters World War I, and the Waterbury Button Company steps into a well rehearsed role as primary supplier of uniform buttons for the armed forces.

1920’s – The company is heavily involved in the toy business, manufacturing aluminum toys such as airplanes, candy banks, tractors, etc.

1925 – It is among the first manufacturers to mold a new plastic called Bakelite into buttons.

1939 – “Gone With the Wind” – Actors playing Confederate and Union soldiers wear costumes bearing authentic buttons specially produced for the epic movie by The Waterbury Button Company.

1997 – Hollywood calls again: The crew of the ill-fated R.M.S. Titanic, part of the White Star Line, wore Waterbury buttons. The company is tapped to make replicas for the costumes worn by actors playing crew members in the blockbuster movie, “Titanic”.


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