Dating scovill buttons
(source: The lettered eagle buttons in the US Army had their counterparts in the Confederate States Army, they simply had the letter (no eagle).
The eagle appeared on many of the general staff buttons, but not on the Confederate general service nor the letter buttons.
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On May 14, 1941 the Navy ordered that the head of the eagle face its right side.
There are many interesting facts about US military uniform buttons.His book, the first book listed below, is a must for US military button collectors, as well as various other references on buttons and backmarks.Books in my library on US Military buttons include: The design of US Navy Officer’s buttons prior to WWII, in use from 1852 until 1941, was an eagle facing left standing on a horizontal anchor.In 1946 Congress permanently transferred the Commerce Department's Bureau of Marine Inspection and Navigation to the Coast Guard, thereby placing merchant marine licensing and merchant vessel safety under its purview.” (sources: , by Alphaeus H.Albert)Pictured are buttons from the various services that eventually became part of the US Coast Guard.