26th February 09, 11:50 AM
This has perhaps been discussed before, (although I could not find a thread specifically about this,) but, what's the deal with the diamond shape buttons on black argyll jackets? Seems like some folks hate them, but that's all I ever see. I just bought an argyll on-line and it has the chrome diamond shape buttons with the thistle design. Is there another option? Black buttons? Pewter?
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26th February 09, 12:09 PM
Irish Jackets have round buttons.
26th February 09, 12:14 PM
I was actually wondering the same thing. The bright metal buttons do seem to dress it up a bit.
Originally Posted by kiltedsawyer
It wouldn't be that hard to remove the bright buttons and replace them with some of your choosing.
I'll second the question: Anyone done it?
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26th February 09, 12:25 PM
I swapped my buttons for the Eagle buttons from three feathers but they have many different styles
26th February 09, 12:53 PM
I knew there was something different about those guys.
Originally Posted by tooltruckguy
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26th February 09, 01:07 PM
Now I don't own an argyll yet but do the diamond buttons tend to catch on anything? Or do they have such a finish that they slip past most things?
That's the only thing that made me think I might want to change out the buttons. Other than that I really do like the look of them.
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26th February 09, 02:33 PM
My argyll (black) has the diamond buttons, no problem with them catching on things any more than the round ones on my Crail. I have seen round, pewter buttons on some of the ready-made jackets for sale by vendors at some of the games.
Originally Posted by Spc. Scott
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26th February 09, 03:04 PM
Well Bust My Buttons
That's because I designed them so the jackets (originally made by Gaelic Themes) would look less Scottish. Scott Chalmers went to a lot of trouble ( and no little expense) having the buttons especially made.
Originally Posted by tooltruckguy
The buttons on formal jackets tend to be silver (or "white metal" as it is properly termed) and square or diamond shaped because that's pretty much all that's available unless one has buttons custom made.
The "standard" doublet button is a "hand-me-down" from the buttons worn on some military doublets, hence their ready accessibility to tailors and manufacturers.
There is no reason you may not wear round buttons, and they may be of cut steel, silver, gold, faceted jet, or cloth covered. I've seen them all worn on formal highland attire, and they all look equally smart.
I have also seen a set of enameled buttons bearing the crest of the owner-- now that is smart.
But avoid sardines as buttons, unless you are the Duke of Argyll!
Last edited by MacMillan of Rathdown; 26th February 09 at 03:16 PM.
26th February 09, 08:37 PM
26th February 09, 08:43 PM
I have round buttons that I had made showing my crest. There are photos of these buttons floating around in previous threads.
I have seen many heraldic buttons. Some Stewarts of my ken have buttons shaped like oak leaves. I have seen pine cones, eagles, seals, wolves, castles, even bare-breasted ladies! Hugh Cameron of Kilwhillie, in Sir Compton Mackeanzie's wonderful books, has a double with buttons of jet, in the shape of some Cameron hound, with eyes of ruby!
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