Waterbury Button Company -The Short story
Prior to 1812, the United States military buttons were made in England. In 1812 we went to war with the British and the only way they were willing to deliver ourbuttons was through the business end of a cannon. To solve this little problem, Aaron Benedict established the Waterbury Button Company in 1812.
The very best place to produce brass buttons was, of course, the "Brass Capital of The World"; Waterbury Connecticut from which the newly formed company adopted it's name. After the War of 1812, the company continued making buttons for all branches of the U.S. Military forces because of their demonstrated abilityto reliably deliver high quality products. These same abilities earned them more and more contracts from around the world.
The company has never lost those incredible attributes of reliability and consistent highest quality. As a result, they continue in operation today as the oldest metal button manufacturer in the United States. Their complete operation is still maintained Connecticut and they continue to make metal buttons for just about everybody in the world. Just a partial list includes the fashion houses like Liz Claiborne, Donna Karen, & J C. Penny. They make the buttons for Disney Cruise Line, the Masters Golf Tournament, and most every railroad, state police department, and fire department across the United States. Theyeven make buttons for every state in our union plus many foreign countries. Remembering that the War of 1812 was the reason for their birth, would you like toguess who makes some of the buttons today for the Royal Navy??
All buttons in the Premium & Distinctive line are minted in solid brass and plated in Premium quality 24 KT jeweler's gold. In addition, they come with heavyreinforced, uniform grade, button backs with a fully soldered loop. They are simply the top of the line. All brought to you by Waterbury Button Company; the oldestmetal button manufacturer in the United States.