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 our buttons 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 was retained to make the metal buttons for branches of the U.S. Military forces because of their demonstrated ability to reliably deliver the highest 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 high 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 in 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, Ralph Lauren and Brooks Brothers. 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. They even made buttons for all of the White Star Lines ships including the Titanic as well as the military buttons formany foreign countries.
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 heavy reinforced, 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 oldest metal button manufacturer in the United States.