Button # 53a 30mm Birmingham HM 1916 'F & S' LONDON 'JOHNSON WALKER & TOLHURST'
Sidcup Golf Club - The club was formed in 1891 and based originally at Hurst Road, Sidcup,
Kent. The club was uncertain about the following when I wrote to them some years
ago. Sheerness and Shortlands GCs were certain that these types did not apply to their
clubs, so the attribution is at present given as Sidcup. The button shown as (# 539) is a
copper gilt uniform type showing the famous White Horse of Kent as the central charge.
The reverse bears the retailerís title Johnson Walker & Tolhurst London; the company also
supplied many livery buttons. The same pattern in silver, is hall marked London 1905
by F & S (Firmin & Sons) (# 538) but retailed as for the preceding item. I also have a
London 1904 issue, with a makerís mark P.F., probably another member of the Firmin
family. Finally the Ladies issue S.L.G.C. (# 53) is back-marked Birmingham 1912 by F
& S and the same retailer.