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Buttons

Uniform Button Sizes & Types

British Army buttons are as varied as cap badges. Each unit has its own unique regimental button, often with a crest and sometimes a crown.  Some regiments have a second design for use on cap buttons.  Most fall into 3 size categories:

Small about 14mm diameter for the cap and mess dress waistcoats (vests).  This size is also used for gorgets (red tabs worn by Generals on the collar).
Medium about 19mm diameter for pockets and shoulder straps (epaulettes) of most parade uniforms, also the front-fastening of Other Ranks Khaki No.2 Dress jackets.
Large about 25mm diameter for the great-coat and the front fastening of Guards' scarlet tunics and Officers' khaki  Service Dress jackets.