Hunt buttons to be auctioned

A collection of more than 900 hunt buttons- a badge of honour awarded by masters of hounds to esteemed followers-will go up for auction at Bonhams’ Sporting Sale in Edinburgh on October 30 (

The collection, probably the world’s largest, was amassed by the late Neil McShane, an avid hunting man and amateur jockey, and covers most packs in the UK and Ireland.

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The buttons, many of which are 19th-century livery buttons from the great estates, are being sold in five lots with a combined estimate of £3,400-£4,800. The sale includes numerous sporting prints plus a 26ft 6in nine-piece fishing rod owned by the 4th Earl Spencer (£3,000-£4,000).

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