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11180. (button) “House of Refuge” (Florida). U.S. Life Saving Service.

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11180. (button) “House of Refuge” (Florida). U.S. Life Saving Service.

11180k,l. (set  coat & cuff buttons) “House of Refuge” (Florida). U.S. Life Saving Service. Coat button 23mm. 7/8” and cuff button 15mm. 9/16”.  Backmarked “Browning King & Co.”. The Houses of Refuge in Florida were a series of stations operated by the United States Life Saving Service along the coast of Florida to rescue and shelter ship-wrecked sailors. Five houses were built on the east coast in 1876, with five more added in 1885. The houses were manned by civilian keepers, contractors who lived in the houses with their families. Most of these houses remained in service as life-saving stations until 1915 or later. Buttons from the few uniforms that were worn are extremely rare. (VG+). Set 2 buttons $295.