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Buttons

       "I figure that, ounce per ounce, it'd be a lot cheaper to collect gold coins"      

 (collector, contemplating buying a particularly scarce Confederate button)

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To many collectors and diggers, nothing is quite as exciting as finding a button from the Civil War.  Not only is it a very personal item, they are also beautiful examples of die work done by craftsman who processed a skill rarely found in modern times. Buttons, especially Confederate ones, are also one of the better investments in Civil War antiquities.

To save time, feel free to click the following links to take you to the buttons you are most interested in!                                                    

Dug Yankee Buttons   Dug Confederate Buttons                                     

 Non Dug Buttons

          

Dug Yankee Buttons

Item #

Price

Uniform Remains Display:  Four complete Union Eagle buttons, coat size, and one back, all dug within a three foot square area along with piece of 2 x 5” uniform cloth. Not attached to cloth, but likely from same coat. All in solid condition, found in Goldsboro, NC by relic hunter John McAden. Mounted in 5 ¼  x 6” velvet lined glass top riker case. JUST ADDED! BN469CEJJ $80

Eagle “A” Artillery: Found at Petersburg, VA, Backmark “SCOVILL MFG. CO/WATERBURY” About 70% gilt remains.21mm Coat size.

BN467JBJJJ

$40

Eagle “A” Artillery button: flattened, but still the “A” and detail isn’t bad. No shank, no back mark, from Hixon TN. JUST ADDED!

BN470JAJJJ $10
Eagle “A” Artillery: Found at Petersburg, VA, Backmark “EXTRA QUALITY” About 75% gilt in the right places make the eagle stand out. Pretty button, Shank bent but otherwise nice. 15 mm vest size. BN468JAJJ SOLD

Eagle “I” Infantry button: Coat size, Found at Hixon,TN, no b/m, flattened to about 1/8 “ thick. JUST ADDED!

BN473JAJJJ

$6

Eagle General Service Button w/ Uniform Remnant: Coat size, perfect condition, found at Hixon, TN, no b/m, with thread and tint piece of wool from jacket. JUST ADDED! BN474JAJJ $8
Eagle General Service Button w Thread: Coat size, found at Hixon, TN, no b/m, flattened to about 1/8 “ thick. JUST ADDED! BN471JAJJJ $6
Eagle Button: The Union enlisted man's button of the Civil War! Coat size 19mm, “Extra Quality” b/m straight shank. Found at Dandridge, TN by Dwight Drake. BN436JAJJ

$8

Eagle “C” Button: Used by US Cavalry, Civil War era, Coat size 23 mm, Scoville Mfg. backmark, slight push on shield. Pretty much uncleaned but looks like it has some gilt remaining. Dug near Fredericksburg, Virginia. BN452JBJJ

$30

Eagle “R” Rifleman Button: Coat size, good straight shank. Solid with some ground action. Very slight push in eagle’s neck, almost unnoticeable. Backmark is “Young Smith Co * NY” Found in Savannah, GA, area.  BN392JAJJ

$50

Navy Button: Cuff size, no shank. Can’t make out backmark. This style was used from 1850s up into post war era, so it’s hard to pinpoint.. Found in Savannah, GA, area  BN391JAJJ $6
Police Button, CIVIL WAR ERA!: Coat size, 23 mm,85% gilt remains, but edge has been cut and face creased. Almost all of these are post war, but not this one! Has raised mark (asterisks or stars, I can't tell) in a depressed channel, an almost certain trait of 1850's-early 1860's.

BN311JAAJ1

 $25

Connecticut Button: Cuff size, 14mm, from Wilderness Area. 20%. bright gilt remains, I can't make out bm.. Shank bent 45% but intact,

BN304JIJJ1

$20

New York Button: Coat size. Another Jonesboro find, coat size. Rim is missing but button has been neatly glued back together. Can't make out bm

BN281JDJJ

$12

New York Button: 22 mm coat size, shank intact but bent over, slight push and rim 90% intact. Can't read b/m, came from South Mountain, VA. Covered in green, lots of ground action, but has lots of gold under the green if you care to clean it.

BN291JCJJ1

$8

Fancy Zouave button: Found at Hixon, TN, this is a vest size “basket weave” style. Back mark is “SCOVILL/EXTRA” in a RMDC (raised mark/depressed chanel). A definite Civil War era button with gilt in recesses, no pushes, with shank.  JUST ADDED!  

$12

Marine Button: A 100% Civil War example, with the desirable “SCOVILLS & CO/ SUPERFINE” back mark with the BACKWARDS “N!” A true Civil War Marine button is a rarity, as most seen are post war. Not this one, it is 100% Civil War. Face has about 85% gilt, no pushes. Slight ground action, but a coating of oil or Vaseline would make it near perfect. I’ll leave that up to you. No shank. Found in Nashville, TN. JUST ADDED!

 BN472JAJJJ $140

Maine Militia Button: Early Star pattern, very slick and near perfect, an early dig from Kennesaw, GA (known as Big Shanty during the war). Shank missing, has old English backmark of “Treble Gilt London.” 22 mm coat size, one piece.

BN432DEJJ $100

Battle of Monocacy “I” Button Display: “I” Infantry (cuff size) button dug on private property near the site of the Battleof Monocacy. Mounted in 3 ¾ x 4 ¾” glass top riker case, with hole for wall hanging. JUST ADDED!

 

DY143JEJJ $14

Battle of Monocacy Button Display: General Service (cuff size) button dug on private property near the site of the Battle of Monocacy. Mounted in 3 ¾ x 4 ¾” glass top riker case, with hole for wall hanging. Have two. JUST ADDED!

 

DY144JEJJ $12

Battle of Monocacy Button Display: General Service (coat size) button dug on private property near the site of the Battle of Monocacy. Mounted in 3 ¾ x 4 ¾” glass top riker case, with hole for wall hanging. Have two. JUST ADDED!

 

DY145JEJJ $16

War of 1812 Infantry Button: One piece pewter, from Nashville, TN, Button itself is in very good dug condition, although sloop has been pulled as shown. JUST ADDED!

BN476JAJJ $15
Dug Confederate Buttons

Item #

Price

Lined In CS Infantry Button: 23mm Moderate push to face, but great detail. No shank, can’t make out backmark. Albert’s CS 172 

BN454CCJJ

$90

Confederate Infantry Button: Found in Kennesaw (Big Shanty) GA Early dig, excellent condition. Tice # CS1240A1 Backmark “EML & Co, Richmond, VA” Shank is shiny copper and I first thought a replacement, but after looking under high magnification, it can be seen this is the original, likely pushed in and out of a card which wore out the patina on just the shank. I’ve since had other button experts express this same opinion.

 

BN429GEJJ

 

$160

Confederate "Local" Infantry Button: Found in Kennesaw (Big Shanty) GA. Early dig, excellent condition. Tice # CS1240B1 No backmark but obviously Southern made, has three concentric circles, one dotted. Shank is shiny copper and I first thought a replacement, but after looking under high magnification, it can be seen this is the original, likely pushed in and out of a display card which wore out the patina on just the shank. I’ve since had other button experts express this same opinion. Rest of button's patina is smooth and pleasing.  

BN428GEJJ

 $140

Confederate Infantry “I” Button: Albert’s # CS 182 Tin back, still has shank (although its bent over) a few dents and moderate push. Found in Hoover's Gap, Tennessee.

BN410GEJJ

$140

Georgia State Seal Button: 24 mm coat size, Horstman & Allien bm, Alberts GA5. Found at Fredericksburg, VA. Moderate-heavy crease in front is contemporary to button, still has good detail, no gilt remains.

 BN441CEJJ

$135

Louisiana Coat size:  Nice gilt, 50% or so! So scarce that  Albert's doesn't even show it but Tice list it as LA20, a definite hard-to-get Civil War button.  This is beautiful! No pushes, great back and shank, no ground action on front, but enough on back that I can't read the bm. Tiny digger scratch on shank...close call, but doesn't affect it. This button was found on Skidaway Island, GA, in the 1980's in a Louisiana camp.

BN254ABEJ

$500

North Carolina Sunburst Button:  Good detail, shank missing as is 99.99% of all dug. Thought to be a north Georgia find.

BN460DEJJ

$95

Scarce North Carolina (NC 14) 20mm size: This is a very odd size of this already rare button.  Never heard of a 20mm, but this one is. Some gilt left on face and back, lath marks visiable, shank broken in half. Quite a bit of ground action on face, but details are still all there.  Dug in Virginia. 

BN252AJJJ

$400

Charleston Police Cuff: You want a rare button at a reasonable price? Well, here you go! Cuff size, and found over 40 years ago in Charleston, SC, with some gilt remaining. Shank has a shiny spot, may have been nicked with shovel, but it's all there. No pushes, and very rare. Considerable ground action, but it is what it is. 

BN162BJJJ

 

 

$40

 

 

South Carolina Vest: Dug in Confederate camp in Fredericksburg, VA. No shank, moderate ground action. Can't make out backmark, but I guarantee it's Civil War era.

BN146CJJJ

$50

South Carolina Cuff: No shank, but lots of gold. Some ground action, especially on back, but still a solid example. Found near Fredericksburg, VA  

BN59BGEJ

 

 

$65

 

 

   Virginia One Piece: Solid with shank, but has moderate to heavy ground action on face. You can still make out the State seal, though. This is Albert's #VA2, with shank, found in Richmond, VA 

BN134FBJJ

 

 

$125

 

 

Virginia One Piece: Solid with fairly good detail, great clear backmark, but no shank.  This is Albert's #VA1, and was found in Williamsburg, VA 

BN135FBJJ

$140

North Carolina: Local made, dug Albert’s NC8, has the hard to find sheet metal drilled shank. However, I THINK this one has had the back professionally repaired. If so, the guy was an artist; if not, you’re getting a great price on a scarce button.  Slight traces of silver on face (even more rare). 

 BN457AJJJ

$235

Non Dug Civil War Era Confederate Buttons

Item #

Price

  South Carolina Vest Size: 19mm, bm of "Horstman & Allien.NY." Perfect in all ways. Alberts SC 15B.

 BN406BKC

 $175

Non Dug Civil War Era Federal Buttons

Item #

Price

Massachusetts Volunteer Militia: Non dug, Albert’s MS 35, “Scoville Mfg. Co Waterbury” b/m, staff button in perfect condition. 22 mm.

BN456BJJJ

$45

Eagle Cavalry: Nondug. Cuff 16mm, Albert's #CV-1. Backmark “Waterbury button Co.” Gilted. Shank elongated, likely done by soldier to make it easier to button.

 BN424JBJJ

 $35

Eagle Infantry Button: Worn by non-com officers, this one is non dug with blank back. Slight push at 1 o'clock position of face. Floating shank was made that way, but has slight push in back (almost unnoticeable). Slight traces of SILVER wash remain in shield, this one shows good honest use. 21mm, no bm. Tice’s GI200B7 (Alberts GI79)

 

  BN440AJJJ

$35

Eagle Infantry: Non dug, coat size, slight push in back at shank, otherwise very nice. No gilt. Tice # GI 215-17 Backmark “Goddard & Bro: Waterbury.” 

 BN425JBJJ

$35

Eagle Infantry: Nondug. Tice # GI 228, Alberts # GI89Coat size 23mm, no gilt. Backmark “Waterbury Button Co. Extra”

 BN422JBJJ

$38

Eagle “I” Infantry (Post Civil War):  Circa 1868-1870 Backmark of “E. A. ARMSTRONG.”  Vest Size.

BN461JCJJ

 $8

Eagle General Service: GI 94, non dug, floating shank (these shanks were designed to fold flat  to allow more to be packed in a crate, the story says), no backmark Coat size 21 mm

BN462JHJJ

$15

Eagle General Service Gilted: non dug, GI 94, tin back, unlike most General Service buttons, this one is gilted (gold finish) no backmark, Coat size.

BN464JAJJ

$25

Eagle General Service: GI 215, non dug, no backmark, either very dark patina or it was finished black (Some call this a “sharpshooter’s finish because it killed the glare which might give away a sniper, but there is no proof of that) Coat size.

BN466JEJJ

 $20

Eagle General Service: GI 94,  intact shank, no backmark cuff size.

BN465JEJJ

$10

Eagle General Service: GI 94, non dug, moderate/heavy push to face and back, shank intact. no backmark Cuff size.

BN463JCJJ

 $6

Eagle General Service: Non dug, Albert’s GI-94 A 44 (19.5 mm) size, Waterbury Button Co.” in milted channel. A classic Civil War era button, a type used by numerous “Yankees”. In perfect condition, solid, with pleasing tarnish. 

BN458AJJJ

$25

Gilted General Service Eagle: Nondug. This is the gilt face with tin back occasionally dug in Western Theater Civil War sites. Unusual in that most Eagle General Service buttons were not gilted. 21 mm Coat size. This type had a shank which was affixed without solder.

BN430JBJJ

$30

1840 Silver Eagle Infantry: Nondug. Tice #GI206, Alberts GI82 Silver plated Mexican War era, 1830-1840. Silver worn off in a few places, shows good honest use. Excellent condition overall. Great old English style backmark of “Rich Imperial”. Coat size, 20mm

 BN421JBJJ

$50

1700-1865 Misc. Buttons

Item #

Price

Plain Button: Two piece, Coat size, Civil War era, backmark “Kendrick Extra.” Kendrick is most famous for their 1840s military buttons. Good condition, perfect shank. Found near Columbia, SC.

BN433JAJJ

$5

Sportsman Button: Silver plated, Stag Head, tin back, no shank. 23mm Dug in South Carolina Lowcountry.

BN413JBJJ

$14

Ball Button: Coat size, 18mm, often used by Zouaves of musicians.  From Wilderness, VA  area.  

 BN411JDJJ

$14

Colonial Era Flat Buttons: All sizes, all with shanks.  Found in Charleston, SC area.

BN232JJEJ

$3 each

Large Coat Weight/Buttons: Made of lead, these are said to have served dual purpose, which I believe. Definite Civil War or before era. These are about 1.150" diameter. Found at Wilderness/So`uth Mountain Area. Have two in this size.             

MD514JAJJ1

$3 each

Medium Coat Weight/Buttons: Made of lead, these are said to have served dual purpose, which I believe. Definite Civil War or before era. These are about .950" diameter. Found at Wilderness/South Mountain Area. Have four in this size.          

MD515JAJJ1

$3 each

Livery Button: Originally from England, these are sometimes found at Confederate sites. Don't know where this one was dug from, but it's nice, with almost 90% of the silver plate remaining. Solid cast, no BM. Shank present and straight but eye squashed close.26mm

BN283AJJJ

$25

Tiny Flat Button: Decorative, 12mm with gilt traces. Early 1800's.

BN321JAJJ1

$6

Large Decorative Flat Button:35mm, slight warp and bent shank, Wilderness VA area.

BN316JAJJ1

$4

Plain two Piece Button:  Civilian style, "Browning and King", found near Charleston, SC               

BN255JAJJ

$5

Non-Dug Buttons

Item #

Price

Bone Buttons: 1800's era, identical to those dug in camps and period house sites. Perfect for re-enactors of all periods. Four hole styles only in stock.

BN8JJJE

1.00 ea.

“Flower” Button: Non dug, exactly like those often found at Confederate sites, but all are civilian made. 16mm, iron back.

BN437JAJJ

$6

“Flower” Button: Non dug, exactly like those often found at Confederate sites, but all are civilian made. 16mm, iron back. Shank loose on this one, but still wearable and intact.

BN438JAJJ

$5

Plain Civilian  Button Set: 5 matching buttons, perfect for a coat repair or reinactor who wants the real deal. Late 1700-Early 1800's, plain face, one piece. These are the type imported to America from England, used by most civilians of the era, and they even occasionally turn up on Confederate uniforms. B/m ".Imperial Gilt. Colour"" .700" diameter. Includes 4.5 x 5.5  riker display case! 

BN365JFJJ

$30

Plain Civilian  Button Set: 5 matching buttons, perfect for a coat repair or reinactor who wants the real deal. Late 1700-Early 1800's, plain face, one piece. These are the type imported to America from England, used by most civilians of the era, and they even occasionally turn up on Confederate uniforms. B/m "*Warranted*Orange" .677" diameter. Includes 4.5 x 5.5  riker display case 

BN366JFJJ

$30

Undated Gutta Percha Buttons: Have various names on the backs, but no pat dates. Still very old.

BN1A-JJEJ

$2.50 each

Plain Civilian  Button: Late 1700-mid 1800's, plain face, one piece. These are the type imported to America from England, used by most civilians of the era, and they occasionally turn up on Confederate uniforms. B/m "Extra Color" .742" diameter.  BN377JAJJ

$3

Plain Civilian  Button: Late 1700-mid 1800's, plain face, one piece. These are the type imported to America from England, used by most civilians of the era, and they occasionally turn up on Confederate uniforms. B/m "Superfine Color" in old English text .733" diameter.  BN379JAJJ

$3

Plain Civilian  Button: Late 1700-Early 1800's, plain face, one piece. These are the type imported to America from England, used by most civilians of the era, and they even occasionally turn up on Confederate uniforms. B/m "Rich Gold Color" .734" diameter.  BN360JAJJ

$4

Plain Civilian  Button: Late 1700-Early 1800's, plain face, one piece. These are the type imported to America from England, used by most civilians of the era, and they even occasionally turn up on Confederate uniforms. B/m "London Warranted." 784" diameter.  BN361JAJJ

$4

American Made Plain Civilian  Button: Early 1800's, plain face, one piece. These are made by Kendricks & Co, an 1830's American Manufacture. Very desirable backmark especially in nondug. Like most civilian buttons of the era, they also occasionally turn up on Confederate uniforms.789" diameter. 

BN362JAJJ

$6

Concave Button “Rich Gilt”:  5/8" diameter

BN81JAGB

 

$5

 

  Odd Backmarked Flat Button: Letters are old English, very fancy.  Bad thing is even though it's clear, we can't make out the name! Brass, 3/4", with good straight shank 

BN220JBSS

$6

Non Dug Coat Weight/Buttons: Made of lead, these are said to have served dual purpose, which I believe. Rarely seen non dug.  Perfect buttons for a reinactor to wear to have that fully authentic look. Have five.                 

MN306JAJJ1

$5 each

Post War Buttons

Item #

Price

Indian Wars Artillery Helmet Button: Brass, 1” diameter. nondug Not made with w/shank, but with tab. For Artillery Dress Helmet Model 1881.

BN448JAJJ

$10

Maine Button: Coat size, three piece staff officer, “M. C. Lilley& Co/ Columbus, O” Perfect non dug condition. Late 1800s 

BN444JAJJ

$10

Navy Button: Vest size, “MB Myer Inc./N.Y.C.” Late 1800s.

BN445JAJJ

$10

Illinois Button: Cuff size, non dug “Scovill Mfg Co/Waterbury” backmark. 1870s.

BN446JAJJ

$8

Indian War Eagle Infantry: Dates to 1870s, unlisted in books I’ve seen. “Horstmann Bros & Co Phil” b/m. I on stippled shield, button is perfect in every way with 100% gilt. 22mm coat size

BN442AJJJ

$20

New Jersey National Guard Buttons: Cuff size 16mm, backmark “Scoville Mfg Co*Waterbury. Backmark was used from 1860-1870, but these are post war. Have 16 total. 

BN419JBJJ

$2.50 each

New Jersey National Guard Buttons: coat size, backmarks are “Scoville Mfg Co*Waterbury” and Scoville Mf’g Co* Waterbury”” These are post war 1870s.

BN420JBJJ

$4 each

Pennsylvania   Staff "Pat 1888": Cuff size. "A. P. Davis Pat Nov 20th 1888" b/m. Three piece button. Floating style shank.

BN344JAJJ

$4

Rhode Island “Button”: Actually part of a woman’s patriotic belt, popular from late 1860s-1900.

 BN417JAJJ

$6

 Late Victorian decorative button: Thin stamped brass with small soldered on shank. I'd guess age as late 1800-early 1900.

BN265JAJJ

$5

Button Dies

Item #

Price

Unknown "Knight With Flag On Horse Over Dragon" Button Die: Title says it all. Made a vest size button. BNC349JAJJ $25

 
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