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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

Massachusetts Volunteer Militia Button: 22mm. No shank, slight push in face, little ground action and decent detail. Traces of gilt. Has 1850 style “Waterbury Button Co./Waterbury” backmark (smaller letters than most, kind of scarce). Found in New Bern, NC. JUST ADDED! BN503AJJJ $29
Federal General Service Button: From Lovejoy, no backmark. JUST ADDED! BN509JCJJ $7
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

 SOLD

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.   

$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.

 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
War of 1812 British Navy Button: 15mm cuff size, no shank, slight scratch on anchor shank. Found in Charleston, SC

JUST ADDED!

BN501JAJJ $15

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. 

DY144JEJJ $12
Dug Confederate Buttons

Item #

Price

Vest Size Lined I Button: 14mm, Albert’s #CS173 Confederate “floating shank” made by P.Tait, although it’s hard to make out backmark on this one. Has moderate ground action. The floating shank design allowed more to be packed into one crate, as these were imported from England.

 JUST ADDED!

BN496HFJJ

$150

Script “I” Infantry Button: Found near Tullahoma, Tennessee. A bit flattened, hole in face near top of “I”.

 JUST ADDED!

BN500BJJJ

$56

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 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

Kentucky Staff Officer’s Coat Button: Albert’s KY1, Tice # 200-E-3. Unlike many, this one is 100% Civil War. It was dug in north Georgia, I think (but am not certain).  Backmark is raised mark/depressed channel “SUPERIOR QUALITY.”  Hard to find in a dug example. Has moderate push in face, but gilt is in right places to make this one look good in your display case. Not at shop, please call to view.

BN492BEJJ

$565

Maryland Staff  Officer’s Button: Albert’s MD 11, Slight push on eagle, no shank, otherwise good, very solid with75% gilt. Dug in Virginia, I think, years ago. “CANFIELD BRO & CO/ BALTIMORE.” Not at shop, please call to view. 

BN489AGEJ  $375
North Carolina Sunburst Button:  Good detail, shank missing as is 99.99% of all dug. Thought to be a north Georgia find.

BN460DEJJ

$95

Rare  North  Carolina “Lathe Turned” Coat Button: Albert’s NC 14. Not the standard NC sunburst, these were made from heavy stock and exhibit strong shanks and lathe marks on back. Shank only half there, plus traces of gilt. Some ground action, but design and “NC” show up fine. From Virginia. Not at shop, please call to view.

BN252AJJJ

$280

North Carolina State Seal Button: Two separate pieces, no shank, condition is bad but little ground action and pretty good detail. No backmark. . Don’t think back was dug with it, but is correct and came from same area. In great need of loving repair… As cheap as you’ll ever see a Confederate state seal button! Found in Newborn, NC. JUST ADDED! BN495JDJJ

$18

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

Hillsboro Military Academy: Albert’s SU 150, 19mm, gilt in all low areas of lined field and letter make this a stand-out example of a wartime NC military school.  I first thought this one was reshanked, but closer inspection shows it is original and unrepaired Not at shop, please call to view.  

 BN491CBJJ

$675

Western Military Institute: Albert’s SU 429, 19mm, a gorgeous example! Approximately 90% gilt finish remains. Good solid button in all ways. As pretty a Civil War era Military School button as you’ll see dug. Found near Nashville, TN. This school merged with Nashville Military College in 1855. "SCOVILLE & Co" backmark. Not at shop, please call to view.

BN490CBEJ

$475

Confederate Button Back: Believed for NC state seal “Standing Sheppard” button, found in New Bern, NC. 21.89 mm, traces of gilt on back, hole where shank was. Has backmark, can’t read. JUST ADDED!

 BN508JAJJ

$4

Confederate Button Back: Believed for NC state seal “Standing Sheppard” button, found in New Bern, NC. 21.89 mm, traces of gilt on back, bent shank.  JUST ADDED!  BN507JAJJ

$10

Confederate Button Back: Believed for NC state seal “Standing Sheppard” button, found in New Bern, NC. 21.89 mm, missing shank, crease in center traces of gilt. .JUST ADDED!  BN506JAJJ

 $4

Confederate Button Back: Not sure, think it may have been for a local letter button, found in New Bern, NC. 21.43 mm, bent shank.  JUST ADDED!

BN505JAJJ

$8

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 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

SOLD

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

1700-1865 Misc. Buttons

Item #

Price

Very Early Button: Pewter, looks to have been about 20 mm. Not sure where found, Tice lists a very similar button as “medieval 14th century” in his book, “Dating Buttons.” JUST ADDED!

 BN502JAJJ

$10

Civilian Button: 24mm, Stippled background, “R&W ROBINSON/EXTRA” backmark. About 80% gilt remains, bent shank. Circa 1850s, found in Charleston, SC. JUST ADDED! BN497JBJJ

 $7

  Civilian Flower Button: 23mm, no gilt, bent shank. Circa 1850s, found in Charleston, SC. JUST ADDED!                             BN499JBJJ

 $5

Civilian Flower Button: 23mm, About 90% gilt remains except in center, which has been burned, bent shank. Circa 1850s, found in Charleston, SC. JUST ADDED! BN498JBJJ

 $6

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

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

BN255JAJJ

$5

Non-Dug Civil War Buttons

Item #

Price

Eagle “I” Hat Pin: Not sure if soldier did this or it was a .later modification, but it is cool. Cuff size Civil War era I button has two brass wires soldered in place of shank to fasten it on hat, etc…

BN488AEJJ

 $29

Eagle Infantry “I” Cuff Size: 15mm, Nice detail, blank back, not gilted.

 BN

$12

Eagle Infantry “I” Vest Size: 17mm, Nice detail, blank back, not gilted. "Dog Bone" style "I"

BN486JAJJ

$12

New York Coat Button: Civil War “EXTRA QUALITY” backmark.  

BN485AEJJ

$33

Civil War English Anchor Button: Cuff/vest size 18 mm. Looks very similar to Confederate Navy buttons made in England, and I’m betting there is some connection, perhaps the same die maker? No matter, it was allegedly made as a generic Navy before or during the Civil War. Backmark is “PRINCE & Co / LONDON.”

BN482AEJJ

 $38

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.

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

SOLD

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

 

SOLD

 

  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

SOLD

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

Indian War Era Buttons (Non dug unless noted)

Item #

Price

Dug University of South button: This is the three piece that was issued when school reopened in 1866. Still a neat button, but this one has seen better days. Substantial push in center, plenty of ground action, but what is cool is that it was found next to the campus. This was the same school that Leonadas Polk founded just before the Civil War in Tennessee. JUST ADDED!

BN504JHJJ

$17

South Carolina Coat Button: Staff officers style 3-piece, “HORSTMANN BROS & CO. / PHIL” Probably 1870-80 era.

 BN479AEJJ

 

$35

New York Coat Button: 1870s-1880s Indian War era. “WATERBURY BUTTON CO.” backmark. One tarnish spot on back.

BN493JGJJ

$12

New York Coat Button: 1870s-1880s Indian War era. “SCOVILL MF’G Co / WATERBURY” backmark. Nice gilt-  

BN494JGJJ

 $15

Eagle Infantry Coat Button: Stippled shield, high detail. “TW&W PARIS” backmark. Probably 1870-80 era.

BN483AJJJ

$20

Applied Eagle I Coat Button: Albert’s GI 92, 1870s-1880s Indian War era. Eagle is made separately and then applied to a blank button. Unfortunately, back plate is missing, creating a round hole in back (see photo). Still a tough button to find!

BN480ADJJ

$25

Illinois Staff Officers Coat Button: “WATERBURY BUTTON CO.” backmark. 1870s-1880s Indian War era.

BN484ABJJ

$24

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania City Button: Cuff size 15 mm, Alberts PA-52, Backmark is “HORSTMANN / PHILADA.”  1880s era

 

BN481JCJJ

 

$6

Massachusetts Button: late 1800s, backmarked “Scovill Mfg Co/ Waterbury.” Cuff size, non dug.

BN477JAJJ

$6

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

SOLD

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

SOLD

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

SOLD

 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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