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Confederate Buttons

           This page last updated May 18, 2015

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PC5676
                  Confederate Artillery Coat Button

Backmark:  Blank
Construction:  Low convex, two-piece.
Approximate size:  22 mm. 
Condition:  Good, excavated, secure shank present.  This button has a very nice brown patina with no pushes, cracks, breaks, or repairs.
Recovered:  Culpeper County, VA.
Reference:  Tice:  CSA243A1   Albert:  CS 117
Price:  $165.00

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PC5751
                  South Carolina State Seal Button

Backmark:  ". SCOVILL MFG CO . / WATERBURY" dm
Construction:  Convex, two-piece.
Approximate size: 19 mm.
Condition:  Very good, excavated, secure shank present.  There is ample gilt on the face of this button which has a moderate push.  It has no cracks, breaks, or repairs and will be an excellent addition to any excavated button or general relic collection.  
Recovered:  Orange County, VA 
Reference:  Tice:  SC262Am6  Albert:  SC 15B
Price:  $165.00
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PC5781
                  South Carolina State Seal Coat Button

Backmark:  " . SCHUYLER H & G. . / NEW-YORK"  rmdc
Construction:  Convex, two-piece.
Approximate size:  23 mm.
Condition:  Excellent, excavated, secure shank present.  The button has a very pleasing dusty chocolate brown patina with good detail.  It has no pushes, cracks, breaks, or repairs.
Recovered:  Orange County, VA.
Reference:  Tice:  SC248A6  Albert:  SC 13A
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PC5590
                  Confederate Script Infantry Button

Backmark:  Blank
Construction:  Convex, two-piece.
Approximate size:  22 mm.
Condition:  Excellent, non-excavated, secure shank present.  There are no pushes, cracks, breaks, or repairs.  Nice brassy brown patina with some minor discoloration.
Reference:  Tice:  CSI215B3  Albert: CS 177
Price:  $175.00
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PC4538
                  Confederate Engineer Cuff Button 

Backmark:  ". W. DOWLER . / SUPERIOR" dm
Construction:  High convex, two-piece.
Approximate size:  14 mm.
Condition:  Excellent, excavated, secure shank present.  This rarely recovered Confederate engineer cuff button, with its even chocolate brown patina, has just enough gilt to beautifully highlight the lined old English "".  The backmark is very difficult to see but I have been able to determine that it is indeed a Dowler.  The button has no cracks, breaks, pushes, or repairs. 
Recovered:  In the Richmond, VA area in the 1950 - 60's by local Virginia relic hunter, Jim Cullinan.  Jim was one of the early Civil War relic hunters that started out with a true "army mine detector" that actually required a backpack to operate.
Reference:  Tice: CSE215As1   Albert:  CS 154 
Price:  $695.00 
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PC5744
                  Confederate Script Infantry Button

Backmark:  Blank
Construction:  Convex, two-piece.
Approximate size:  22 mm.
Condition:  Very good, excavated, partial shank present.  Any "script" I button with any amount of gilt is a rare find in itself.  This example has ample gilt on its face with no pushes, cracks, or repairs.  This button will be an absolutely beautiful display piece.
RecoveredSailor's Creek, Va.
Reference:  Tice:  CS215B3  Albert:  CS 177
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PC5726
                  Virginia Militia Button

Backmark:  "* SUPERIOR * / QUALITY" rm
Construction:  Low convex, one-piece.
Approximate size:  22 mm.
Condition:  Excellent, non-excavated, secure shank present.  This button has ample silver remaining on its front and rear and has no cracks, breaks, bends or repairs.
Reference:  Tice:  VA105A2   Albert:  VA 2
Price:  $375.00
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PC5749
                  Confederate Pewter Infantry Coat Button

Backmark:  Blank with a split anvil mark.
Construction:  White metal, low convex, cast one-piece.
Approximate size:  24 mm.
Condition
:  Very good, excavated, shank missing.  Nice light grey patina with minimal surface ground action and some areas of yellow soil present.  No cracks, bends or repairs.
Recovered:  Orange County, VA
Reference:  Tice CSI281B1  Albert CS 185B
Price:  $165.00
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PC5667
                  Confederate Infantry Coat Button

Backmark:  Blank with outer ring of dots and inner continuous ring.
Construction:   Two-piece, medium convex.
Approximate size:  22 mm.
Condition
:  Good, excavated, shank missing.  This Confederate coat button has an awesome chocolate brown patina with no pushes, cracks, breaks, or repairs.
Remarks:  This button was acquired direct from the digger.
Recovered:  Orange County, VA.
Reference:  Tice:  CSI243B1  Albert:  CS 182 
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PC5471
                  Mississippi Infantry Cuff Button

Backmark"Hyde & Goodrich. / N. O."
Construction Convex, two-piece.
Approximate size15 mm.
Condition Excellent, excavated, secure shank present.  The button, acquired direct from the digger, has a brown patina with areas of gilt high-lighting "MISSISSIPPI", the star and letter "I".  The gilt shows up more than my pictures actually reveal.  No pushes, cracks, breaks or repairs.
Recovered:  Orange County, VA
Reference Tice:  MP215As  Albert:  MP 4 
Price:  $350.00
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PC5428
                  Confederate Infantry & Artillery Coat Buttons

These two Confederate excavated coat size buttons are both in fair condition and were acquired direct from the digger.  The button pictured on the left is a CS "Script I" infantry button (ref. Tice: CSI215B3 & Albert: CS 177).  It has a blank back mark and is of convex, two-piece brass construction.  It measures approximately 23 mm. and its face is pushed with a hole and crack present.  Its shank is present and on the rear of this button, which also has a crack, is printed "CEDAR CREEK" indicating where the digger recovered it.  The button pictured to the right is a CS "Block A" Artillery button (ref. Tice: CSA243A1 & Albert: CS 117).  It has a blank back mark and is of low convex, two-piece brass (or copper) and tin construction.  It measures approximately 23 mm. and its face has enough ground action to make the letter "A" difficult to see.  There is a hole and a crack in both the rear and the front.   On the rear of this button is what I believe to be printed "FISHER'S HILL" indicating where the digger recovered it.   While these two Confederate buttons aren't museum quality, they are still good, affordable examples to add to any excavated Civil War button or general relic collection.  $125.00   Order Information  or  Questions?

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PC5356
                  Virginia State Seal Button

Backmark:  "MITCHEL & TYLER / RICHMOND VA."
Construction:  High  convex, three piece.
Approximate size:  22 mm.
Condition:  Very good, non-excavated, secure shank present.  The button has a very slight push between Virtus' right leg and sword.  Otherwise, the button is in great shape with no cracks, breaks, or repairs.
Reference:  Tice:  VA255A1  Albert:  VA 18
Price:  $265.00
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PC5355
                  Louisiana State Seal Button

Backmark:  " . HYDE & GOODRICH . / NEW ORLEANS" dm
Construction:  Convex, two-piece.
Approximate size:  22 mm.
Condition
:  Excellent, excavated, secure shank present.  There is moderate ground action but still a nice example with no pushes, cracks, breaks, or repairs. 
Recovered:  Unknown
Reference:  Tice LA204A2  Albert  LA 3
Price:  $265.00

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PC4005
                  North Carolina State Seal Button
 
Backmark:  "S A MYERS / RICHMOND, VA" rmdc
Construction:  Convex, two-piece.
Approximate size:  23 mm.
Condition:  Excellent, non-excavated, secure shank present.  This handsome button has a very pleasing aged brass patina with much of the detail of the state seal visible.  The button has no cracks, breaks, pushes or repairs and will be an excellent addition to any Civil War button or general relic collection.
Reference:  Tice: 210A1   Albert: NC 8
Price:  $475.00  
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PC5440
                  Mississippi Infantry Cuff Button

Backmark"Hyde & Goodrich. / N. O." dm
Construction Convex, two-piece.
Approximate size15 mm.
Condition Excellent, excavated, secure shank present.  Ample gilt on a brown patina with the gilt beautifully high-lighting "MISSISSIPPI", the star and letter "I".  No pushes, cracks, breaks or repairs.
Recovered:  Culpeper, VA
Reference Tice:  MP215As  Albert:  MP 4 
Price:  $425.00
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PC5429
                  North Carolina "Sunburst" Coat Button

Backmark:  Blank
Construction:  Low convex, one-piece.
Approximate size:  23 mm.
Condition:  Very good, excavated, shank missing.  This button has a very nice green-brown patina with cracks, breaks, bends, or repairs.  These buttons are typically recovered without their shanks.
Recovered:  Virginia
Reference:  Tice:  242B1  Albert: NC16
Price:  $115.00
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PC5585
                  Virginia State Seal Button

Backmark "CANFIELD BRO & CO / BALTIMORE"  rmdc
Construction Convex, two-piece.
Approximate size:  22.5 mm.
Condition:  Excellent, non-excavated, secure shank present.  There are no pushes, cracks, breaks, or repairs.  Nice dull toned brass patina.
Reference:  Tice: VA 222 A1   Albert: VA 13 A2
Price:  $295.00
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PC5415
                  South Carolina State Seal Coat Button

Backmark:  Blank
Construction:  Convex, two-piece.
Approximate size:  23 mm.
Condition:  Excellent, excavated, secure shank present.
Recovered:  Louisa County, VA
Reference:  Tice:  SC248A23  Albert:  SC 13A6
Price:  $215.00
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PC5452
                  Confederate Script Infantry Coat Button

Backmark:  Blank
Construction:  Convex, two-piece.
Approximate size:  22 mm.
Condition:  Very good, excavated, secure shank present.  The face of this button shows mild surface pitting but overall the button is in great shape with its brown patina.  It has no pushes, cracks, breaks, or repairs.
Recovered:  Rixeyville, VA.
Reference:  Tice:  CSI215B3  Albert:  CS177
Price:  $165.00
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PC3270
                  Confederate General Staff Officer Coat Button

Backmark:  Blank.
Construction:  Convex, two-piece.
Approximate size:  22 mm.
Condition:  Good, excavated.  Solid button with nice even chocolate brown patina.  No cracks, breaks, pushes, or repairs.  Shank missing.
Recovered:  Unknown
Reference:  Tice: CS257A1   Albert:  CS 22
Price:  $195.00
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PC3043
                  Virginia State Seal Button   

Backmark "* EXTRA. * / QUALITY."  dm
Construction:  High convex, three-piece.
Approximate size:  22 mm.
Condition:  Excellent, non-excavated, secure shank present.  No pushes, cracks, breaks, or repairs.
Reference:  Tice:  VA 261 A9    Albert:  VA 20A
Price:  $200.00
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Virginia State Seal Coat Button

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PC3272
                  Virginia State Seal Coat Button

Backmark:  "SCOVILL MF'G CO. / WATERBURY Ct." or  "SCOVILL MF'G CO / WATERBURY CT"
Construction:  Convex, two-piece.
Approximate size:  22 mm.
Condition:  Very good, excavated.  Solid button with nice even chocolate brown patina.  No cracks, breaks, pushes, or repairs.  Shank present.
Recovered:  Unknown
Reference:  Tice: VA222A5 or 6   Albert: VA 13
Price:  $175.00
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PC5450
                  Virginia State Seal Coat Button

Backmark:  "* EXTRA * / QUALITY"  dm
Construction:  High convex, three-piece.
Approximate size:  22 mm.
Condition:  Excellent, excavated, secure shank present.  This fine button is loaded with gilt and shows Virginia's state seal of the figures of Virtus standing over Tyranny.  This very nice button has no pushes, cracks, breaks, or repairs and will be a top notch button to add to any excavated Civil War button or general relic collection.   
Recovered:  Rixeyville, VA  (located approximately 10 miles north of Brandy Station, VA)
Reference:  Tice:  VA261A8  Albert:  VA 20
Price:  $275.00
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PC3287
                  South Carolina State Seal Coat Button

Backmark:  "HORSTMANN. BRO. & ALLIEN / N.Y."
Construction:  Convex, two-piece.
Approximate size:  23 mm.
Condition:  Very good.  Excavated with a pleasing chocolate brown patina with some gilt remaining.  Visible back mark complete, with solid shank.  No pushes, cracks, breaks, or repairs.
Recovered:  Wilmington, NC near Fort Fisher.
Reference:  Tice:  SC246A1  Albert:  SC 12
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PC3008
                  Virginia State Seal Button

Backmark:  "+ CANFIELD & BROTHERS + / BALTIMORE"
Construction:   Low convex, two-piece.
Approximate size:  22.5 mm.
Condition:  Excellent, non-excavated, secure shank present.
Reference:  Tice: VA 206 A2   Albert: VA 4A
Price:  $325.00
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PC4579
                  Confederate Artillery Coat Button

Backmark:  Blank
Construction:  Low convex, two-piece.
Approximate size:  22 mm. 
Condition:  Excellent, excavated, secure shank present.  This button has a very nice brown patina with no pushes, cracks, breaks, or repairs.
Recovered:  Culpeper County, VA.
Reference:  Tice: CSA243A1   Albert:  CS 117
Price:  $215.00

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PC5414
                  North Carolina State Seal Coat Button

Backmark:  Blank
Construction:  Convex, two-piece.
Approximate size:  22 mm.
Condition:  Very good, excavated, secure shank present.  This button is partially covered with silver wash and there is a small push at the legs in the figure on the left.  There are no cracks, breaks, or repairs. These crudely made buttons have all kinds of character and beautifully display the workmanship or, lack thereof, from the manufacturing process.  This button will be an excellent example to add to any excavated Civil War button or general relic collection.
Recovered:  Spotsylvania County, VA.
Reference:  Tice:  NC210D2  Albert:  NC 8
Price:  $215.00
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PC3057
                  Virginia State Seal Cuff Button   

Backmark:  Blank
Construction:  High convex, three-piece.
Approximate size:  15 mm.
Condition:  Very good, non-excavated, secure shank present.  Slight push to left of Virtus, no other pushes, no cracks, breaks, or repairs.
Reference:  Tice: VA 258 As2    Albert:  VA 19Av
Price:  $675.00
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PC3392
                  Georgia State Seal Button
 
 Backmark:  "HORSTMANN & ALLIEN / N Y" dm
 Construction:  Convex, two-piece.
 Approximate size:  23 mm.
 Condition:  Fair, excavated, secure shank present.  This button has a chocolate brown patina with cracks, breaks, or repairs.  There is a push to the upper middle of the front  The rear back mark is difficult to read.
 Recovered:  Caroline County, VA
 Reference:  Tice:  A206A1  Albert:  GA 4
 Price:  $95.00

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PC5413
                  North Carolina Sunburst Button - Rare Size

Backmark:  Blank
Construction:  Low convex, one-piece.
Approximate size:  17 mm.
Condition:  Excellent, excavated, secure shank present.  These buttons are difficult to recover and this example has its shank and is covered with gold gilt.  Note the finely stippled field on its front and the circular spin marks on its rear, resulting front the workers shaping the button on a lathe.  It has no cracks, breaks, bends, or repairs and will be an excellent addition to any excavated Civil War button or general relic collection.
Recovered:  Locust Grove, VA.
Reference:  Tice:  NC233Am1  Albert:  NC 14
Price:  $1,175.00  
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PC3014
                  Virginia State Seal Button    

Backmark:  "YOUNG . SMITH & Co  / NEW*YORK"  dm
Construction:  Low convex, two-piece.
Approximate size:  22 mm.
Condition:  Excellent, non-excavated, secure shank present.  No pushes, cracks, breaks, or repairs. Silver plate.
Reference:  Tice:  VA 209 A2  Albert:  VA 5A
Price:  $525.00
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PC4577
                  Confederate Infantry Button

Backmark:  Blank with outer ring of dots and inner continuous ring.
Construction:   Two-piece, medium convex.
Approximate size:  22 mm.
Condition
:  Excellent, excavated, secure shank present.  This Confederate infantry coat button has a brown-green patina, a stand-up shank and no pushes, cracks, breaks, or repairs.
Recovered:  Orange County, VA.
Reference:  Tice:  CSI243B1  Albert:  CS 182 
Price:  $165.00
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PC4994
                  Virginia Military Institute Cadet Button

Backmark:  "R & W. ROBINSON" dm on ribbon with an eagle between the swallowtail ends.
Construction:  Low convex, two-piece.
Approximate size:  22 mm.
Condition:  Excellent, non-excavated, secure shank.  This button is in excellent condition and has a beautiful brass patina with no pushes, cracks, breaks, or repairs.
Comment:   It is the R & W Robinson back mark that is typically found on excavated examples of these buttons.
Reference:  Tice:  VAS294B1  Albert:  SU 408
Price:  $175.00

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PC5246
                  Georgia State Seal Button

Backmark:  Blank
Construction Convex, two-piece.
Approximate size:  23 mm.
Condition:  Fair, excavated, secure shank present.  The face of this button shows the Georgia state seal which was adopted by their state legislature in 1799.  While the face of this button has moderate ground action, its design of three pillars supporting an arch, bearing the word "Constitution", are visible.  Banners wrapping the pillars have the three words, "Wisdom", "Justice", and "Moderation".  The letters of all four of these words are not legible.  The button has no pushes, cracks, breaks, or repairs. 
Recovered:  Richmond, VA area.
Reference:  Albert: Similar to GA 7
Price:  $395.00
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PC4957
                  Virginia Military Institute - Kepi Size Button

Backmark:  "ROBINSONS / EXTRA"  dm
Construction:  Low convex, two-piece.
Approximate size: 14 mm. 
Condition:  Very good, excavated, secure shank present.  This nicely gilted kepi size button has no pushes, cracks, breaks or repairs.
Recovered:  Spotsylvania County, VA
Reference:  Tice:  VAS294As1  Albert:  SU 408
Price:  $295.00
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PC3034
                  Virginia State Seal Button

Backmark "W.G. MINTZER . PHILd.." dm
Construction:  Convex, two-piece.
Approximate size:  22 mm.
Condition:  Excellent, non-excavated, secure shank present.  No pushes, cracks, breaks, or repairs.
Reference:  Tice:  VA 230 A2  Albert:  VA 16A
Price:  $225.00
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PC3026
                  Virginia State Seal Button    

Backmark:  "WM H. SMITH & CO. / NEW-YORK"
Construction:  Convex, two-piece.
Approximate size:  22.5 mm.
Condition:  Excellent, non-excavated, secure shank present.  No pushes, cracks, breaks, or repairs.
Reference:  Tice: VA 222 A9   Albert:  VA 13A
Price:  $275.00
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PC5242
                  Confederate "Lined" Artillery Button

Backmark:  Blank
Construction:  Convex, two-piece.
Approximate size:  23 mm.
Condition:  Very good, excavated, secure shank present.  Button has a very pleasing dusty light green patina.  The face has no pushes, cracks, breaks, or repairs.  The rear has a slight push but no cracks, breaks or repairs. 
Recovered:  Unknown
Reference:  Tice:  CSA203A5  Albert:  CS 102
Price:  $295.00
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PC3007
                  Virginia State Seal Button

Backmark:  "CANFIELD & BROTHERS / BALTIMORE" dm
Construction:  Low convex, two-piece.
Approximate size:  22.5 mm.
Condition:  Excellent, non-excavated, secure shank present.  No pushes, cracks, breaks, or repairs.
Reference:  Tice: VA 206 A1   Albert:  VA 4A
Price:  $245.00
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PC5226
                  Confederate Artillery Button

Backmark:  Blank
Construction:  Low convex, two-piece.
Approximate size:  23 mm.
Condition: Good, excavated, shank missing, brass back.  This button has a very pleasing chocolate brown patina with a very slight push to the face.  This button will be an excellent display piece.
Recovered:  Rixeyville, VA
Reference:  Tice:  CSA243A1  Albert:  CS 117
Price:  $135.00
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PC4096
                  Confederate Infantry Button

Backmark:  "E.M.L & C. RICHMOND. VA."
Construction:  Medium convex, two-piece.
Approximate size: 23 mm. 
Condition:  Excellent, excavated, secure shank present.  This button has a very nice dusty brown-green patina and a very strong back mark.  It has no pushes, cracks, breaks, or repairs. 
Recovered:  Spotsylvania County, VA.
Reference:  Tice:  CSI240A1  Albert: CS 181
Price:  $195.00
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PC3045
                  Virginia State Seal Button

Backmark "* SUPERIOR * / QUALITY"  dm
Construction:  High convex, three-piece.
Approximate size:  23 mm.
Condition:  Excellent, non-excavated, secure shank present.  No pushes, cracks, breaks, or repairs. 
Reference:  Tice: VA 261 C4   Albert:  VA 20C
Price:  $175.00
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PC4004
                  North Carolina State Seal Button
 
Backmark:  "S A MYERS / RICHMOND, VA" rmdc
Construction:  Convex, two-piece.
Approximate size:  23 mm.
Condition:  Excellent, non-excavated, secure shank present.  This handsome button has a very pleasing aged brass patina with much of the detail of the state seal visible.  The button has no cracks, breaks, pushes or repairs and will be an excellent addition to any Civil War button or general relic collection.
Reference:  Tice: 210A1   Albert: NC 8
Price:  $495.00  
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PC3411
                  Virginia State Seal Coat Button

Backmark:  " * EXTRA * QUALITY" dm
Construction:  High convex, three-piece. 
Approximate size:  22 mm. 
Condition:  Very good, excavated, secure shank present.  This button has a nice chocolate brown patina with some gilt showing.  It has no pushes, cracks, breaks, or repairs.
Recovered:  Caroline County, VA.
Reference:  Tice:  VA261A9  Albert:  VA 20
Price:  $195.00
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PC2201
                Virginia State Seal Coat Button 

This excavated Virginia state seal two piece coat button is in good condition and has a pleasing chocolate brown patina.  The shank is solidly affixed and leaning at an angle.  The back mark is that of ". Horstmann & Allien  / . N Y." dm.  The button has no cracks, breaks or repairs.  There are no pushes to the face but there is a slight push to the rear.  This button will make a very nice addition to any excavated relic collection.   Ref. Albert's CS 15 and Tice's VA229B1.  Approx. 21 mm.  $150.00    Ordering Information  or  Questions?

 

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PC2873
                  Virginia State Seal Coat Button   

Backmark:  MITCHELL & TYLER / RICHMOND. VA.
Construction:  High convex, two-piece.
Approximate size:  22.5 mm.
Condition:  Very good.  Non-excavated.  Nice crisp detail both front and back.  Nice aged brass patina.  Secure shank present.  Tiny push above Virtus' right foot.  No cracks, breaks, repairs or other pushes.
Reference:  Tice VA215A1  Albert  VA 7
Price:   $225.00
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PC4955
                  Virginia State Seal Cuff Button

Backmark:  Illegible.
Construction:  High convex, three-piece.
Approximate size:  14 mm.
Condition:  Very good, excavated, secure shank, with a tiny bit of thread, present.  A nice example with plenty of gilt,  with no pushes, cracks, breaks, or repairs.
Recovered:  Spotsylvania County, VA.
Reference:  Tice:  VA261As  Albert:  VA 20
Price:  $175.00
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PC4689
                  South Carolina State Seal Button - Rare Back Mark

Backmark:  "C. R. & CO. . / EXTRA RICH"  dm
Construction:  Convex, two-piece.
Approximate size:  23 mm. 
Condition:  Very good, excavated, shank securely loose in hole.  The button has no pushes, cracks, breaks, or repairs
Comments:  According to Warren K. Tice, author of the button reference book " Uniform Buttons Of The United States 1776-1865", this button has a rarely encountered back mark.  The manufacturer misspelled "OPIBUSQUE" of motto as "OPIRUSQUE".
Recovered
:  Charles City County, VA
Reference:  Tice: SC264A2   Albert:  SC 16
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PC4121
                  Confederate Lined Infantry Coat Button

Backmark:  " . SUPERIOR QUALITY"  dm
Construction:  Convex, two-piece.
Approximate size:  23 mm.
Condition:  Good, excavated, secure shank present.  This CS infantry button has no pushes, cracks, breaks, or repairs. The rear is slightly pushed.
Recovered:  New Kent County, VA
Reference:  Tice:  CSI203A3  Albert:  CS 172
Price:  $140.00
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PC3388
                  North Carolina State Seal Coat Button

Backmark:  Illegible.  Possibly "W. WILDT & SON / RICHMOND VA."
Construction:  Convex, two-piece.
Approximate size:  22 mm.
Condition:  Very good, excavated, missing shank.  This button has moderate detail of the state seal and a very pleasing brown-bronze patina.  It has no pushes, cracks, or repairs.
Recovered:  Caroline County, VA.
Reference:  Tice:  NC210  Albert:  NC 8
Price:  $115.00
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