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VIRGINIA CIVIL WAR RELICS

  Federal Buttons

           This page last updated May 21, 2015

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PO Box 6425
Charlottesville, VA 22906

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PC5817
                  New York Militia - Pre 1830

Backmark:  ". * . IMPERIAL . * . STANDARD"
Construction:  Flat, one-piece,
Approximate size:  21 mm.
Condition:  Excellent, excavated, secure shank present.  This well-made and handsome New York militia button has very nice detail with no cracks, breaks, bends, or repairs
Recovered Fauquier County, VA by the late Dennis Irvin during the late seventies into the early eighties.  During that time Mr. Irvin hunted many Civil War sites, both union and confederate, in Fauquier and surrounding counties.  A story of several of Mr. Irvin's major relic finds is recalled in a chapter from Howard Crouch's book, "Relic Hunter:  The Field Account of Civil War Sites, Artifacts, and Hunting".  Click here to read the story of Mr. Irvin and these finds.
Reference:  Tice:  NY100A6  Albert:  NY 10
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PC5763
                  Federal Infantry Button

Backmark:  Blank
Construction:  Convex, two-piece.
Approximate size:  16 mm.
Condition:  Excellent, excavated, secure shank present.  This button has plenty of gilt with no pushes, cracks, breaks, or repairs.  It will be an excellent addition to any excavated button or general relic collection.  
Recovered:  Stafford County, VA
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PC5760
                  Federal General Service Cuff Button

Backmark:  Blank
Construction:  Convex, two-piece.
Approximate size: 16 mm.
Condition:  Excellent, excavated, secure shank present.  This button has plenty of gilt with no pushes, cracks, breaks, or repairs.  It will be an excellent addition to any excavated button or general relic collection.  
Recovered:  Stafford County, VA
Price:  $35.00
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PC5783
                  US Infantry Coat Button

Backmark:  "HORSTMANN ...?... CO   PHIL" dm
Construction:  High convex, two-piece.
Approximate size:  21 mm.
Condition:  Excellent, excavated, secure shank present.  While the back mark is not completely legible, I am confident that it is a "Horstmann" mark. The button has plenty of gilt remaining and has no pushes, cracks, breaks, or repairs. 
Recovered:  Culpeper County, VA.
Reference:  Tice:  GI215A  Albert:  GI 85, 88
Price:  $45.00
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PC5764
                  Federal Artillery Cuff Button

Backmark:  ". Wm. H. SMITH &  CO. . / NEW-YORK" dm
Construction:  High convex, two-piece.
Approximate size:  14 mm.
Condition:  Very good, excavated, secure shank present.  This cuff size button has ample gilt with no pushes, cracks, breaks or repairs. 
Recovered:  Stafford County, VA
Reference:  Tice:  AY215  Albert:  AY 78, 79
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PC5759
                  Federal General Service Cuff Button

Backmark:  "* D. EVANS & CO. * / EXTRA" dm
Construction:  Convex, two-piece.
Approximate size:  15 mm.
Condition:  Excellent, excavated, secure shank present.  This cuff button is covered with gilt and has no pushes, cracks, breaks, or repairs.
Recovered:  Stafford County, VA.
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PC5431
                  Federal Marine Button     

Backmark:  "H. BROS & ALLIEN / . N. Y." rmdc
Construction:  Convex, two-piece.
Approximate size:  20 mm.
Condition:  Excellent, excavated, secure shank present.  This pretty button, acquired direct from the digger, has plenty of gilt remaining and a very slight push just below the eagles left wing.  Marked by the digger on the rear are the letters "FH" indicating its recovery location of Fisher's Hill, VA.
Recovered Fisher's Hill, VA
Reference:  Tice: MC215A1   Albert:  MC9
Price:  $215.00
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PC5584
                  US Navy Cuff Button

Backmark:  ".*. EXTRA .*. QUALITY" rmdc
Construction:  High convex, two-piece.
Approximate size:  16 mm.
Condition:  Excellent, excavated, secure shank present.  This button has dark brown patina with no pushes, cracks, breaks, or repairs.
Recovered:  Smithfield, VA.
Reference:  Tice:  NA206A8 variant  Albert:  NA 102
Price:  $40.00
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PC5668
                  Vermont State Seal Coat Button
 
Backmark:  A raised mark in a depressed channel (rmdc) is there, but difficult to see.
Construction:  Convex, two-piece.
Approximate size:  23 mm.
Condition:  Fair, excavated, solid shank attached.  A slight bit of gilt remains in the area of "VERMONT".  While this button shows substantial wear on an even brown patina, it has no pushes, cracks, breaks, or repairs. 
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his button was acquired direct from the digger. 
Recovered
Mine Run, VA.
Reference:  Tice: VT230   Albert:  VT 9
Price:  $65.00

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PC5591
                  US Dragoons Button

Backmark:  ". SCOVILLS & Co . / WATERBURY" rmdc
Construction:  Low convex, two-piece.
Approximate size:  19.5 mm.
Condition:  Excellent, excavated, secure shank present.  The brass has a green patina with ample gilt remaining.  There are no cracks, breaks, bends, or repairs.
RecoveredBrownsburg, VA.
Reference:  Tice: DR206A10   Albert:  DR 3
Price:  $125.00
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PC5436
                  Federal Infantry Coat Button

Backmark:  Illegible
Construction:  High convex, two-piece.
Approximate size:  21 mm.
Condition:  Very good, excavated, secure shank present.  The face of this button is covered with gilt with a green patina on the high areas of the brass.  It has no pushes, cracks, breaks, or repairs.
Recovered:  Virginia
Reference:  Tice: GI215-228   Albert:  GI 82-89
Price:  $55.00
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PC5458
                  Federal Infantry Cuff Button

Backmark:  Illegible or blank.
Construction:  High convex, two-piece.
Approximate size
Condition:  Very good, excavated, secure shank present.  The face of this button has some gilt over a brown patina.  It has no pushes, cracks, breaks, or repairs.
Recovered:  Orange County, VA
Reference:  Tice: GI215-228   Albert:  GI 82-89
Price:  $35.00
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PC5451
                  New York 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, with its woodsy yellow-brown patina, still shows light traces of gilt under a light.  It has no pushes, cracks, breaks, or repairs.
Recovered:  Rixeyville, VA.
Reference:  Tice:  NY220  Albert:  NY30
Price:  $35.00
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PC5454
                 US Staff Officer Coat Button

Backmark:  "W. G. MINTZER . / PHIL D."  dm
Construction:  High convex, three-piece.
Approximate size:  22 mm.
Condition:  Good, excavated, shank missing.  This fine button is loaded with gilt and has no pushes, cracks, or repairs.  Excellent display piece.
Recovered:  Orange County, VA.
Reference:  Tice:  GS228B1  Albert:  GS 15
Price:  $35.00
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PC5456
                  US Artillery Coat Button

Backmark:  Believed to be: "CANFIELD. BRO & CO . / BALTIMORE."  dm
Construction:  High convex, two-piece.
Approximate size:  20 mm.
Condition:  Good, excavated, secure shank present.  This button has a brown patina with no pushes, cracks, breaks, or repairs.
Recovered:  Orange County, VA.
Reference:  Tice:  AY215A variant  Albert: AY 78, 79 
Price:  $35.00
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New York State Seal Cuff Button

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PC3760
                  New York State Seal Cuff Button

Backmark:  "* EXTRA.*/ QUALITY."  dm
Construction:  Highly convex, three-piece.
Approximate size:  15 mm.
Condition:  Good, excavated, secure shank present.  The face of this button has some gilt with mild ground action.  The button has no pushes or repairs but the rim has some minor ground action cracks. 
Recovered:  New Kent County, VA.
Reference:  Tice:  NY220Ss1  Albert:  NY 30
Price:  $30.00
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PC5250
                  Michigan State Seal Cuff Button

Backmark:  " . * . G & B . * . / EXTRA"
Construction:  High convex, three-piece.
Approximate size:  15 mm. 
Condition:  Excellent, excavated, secure shank present.  This cuff button has ample gilt and a very strong back mark.  There are no pushes, cracks, breaks, or repairs. 
Recovered:  Harrison's Landing, Charles City County, VA.
Reference:  Tice:  MG205Cs1  Albert:  MG 4
Price:  $140.00
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PC4713
                  Pre-Civil War US Dragoons Coat Button

Backmark:  " . SCOVILLS . / WATERBURY" dm
Construction:   High convex, two-piece.
Approximate size:  19 mm.
Condition:  Very good, excavated, secure shank present.  This nice button, with its dark patina with no pushes, cracks, breaks, or repairs.
Recovered Petersburg, VA. area.
Reference:  Tice: DR206A13   Albert:  DR 3
Price:  $75.00
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PC5248
                  Connecticut State Seal Button

Backmark:  " . SCOVILL MF'G CO . / WATERBURY ."  dm
Construction Convex, two-piece.
Approximate size:  23 mm.
Condition:  Very good, excavated, secure shank present.  This button still has traces of gilt showing through the state seal and the rear has a very strong back mark.  This button has no pushes, cracks, breaks, or repairs. 
Recovered:  South Carolina low country area.
Reference:  Tice:  CT205A13  Albert:  CT13
Price:  $95.00
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PC3395
                  US Artillery Cuff Button

Backmark:  "SCOVILLS & Co EXTRA"
Construction:  High convex, two-piece.
Approximate size:  15 mm.
Condition:  Very good, excavated, secure shank present.  This button has a dark patina with a bit of light brass showing through on its high areas.  It has no pushes, cracks, breaks, or repairs.
Recovered:  Caroline County, VA.
Reference:  Tice:  AY21562  Albert:  AY 78, 79 
Price:  $35.00
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PC4699
                  US Artillery Coat Button

Backmark:  " * EXTRA * QUALITY"  dm
Construction:  High convex, two-piece.
Approximate size:  23 mm.
Condition:  Excellent, non-excavated, secure shank present.  This heavily gilded button has no pushes, cracks, breaks, or repairs.
Reference:  Tice: AY215A   Albert: AY 78, 79  According to Tice, production of this button type began around 1845, and lasted beyond the Civil War.
Price:  $50.00
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New York Coat Button

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PC3190
                  New York Coat Button

Backmark:  " * EXTRA * QUALITY"
Construction:  High convex, three-piece.
Approximate size:  22 mm.
Condition: Very good, excavated, secure shank present.  This button has ample gilt and a small break in the rim visible from the rear.  Otherwise, this button has no pushes, cracks, or repairs. 
Recovered:  Richmond, VA area
Reference:  Tice:  NY220  Albert:  NY 30
Price:  $35.00
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US Artillery Button

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PC3197
                  Federal Artillery Coat Button

Backmark:  Blank
Construction:  High convex, two-piece.
Approximate size:  21 mm.
Condition:  Very good, excavated, secure shank present.  There is a very tiny break in the surface on the rim that can be seen with a magnifier and a light.  This artillery coat button has no pushes or repairs. 
Recovered:  Richmond, VA area
Reference:  Tice:  AY215A84  Albert:  AY 78, 79
Price:  $25.00
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PC4925
                  Four US Coat Buttons - Artillery, Infantry, & General Service

These four US coat buttons are being offered as a group and include the following:

US General Service eagle button, "EXTRA QUALITY" back mark, solid stand-up shank present, excellent condition.  19 mm.
US Infantry eagle button, blank back mark, shank present but loose, very good condition.  20 mm.
US Artillery eagle button, " * EXTRA * QUALITY" back mark, shank missing, good condition, nice gilt high-lighting eagle.  21 mm.
US General Service eagle button, "STEELE & JOHNSON MFG:CO"  Back pushed in but overall good condition. 20 mm.

Price:  $85.00
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PC4929
                  Pre-Civil War US Infantry Coat Button

Backmark:  "SUPERIOR QUALITY / W H H & Co" rmdc
Construction:  Low convex, two-piece.
Approximate size:  20 mm.
Condition:  Excellent, non-excavated, secure shank present.  This button has a nice dark toned brass patina and has no pushes, cracks, breaks, or repairs. 
Reference:  Tice: GIUNCL27 Variant  
Price:  $60.00
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PC4703
                  US Artillery Coat Button

Backmark:  "W . H . HORSTMANN & SONS PHI" dm
Construction:  High convex, two-piece.
Approximate size:  21 mm.
Condition:  Excellent, non-excavated, secure shank present.  This button has no pushes, cracks, breaks, or repairs.
Reference:  Tice: AY215A   Albert: AY 78, 79  According to Tice, production of this button type began around 1845, and lasted beyond the Civil War.
Price:  $50.00
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PC4725
                  US Infantry Coat Button

Backmark:  " * EXTRA * QUALITY" dm
Construction:  High convex, two-piece.
Approximate size:  21 mm.
Condition:  Excellent, non-excavated, secure shank present.  This very nice button has no pushes, cracks, breaks, or repairs.
Reference:  Tice: GI225A2   Albert:  GI85 & 88
Price:  $35.00
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PC3659
                  Rhode Island State Seal Coat Button 

Backmark:  "SCOVILL MF'G CO, / WATERBURY." dm.  NOTE: the double strike.
Construction:  High convex, three-piece.
Approximate size:  22 mm.
Condition:  Excellent, non-excavated with secure shank present.  This beautiful Rhode Island button is a stunning example with 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",  these buttons were probably made after the Civil War.   
Reference:  Tice:  RI201B2  Albert:  RI 7
Price:  $25.00
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War of 1812 Infantry Officer's Coat Button

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PC3394
                  War of 1812 Infantry Officer's Coat Button   

Backmark:  Blank
Construction:  One-piece.
Approximate size:  23 mm.
Condition:  Very good, excavated, shank present.  The details on the face are worn but there is some silver plate still present in the lined field nicely outlining the eagle and shield.  This early solid button has no damage or repairs.
Recovered:  Caroline County, VA.
Reference:   Albert:  GI 51F
Price:  $75.00
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PC4707
                  US Artillery Vest Size Button

Backmark:  "W. G. MINTZER . PHILD.. " dm
Construction:  High convex, two-piece.
Approximate size:  16 mm.
Condition:  Excellent, non-excavated, secure shank present.  This very nice button has no pushes, cracks, breaks, or repairs.
Reference:  Tice: AY215A49   Albert: AY 78, 79  According to Tice, production of this button type began around 1845, and lasted beyond the Civil War.
Price:  $35.00
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PC4700
                  US Artillery Coat Button

Backmark:  ". SCOVILL MF'G  CO . WATERBURY" dm
Construction:  High convex, two-piece.
Approximate size:  21 mm.
Condition:  Excellent, non-excavated, secure shank present.  This button has a dull brass patina and has no pushes, cracks, breaks, or repairs.
Reference:  Tice: AY215A   Albert: AY 78, 79  According to Tice, production of this button type began around 1845, and lasted beyond the Civil War.
Price:  $50.00
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PC4928
                  Pre-Civil War US Artillery Coat Button

Backmark:  ". R & W. ROBINSON . / EXTRA RICH" dm
Construction:  Low convex, two-piece.
Approximate size: 19 mm. 
Condition: Excellent, non-excavated, secure shank present.  This beautiful button has no pushes, cracks, breaks, or repairs.   
Reference:  Tice:  AY206A6  Albert: AY71 
Price:  $65.00
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PC4715
                  Pre-Civil War US Dragoons Cuff Button

Backmark:  There, but difficult to determine.
Construction:  Low convex, two-piece.
Approximate size:  14 mm.
Condition:  Very good, excavated, secure shank present.  This button has a pretty green patina and has no pushes, cracks, breaks, or repairs.
Recovered Petersburg, VA. area.
Reference:  Tice: DR206As   Albert:  DR 3
Price:  $35.00
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