Item: Confederate Army Officer Coat Button
Backmark: Blank with depressed channel.
Construction: High convex, two-piece. Twelve five-pointed stars surround the eagle on a lined field. The front has a Confederate eagle with a flat border making it resemble a three-piece, or staff, button.
Approximate size: 25 mm.
Condition: Good, excavated, secure shank present. Brown patina with ample gilt. A small push exists in the area of the eagle's legs just below its body. There is a hairline fracture situated in the area of the eagle's legs and, while visible in the high-resolution images, it is not visible in-hand under normal room lighting. The rim is complete with the exception of a break found at the eight o'çlock position of its front. The rear, with its perfect stand-up shank, is in excellent shape. There are no repairs.
Recovered: by Rees Buttram in the area of Chickamauga, GA.
Reference: Tice: CS251A Albert: CS 20
Comments: According to "Uniform Buttons of the United States 1776-1865" by Warren K. Tice, "Casimir Rouyer of New Orleans likely produced these locals." This button will be an excellent addition to any excavated Civil War button or general relic collection.
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