Backmark: "STEELE & JOHNSON" rmdc
Construction: High convex, three-piece.
Approximate size: 23 mm.
Condition: Very good, excavated, secure shank present. The button is loaded with gilt and there is a moderate push to the middle front, otherwise, there are no cracks, breaks, or repairs.
Comments: According to "Uniform Buttons Of The United States 1776-1865", by Warren K. Tice, "Groups of New York City police volunteered to serve as companies during the Civil War." An example of this button can be found in the above mentioned reference book on page 46 as figure F52-11 with its description on the preceding page. Included in the additional images of the button is an image of the digger's index card indicating, in most cases, the button's identification, assessment of condition, recovery date & location and other general information. In cases where there are discrepancies between the digger's description and Virginia Relic's description, Virginia Relic's description shall be deemed correct. This example will be an excellent addition to any excavated Civil War button or general relic collection.
Recovered: Dinwiddie County, VA., off New Road, south of Arthur's Swamp (see additional information on digger's index card in additional images to left).
Reference: Tice: NYP295B1 Albert: Not listed
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