Ridgeway Civil War Research Center,
A virtual examination of artifacts of the American Civil War

Civil War Buttons

by Harry Ridgeway

Catalog of button backmarks
Button Backmark Index

This is the "Ridgeway Civil War Library", a research tool for educational purposes only, and is provided at no cost to the reader. Some of the relics listed are retained in the author's collection, most reside in other collections and are not owned by the author. None of the items listed in this section are for sale, please refer to relicman.com sales listings for items offered for sale. This is a work in progress, I list items as I get to them, there are many patterns that are not listed yet, this list will be regularly updated as I get pictures and descriptions for more items. I will also correct mistakes, so if you see any please tell me. All items listed are believed to be authentic to the Civil War or as otherwise described. Any excavated relics have been recovered from private property with owners permission. This information is available for research purposes, pictures may be used by permission only.

Most information on this page is from:
Uniform Buttons of the United States 1776 - 1865, by Warren K.Tice.
Dating buttons; A Chronology of Button Types, Makers, Retailers & Their Backmarks, by Warren K. Tice.
Military contractors, by Bazelon and Guinn.
Record of American Uniform and Historical Buttons, Bicentennial Edition, by Alphaeus H. Albert.
Pictures are generally by the author, unless otherwise indicated
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I am compiling this list of backmarks, as a service for the button collector. As I get good pictures of the backs of buttons (generally from buttons as I have them to list on my website) I am cataloging them more or less according to "Dating Buttons, A Chronology of Button Types, Makers, Retailers & Their Backmarks" by Warren K. Tice. This is meant to be a supplement to that work by photographing the backmarks not pictured in that book, and development of a numbering system. You will still need to refer to that work as there is much information in it that I do not intend to cover in this reference.

It is my intention to photograph and publish (eventually) all of the backs that I get but I will do it piecemeal as I get them so here is a start. My numbering system will reference Tice book, my scheme is alphabetical according to what is seen on the backmarks. So for example, I will list Scovill backs under "S", Extra Quality under "E", even though both may have been listed by Tice under Scovill.

I make no warranties or guarantees whatsoever of any of the data contained in this reference of backmarks, this is a compilation of information only and is provided as a reference tool available for button research. However, if you find that I have made mistakes, please tell me about them and I will make corrections, that is a major advantage of this internet media versus the print media, I can add things and make corrections as we go, I don't have to wait till I have it all to publish any of it.

Backmark. blank English manufacture, click here for details

Backmark. blank northern manufacture, click here for details
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Backmark. blank southern manufacture, click here for details
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Backmark.Acerman Mixer, click here for details

Backmark.American Button, click here for details

Backmark.Armitage, click here for details

Backmark.Bellenot C, click here for details

Backmark.Benedict, click here for details
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Backmark.Best Mercury, click here for details

Backmark.Best Plated, click here for details

Backmark.Best Quality, click here for details

Backmark.Boggett, click here for details

Backmark.Boylan John, click here for details

Backmark.Buckley S, click here for details

Backmark.Campbell S Isaacs, click here for details

Backmark.Canfield, click here for details
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Backmark.Chatwin, click here for details

Backmark.Cohn Herman, click here for details

Backmark.Cordier Freres, click here for details

Backmark.Courtney Tennent, click here for details

Backmark.Crumpton, click here for details

Backmark.Cullen Brown, click here for details
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Backmark.Dale Thomas N, click here for details

Backmark.Delarue John, click here for details
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Backmark.Devlin, click here for details

Backmark.Dowler W, click here for details

Backmark.ELE, click here for details

Backmark.Evans D, click here for details

Backmark.Evans Hassall, click here for details

Backmark.Extra Fine Gilt, click here for details

Backmark.Extra Gilt, click here for details

Backmark.Extra Gold Quality, click here for details

Backmark.Extra others, click here for details

Backmark.Extra Plate, click here for details

Backmark.Extra Quality by Scovill, click here for details

Backmark.Extra Quality by Steele Johnson, click here for details

Backmark.Extra Quality by Waterbury Button Co, click here for details

Backmark.Extra Rich by Scovill, click here for details

Backmark.Extra Rich by Steele Johnson, click here for details

Backmark.Extra Rich Colour, click here for details

Backmark.Extra Rich Treble Gilt, click here for details

Backmark.Extra Superb, click here for details

Backmark.Fine Gilt, click here for details

Backmark.Fine Gold Plate, click here for details

Backmark.Fine Quality, click here for details

Backmark.Firmin, click here for details
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Backmark.Floyd George, click here for details
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Backmark.Gilt, click here for details

Backmark.Gminder Jacob, click here for details
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Backmark.Goddard, click here for details

Backmark.Goldsboro Rifles, click here for details
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Backmark.Goodwins, click here for details

Backmark.Gourdin Cie, click here for details

Backmark.Guiterman, click here for details
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Backmark.Halfmann, click here for details

Backmark.Hammond Turner Bates, click here for details

Backmark.Hammond Turner Dickinson, click here for details

Backmark.Harper HC, click here for details

Backmark.Hassam FK, click here for details

Backmark.Hebbert, click here for details

Backmark.Horstmann, click here for details

Backmark.Hyde Goodrich, click here for details

Backmark.Imperial, click here for details

Backmark.Independent Cadets, click here for details

Backmark.Jennens, click here for details

Backmark.Jones WH, click here for details

Backmark.Kendrick, click here for details

Backmark.Kent Paine, click here for details
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Backmark.Lambert Mast, click here for details

Backmark.Leavenworth, click here for details

Backmark.Lewis EM, click here for details

Backmark.Lewis Tomes, click here for details

Backmark.Lilly MC, click here for details

Backmark.London Quality, click here for details

Backmark.Loud, click here for details

Backmark.Macular Williams Parker, click here for details
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Backmark.Mann J, click here for details

Backmark.Meyer NS, click here for details

Backmark.Miller T, click here for details

Backmark.Mintzer WG, click here for details

Backmark.Mitchel Tyler, click here for details
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Backmark.Myers SA, click here for details

Backmark.Novelty Goodyear, click here for details

Backmark.Oehms Acme Hall click here for details

Backmark.Pacific Button, click here for details

Backmark.Palanzuelos, click here for details
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Backmark.Philada, click here for details

Backmark.Plated, click here for details

Backmark.Reed Jacob, click here for details

Backmark.Rich, click here for details
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Backmark.Ridabock, click here for details

Backmark.Riveted Solderd, click here for details
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Backmark.Robinson, click here for details
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Backmark.Rouyer C, click here for details
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Backmark.Rowley, click here for details

Backmark.Schur Bland, click here for details

Backmark.Schuyler, click here for details
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Backmark.Scovill, click here for details
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Backmark.Silvered, click here for details

Backmark.Simmons GW, click here for details

Backmark.Smith JS click here for details

Backmark.Smith Kemp Wright, click here for details

Backmark.Smith WH, click here for details
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Backmark.Smith Young, click here for details see also Young Smith
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Backmark.Snellenberg N, click here for details

Backmark.Spies AW, click here for details

Backmark.Starkey, click here for details

Backmark.State Arsenal, click here for details

Backmark.Steele Johnson, click here for details

Backmark.Superb Imperial Standard, click here for details

Backmark.Superfin Paris, click here for details
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Backmark.Superfine Gold Plated, click here for details

Button.9.Backmark.Superior Plated click here for details

Backmark.Superior Quality by Steele Johnson, click here for details

Backmark.Superior Quality English manufacture, click here for details

Backmark.Tait P, click here for details

Backmark.Treble, click here for details

Backmark.Trelon Weldon Weil, click here for details

Backmark.United States, click here for details

Backmark.Van Wart, click here for details

Backmark.Wadhams Webster, click here for details

Backmark.Wallis William, click here for details

Backmark.Walton, click here for details

Backmark.Warranted, click here for details

Backmark.Waterbury Button, click here for details
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Backmark.Weldon Charles Jeremiah, click here for details

Backmark.Wendlinger C, click here for details

Backmark.Wildt W, click here for details
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Backmark.Wise Bielby Hyde, click here for details

Backmark.Young Smith, click here for details
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Backmark.zzOther, click here for details


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