Civil War Relicman,
Harry Ridgeway.

Winchester, Virginia USA (changed hands 70 times in the Civil War!).

Ridgeway Civil War Library.
Button.Backmark.Bellenot C.
C Bellenot, New Orleans.

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 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 Tice or Albert books, the pictures are generally from buttons analyzed by the author.

Charles Bellenot was an engraver and die maker operating out of New Orleans. The backmarks are usually blank or weakly struck.

Bellenot C.100, (22mm).
Backmark: "C. BELLENOT. / (star) N. O. (star)", rm letters do not bear serifs, Confederate local produced by C. Bellenot, New Orleans, (Bellenot C.100). Reference: Tice, Dating Buttons, page 181, [Plate C-2, 1].

B5897 Louisiana button, state seal pelican with head to the right on a lined field, southern wartime manufacture, C. Bellenot, (21.7mm)
Reference: Albert LA8A, as corrected, Tice LA249A1.

B5029 Mississippi button, flat star on lined field and "MISSISSIPPI", southern wartime manufacture, C. Bellenot, (22mm)
Reference: Albert MP5, not listed, Tice MP230A2.