Civil War Relicman,
Harry Ridgeway.

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

http://relicman.com/.

Ridgeway Civil War Library.
Button.Backmark.Benedict.
Benedict companies.

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


Benedict operated under the following names:
Aaron Benedict proprietor 1823 - 1829.
Benedict & Coe 1829 - 1834.
Benedict & Burnham operated 1834 to 1843.
Benedict & Burnham Manufacturing 1843 - 1849.
Buttons of this period are noted for very high quality and they produced a lot of Civilian buttons. After 1849, buttons were produced by Waterbury Button Co.

Benedict.100 series, Aaron Benedict.

Benedict.200 series Benedict & Coe.

Benedict.300, (21.5mm).
Backmark: "BENEDICT & BURNHAM / (graphic) (dot) (graphic) WATERBURY (graphic) (dot) (graphic) / EXTRA / (dot) (graphic) (dot) SUPERFINE (dot) (graphic) (dot) " dm middle solid ring, ca 1834 - 1843, (Benedict.300). Reference: Tice, Dating Buttons, page 80, [Plate B-8, 3].

B5291 Massachusetts button, state seal arm and sword, officer staff, Benedict & Burnham, (21.5mm)
Reference: Albert MS35, Tice MS210H1.


Benedict.310, (13mm).
Backmark: "B & B / (star) EXTRA (star) " dm inner solid ring, two outer ringd, Benedict anfd Burnham, ca 1834 - 1843, small size button only, (Benedict.310). Reference: Tice, Dating Buttons, page 80.
B3243...Federal Marine Corps button, "B & B / (star) EXTRA (star) " dm, (13.1mm). Button depicts 13 stars, eagle with outspread wings over an anchor, symbolism for the Marine Corps. Backmark: "B & B / (star) EXTRA (star) " dm inner solid ring, two outer ringd, Benedict and Burnham, ca 1834 - 1843, small size button only, (Benedict.310). Two part button, small size for hat or sleeve. Reference: Albert MC7 Tice MC209As

Dug button. Recovered: Atlanta 1864 campaign.

Benedict.350, (22mm).
Backmark: "BENEDICT / (diamond) & BURNHAM (diamond) " dm between outer ring of stars, middle solid ring, inner solid ring on flat back ca 1834 - 1843, (Benedict.350). Reference: Tice, Dating Buttons, page 80, [Plate B-8, 2].

B4432 Virginia button, state seal Virtus slaying the tyrant with sword up, Benedict and Burnham dm between three rings on flat back, (21.7mm)
B4432.jpg (40128 bytes) B4432B.jpg (35176 bytes)Reference: Albert VA8, Tice VA218A1.


Benedict.370, (22mm).
Backmark: "BENEDICT & BURNHAM " dm on a ribbon with an eagle, ca 1830's or 1840's, (Benedict.370). Reference: Tice, Dating Buttons, page 80.

B4292 Georgia button, Irish Jasper Greens, Savannah GA, "IJG" with harp, Benedict & Burnham, dm on ribbon, (22.3mm)
Reference: Albert GA18, TiceGA256B1.

B6622 Political campaign of 1840, Van Buren and Harrison, log cabin, Benedict & Burnham, dm in ribbon, (22mm)
Reference: Albert PC155A.


Benedict.400.
Backmark: B&B Mg Co Waterbury
Reference: Tice, Dating Buttons, page 80, [Plate B-8, 4].
Examples needed.