Civil War Relicman,
Harry Ridgeway.

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

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Ridgeway Civil War Library,.
Button.Backmark.Dowler W.
William H Dowler, Birmingham England.

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.

W H Dowler operated out of Birmingham England and produced buttons, smuggled through the blockade.


Dowler W.100, (23mm).
Backmark: "W. DOWLER / (dot) SUPERIOR QUALITY (dot)" dm between rings of dots, made by English producer, (Dowler W.100). Reference: Tice, Dating Buttons, page 172, [Plate C-1, 6].

B5352 Confederate officer button, eagle facing right with 14 stars on a plain field with border, English wartime manufacture, W. Dowler, (23mm)
Reference: Albert CS7A, TiceCS207A1.

B5390 Confederate engineer button, stippled script "E" on plain background with border, English import, W. Dowler, (24mm)
Reference: Albert CS154A, Tice CSE215A1.

B5036 Confederate rifleman button, stippled "R" on plain background with border, English wartime manufacture, W Dowler, (21.2mm)
Reference: Albert CS202A, Tice CSR202A1.


Dowler W.110, (14mm).
Backmark: "W. DOWLER / SUPERIOR" dm inner ring of dots, made by English producer, used only on small size buttons.(Dowler W.110). Reference: Tice, Dating Buttons, page 172.

B0103. Confederate officer button, eagle facing right with 14 stars on a plain field with border, English wartime manufacture, W. Dowler Superior, (14mm)
Reference: Albert CS7, tice CS207As1.

B0121...Confederate engineer button, stippled script "E" on plain background with border, English wartime manufacture, "W. DOWLER / SUPERIOR" dm, (14mm)
Button depicts stippled script "E", intended for Confederate Engineer officers, manufactured in England and smuggled through the blockade. Backmark: "W. DOWLER / SUPERIOR" dm inner ring of dots, made by English producer, used only on small size buttons (Dowler W.110).Two part convex button, small size for hat or sleeve.
Reference: Albert CS154, Tice CSE215As1.

Dug button, gilded, shank missing. Recovered: Richmond, Virginia.