Civil War Relicman,
Harry Ridgeway.

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

Ridgeway Civil War Library.
Button.Backmark.Extra Rich by Scovill.
"Extra Rich", by Scovill.

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..

"Extra Quality" "Extra Fine, Extra Gilt, Extra Plate, etc backmarks were generic stock backmarks or tradename backmarks denoting quality. There are many variations of this backmark, uncertainty as to who the actual producers were of some of them, so all are listed here as I find them..

Extra Rich by Scovill.100, (22mm).
Backmark: "EXTRA / (star) (star) (star) RICH (star) (star) (star)" dm between two rings of dots, Scovill manufactured ca 1860, (Extra Rich by Scovill.100). Reference: Tice, Dating Buttons, page 71, Scovill Manufacturing, [Plate B-7, 12].
B7059...Federal Marine Corps button, "HORSTMANN / NY & PHILA" dm between rings, (22mm). Button depicts 13 stars, eagle with outspread wings over an anchor, symbolism for the Marine Corps. Backmark: "EXTRA / (star) (star) (star) RICH (star) (star) (star)" dm between two rings of dots, Scovill manufactured ca 1860, (Extra Rich by Scovill.100). Two part button, coat size. Reference: Albert MC10.

Nondug button.

B5308 Louisiana button, state seal pelican on a lined field with rope border, Extra Rich, dm between rings, (22mm)
Ref: Albert LA2A2, Tice LA203A3.

B6520 Texas button, state seal with "TEXAS", Extra Rich, (22mm)
Ref: Albert TX17, Tice TX234A2.