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 Steele Johnson.
"Extra Rich", tentative attribution to Steele & Johnson.

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 Rich by Steele Johnson.100, (18mm).
Backmark: "EXTRA / RICH" rmdc. used on ball button, unknown manufacture, ca 1840s, (Extra Rich by Steele Johnson.100). Reference: Tice, Dating Buttons.

B4266 Bullet button, Zouave or cadet, round ball, Extra Rich rmdc, (18mm)
Ref: Albert SU1, Tice, not listed.

Extra Rich by Steele Johnson.120, (18.1mm).
Backmark: "EXTRA / (star) RICH (star)" rmdc. unknown manufacture, ca 1840s or 1850s, (Extra Rich by Steele Johnson.120). Reference: Tice, Dating Buttons.

B1080...South Carolina state button or cadet button, palmetto tree with SC, likely Citadel, "EXTRA / (star) RICH (star)" rmdc, (18.3mm)
Button depicts the South Carolina state seal, the Palmetto tree with "SC", intended for South Carolina troops, this size was most commonly used by Citadel cadets. Backmark: "EXTRA / (star) RICH (star)" rmdc. unknown manufacture, ca 1840s or 1850s, (Extra.821). Two part convex button, vest or cadet coat size. Nondug button.
Reference: Albert SC16, TiceSC248.

B2293....Tennessee school button, Murfreesboro Military Academy, "EXTRA / (star) RICH (star)" rmdc, (18.1mm)

Recovered: Smyrna Tennessee by Steve Johnson. Reference: Albert SU247, TiceUS206.