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.Fine Gold Plate.
"Fine Gold Plate", attribution to Steele & Johnson is tentative.

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.


Fine Gold Plate.100, (22mm).
Backmark: "(graphic of eagle), / FINE GOLD PLATE " dm on a ribbon, likely manufacture by Steele & Johnson, ca. 1860, (Fine Gold Plate.100). Reference: Tice, Dating Buttons, page 87 (Steele & Johnson), [Plate B-10, 19].
B5980 Federal infantry button, eagle with "I", Fine Gold Plate on a ribbon, (22.5mm)
Ref: Albert GI85/88, Tice GI215A103.

B4173...Federal cavalry button, eagle with "C", "(graphic of eagle), / FINE GOLD PLATE " dm., (22.5mm). Button depicts eagle facing right with "C" in the shield, generally for cavalry officers. Backmark: "(graphic of eagle), / FINE GOLD PLATE " dm on a ribbon, likely manufacture by Steele & Johnson, ca. 1860, (Fine Gold Plate.100).Two part convex button, large coat size.
Button.1.Federal.30.Cavalry.Fine Gold Plate.100. Reference: Albert CV1, Tice CV215.

Nondug button.


Fine Gold Plate.110, (16mm).
Backmark: "(star), / FINE GOLD (star) PLATE " dm, likely manufacture by Steele & Johnson, ca. 1860, used on small size only, (Fine Gold Plate.110). Reference: Tice, Dating Buttons, page 87.
B2095...Federal cavalry button, eagle with "C", "(star), / FINE GOLD (star) PLATE " dm, (16mm). Button depicts eagle facing right with "C" in the shield, generally for cavalry officers. Backmark: "(star), / FINE GOLD (star) PLATE " dm, likely manufacture by Steele & Johnson, ca. 1860, used on small size only, (Fine Gold Plate.110). Two part convex button, small size for hat or sleeve.
Button.1.Federal.30.Cavalry.Fine Gold Plate.110. Reference: Albert CV1, Tice CV215.

Nondug button.