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.Gilt.
"Gilt...", trademark backmarks, various makers.

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.

Variations of Gilt ...., these are trade mark backmarks denoting quality, producers are generally not determined.


Gilt.100, (22mm)
Backmark: "GILT / (star) (star) (star) (star) (star) (star)" rm ca 1810 to 1820's, possibly made by Armitage, (Gilt.100). Reference: Tice, Dating Buttons.

B2480. Georgia button, state seal from colonial period, snake with "Don't tread on me", Chatham Artillery, Savannah, "GILT / (star) (star) (star) (star) (star) (star)" rm, (21.6mm)

Dug button. Recovered Savannah, Georgia. Reference: Albert NA1, Tice GA110A1.


Gilt.200, (16mm).
Backmark: "GILT / (8 stars with alternating dots) " rm between two rings, English manufacture ca 1830's, (Gilt.200). Reference: Tice, Dating Buttons.

B5609 Federal Navy button, eagle facing left over upright anchor, one part flat, Gilt with stars, (16mm)
Ref: Albert NA81Bv (as corrected).


Gilt.300, (22mm)
Backmark: "DOUBLE / (dot) (star) (dot) GILT (dot) (star) (dot)" rm ca 1810 to 1820's, possibly made by Armitage, (Gilt.300). Reference: Tice, Dating Buttons.

B1753. Georgia button, state seal from colonial period, snake with "Don't tread on me", Chatham Artillery, Savannah, "DOUBLE / (dot) (star) (dot) GILT (dot) (star) (dot)" rm, (21.6mm)

Dug button, gilding. Recovered Richmond Hill, Georgia, (near Savannah). Reference: Albert NA1, Tice GA110A2.