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.Lewis Tomes.
Lewis & Tomes, London and New York.

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.

Edward Lewis was a London England producer, apparently formed a partnership with Francis Tomes operating in New York starting 1819. Tomes then operated under various names and making a variety of military goods through the Civil War.

Lewis Tomes.100, (21mm).
Backmark: "LEWIS & TOMES. / EXTRA RICH." rmdc, an English makeroperating a partnership in America, ca. 1820's or 1830's, (Lewis Tomes.100). Reference: Tice, Dating Buttons, page 135, [Plate B-14, 14].

B5227 Federal artillery button, eagle over cannon facing right, one part flat, Lewis & Tomes Extra Rich, (21.4mm)
Ref: Albert AY52B.

B5589 Federal Navy button, eagle with anchor on shield, one part flat, Lewis & Tomes, Extra Rich, (23mm)
Ref: Albert NA67A.


Lewis Tomes.110, (23mm).
Backmark: "LEWIS & TOMES / EXTRA RICH" rm between two rings with rounded border, flat one part button, ca. 1820's or 1830's, (Lewis Tomes.110).
Ref: Tice, Dating Buttons, page 135.

B4203 Federal Navy button, eagle facing left over upright anchor, one part flat, Lewis & Tomes, (22.6mm)
Ref: Albert NA86.