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.Rich.
"Rich....".

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.

Backmarks bearing "Rich ....., are trademark backmarks denoting quality.

Rich 100.... serices, "Rich Quality London", maker not determined.

Rich.100, (24.5mm).
Backmark: "RICH QUALITY / (dot) LONDON (dot)", dm between two rings, two (dot)s in center, flat one part button, English producer 1820s or 1830s, (Rich.100). Reference: Tice, Dating Buttons.
B4659 Massachusetts button, state seal Native American holding bow and arrow, one part flat, Rich Quality London, (24.5mm)
B4659.jpg (42067 bytes) B4659B.jpg (41544 bytes) Ref: Albert MS19, Tice MS036A1.

B5613...Massachusetts button, state seal coat of arms with native American and arm and saber above, one part flat, "RICH QUALITY / (dot) LONDON (dot)", dm, (22.5mm)
Button depicts state seal of Massachusetts, coat of arms with "Massachusetts", native American, arm and saber above, intended for troops from Massachusetts. This die pattern features the seal on a lined field with border. Backmark: "RICH QUALITY / (dot) LONDON (dot)", dm between two rings, two (dot)s in center, flat one part button, English producer 1820s or 1830s, (Rich02). One part flat button, coat size. Nondug button. Reference: Albert MS27, Tice MS110C2.


Rich.110, (23.4mm).
Backmark: "RICH QUALITY (script lettering) / LONDON / solid ring/ (eight stars)" dm, flat button, English manufacture 1820s or 1830s, (Rich.110). Reference: Tice, Dating Buttons.

B5523 Federal artillery button, eagle over cannon, one part flat, Rich Quality London, (23.4mm)
Ref: Albert AY51B, not listed.

B7300...Massachusetts button, state seal Native American holding bow and arrow, one part flat, "RICH QUALITY (script lettering) / LONDON / solid ring/ (eight stars)" dm, (22.4mm)
Button depicts state seal of Massachusetts, native American holding bow and arrow, use of this version of the state seal dates from the colonial period, intended for troops from Massachusetts. Backmark: "RICH QUALITY (script lettering) / LONDON / solid ring/ (eight stars)" dm, flat button, English manufacture 1820s or 1830s, (Rich.110). One part flat button, coat size. Nondug button. Reference: Albert MS19, Tice MS036A4.

B5878Massachusetts button, state seal coat of arms with native American and arm and saber above, one part flat, Rich Quality London, (22.4mm)
Ref: Albert MS27, Tice MS110B.


Rich 200.... serices, "Rich Treble Gilt", maker not determined.

Rich.200, (22mm).
Backmark: "RICH / (star) TREBLE GILT (star)" rm high concave one piece back, may be English manufacture 1830s, (Rich.200). Ref: Tice, Dating Buttons.
B4419 Virginia button, state seal Virtus slaying the tyrant with sword up, high convex one piece, Rich Treble Gilt rm, (22mm)
B4419.jpg (30832 bytes) B4419B.jpg (25319 bytes)Ref: Albert VA3, not listed, Tice VA110A2.


Rich 300.... serices, "Rich Gold Color", maker not determined.

Rich.300, (22mm).
Backmark: "RICH GOLD / (graphic) COLOR (graphic)" rm between two rings, one part button back is concave, likely English manufacture ca. 1830s, (Rich.300).
Ref: Tice, Dating Buttons, page.

B4821 Cherokee Nation button (?), 7 point star, low convex one part, Rich Gold Color, rm, (22mm)
Ref: Albert, not listed, Tice UM248A1.