Civil War Relicman,
Harry Ridgeway.

Winchester, Virginia USA (changed hands 70 times in the Civil War!).

Ridgeway Civil War Library.
Button.Backmark.Spies AW.
A W Spies, 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 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.

Adam W Spies immigrated from Birmingham England in the late 1820's and sold buttons in New York until about 1835. The buttons were probably made in England.

Spies AW.100, (21mm)
Backmark: "A. W. SPIES / (dot) (star) (dot) RICH (dot) (star) (dot)" rm, one part button, back is concave, manufactured ca. 1830's, (Spies AW.100). Reference: Tice, Dating Buttons, page 141.

B4139 Federal artillery button, eagle with "A", one part convex, A W Spies rm, (21mm)
Ref: Albert AY64, Tice AY199D9.