Civil War Relicman,
Harry Ridgeway.

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

Ridgeway Civil War Library,.
Button.Backmark.Van Wart.
Van Wart Son & Company.

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.

Van Wart Son & Co was an English manufacturer operating from the 1820's. There is debate, however as to whether they actually made these buttons, or if either Smith Kemp Wright or C Rowley could have made them. In any case these buttons were made very late in the war, and either did not make the last blockade run, or came in too late to be issued, in either case there are no credible recoveries from southern battlefields or camps. They were clearly made for the Confederacy, however.

Van Wart.100, (23mm).
Backmark: "HENRY VAN WART " dm prewar Federal buttons. Reference: Tice, Dating Buttons, page 178.
Examples needed.

Van Wart.200, (23mm).
Backmark: "VAN WART (dot) SON & Co.. (star)" dm two rings of dots,actual English maker not known, likely Smith Kemp Wright, buttonsmade too late to be issued, (Van Wart.200). Reference: Tice, Dating Buttons, page 178, [Plate C-1, 17].

B6560 Confederate engineer button, Germanic "E" on plain background high convex with border, English import, Van Wart, (26mm)
Reference: Albert CS154A, Tice CSE215A1.

B4316 Confederate rifleman button, Germanic "R" on plain background high convex with border, English import, Van Wart, (26mm)
Reference: Albert CS205A, Tice CSR221A1.

B6156 South Carolina button, state seal with palmetto tree and SC, Van Wart Sons & Co, dm, (23mm)
Reference: Albert SC16A, Tice SC264A1.