Civil War Relicman,
Harry Ridgeway.

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

Ridgeway Civil War Library,.
Walton Brothers, 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.

Walton Brothers operated in New York from 1858 to beyond the Civil War. They obtained a patent for a hat in 1862 and they seemed to have dealt exclusively with the US Marines, they probably subcontracted the buttons with Scovill and sold hats and uniforms. After the Civil War they made industrial machinery and the production of military goods appears to have been limited to the Civil and not beyond. (Bazelon & McGuinn). Tice states in his backmark book that they probably did not sell buttons bearing their name until after the Civil War, this appears to be in error.

Walton.110, (22mm).
Backmark: "WALTON BRO,S / (star) NEW YORK (star) ", dm between rings of dots, manufactured ca 1862 to 1865, (Walton.110). Reference: Tice, Dating Buttons, page 142, [Plate B-15, 15].

B6840 Federal Marine Corps button, eagle with outspread wings over anchor, Walton Bros New York, dm, (22.4mm)
Reference: Albert MC10, Tice MC218A10.