Ridgeway Civil War Research Center,
A virtual examination of artifacts of the American Civil War

Civil War Buttons

by Harry Ridgeway

Zouave, cadet, or "bullet ball" buttons.
Button8010-BallButtons

Details click: http://relicman.com/Button8010-BallButtons.html.


This is the "Ridgeway Civil War Research Center", 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:
Uniform Buttons of the United States 1776 - 1865, by Warren K.Tice.
Dating buttons; A Chronology of Button Types, Makers, Retailers & Their Backmarks, by Warren K. Tice.
Directory of American Military Goods Dealers & Makers, by Bruce S. Bazelon and William F. Guinn.
Record of American Uniform and Historical Buttons, Bicentennial Edition, by Alphaeus H. Albert.
Pictures are generally by the author, unless otherwise indicated
.


Zouave, cadet, or "bullet ball" buttons

Bullet button, Zouave or cadet, round ball, Extra Rich rmdc, (18mm)
Button is a round ball bearing no inscription and looks like a round musket ball, these were used by Zouave militia units and cadets. Backmark: "EXTRA / RICH" rmdc. used on ball button, unknown manufacture, ca 1840's, (ExtraR10). Two part round button, coat size.
Ref: Albert SU1, Tice, not listed.

B0102...Zouave, or "Bullet" Button (18mm).
Backmark: "Extra Rich" rmdc "Bullet" Buttons were used by West Point cadets, officers, and Zouaves, typically in the 1830's. A good many of these old uniforms were employed during the Civil War.. Stand up shank intact, clean dug patina. Recovered: Harry Ridgeway Clearbrook VA Ref: Albert SU1, TiceGS200 unlisted.
.

B0317...Zouave, or "Bullet" button (19mm).
Backmark: blank Stand up shank intact, clean dug patina. Recovered: Steve Baker Shenandoah Valley, VA Ref: Albert SU1, TiceGS200 unlisted.
.

B0319...Zouave, or "Bullet" button (18mm).
Backmark: "Extra Rich" "Bullet" Buttons were used by West Point cadets, officers, and Zouaves, typically in the 1830's. A good many of these old uniforms were employed during the Civil War.. Stand up shank intact, clean dug patina. Recovered: Shenandoah Valley, VA Reference: Albert SU1, TiceGS200 unlisted.

B2399...Zouave, or West Point "Bullet" Button (18mm).
Backmark: "Extra Rich" "Bullet" Buttons were used by West Point cadets, officers, and Zouaves, typically in the 1830's. A good many of these old uniforms were employed during the Civil War.. Stand up shank intact, beautiful silvered example Recovered: Virginia Peninsula campaign Reference: Albert SU1, TiceGS200 unlisted.

B2400...Zouave, or West Point "Bullet" Button (18mm).
Backmark: "Extra Rich" "Bullet" Buttons were used by West Point cadets, officers, and Zouaves, typically in the 1830's. A good many of these old uniforms were employed during the Civil War.. Stand up shank intact, beautiful silvered example Recovered: Virginia Peninsula campaign Reference: Albert SU1, TiceGS200.

B4266...Bullet button, Zouave or cadet, round ball, Extra Rich rmdc, (18mm)

Button is a round ball bearing no inscription and looks like a round musket ball, these were used by Zouave militia units and cadets. Backmark: "EXTRA / RICH" rmdc. used on ball button, unknown manufacture, ca 1840's, (ExtraR10). Two part round button, coat size. Dug button, stand up shank intact, tiny push. Recovered: Shenandoah Valley, Virginia.
Ref: Albert SU1, Tice, not listed.

B4267...Bullet button, Zouave or cadet, round ball, Extra Rich rmdc, (18mm)

Button is a round ball bearing no inscription and looks like a round musket ball, these were used by Zouave militia units and cadets. Backmark: "EXTRA / RICH" rmdc. used on ball button, unknown manufacture, ca 1840's, (ExtraR10). Two part round button, coat size. Dug button, stand up shank intact, tiny push. Recovered: Shenandoah Valley, Virginia.
Ref: Albert SU1, Tice, not listed.

B6142...Bullet button, Zouave or cadet, round ball, Extra Rich rmdc, (18mm)

Button is a round ball bearing no inscription and looks like a round musket ball, these were used by Zouave militia units and cadets. Backmark: "EXTRA / RICH" rmdc. used on ball button, unknown manufacture, ca 1840's, (ExtraR10). Two part round button, coat size. Dug button, stand up shank. Recovered: Chancellorsville, Virginia.
Ref: Albert SU1, Tice, not listed.


Bullet" button, "Extra Strong gilt", (17mm)
Backmark: "Extra Strong gilt" Shank missing, no gilt Recovered: Harry Ridgeway Clearbrook VA Ref: Albert SU1, TiceGS200 unlisted.

B0340...Zouave, or "Bullet" button (17mm).
Backmark: "Extra Strong gilt" Shank missing, no gilt Recovered: Harry Ridgeway Clearbrook VA Ref: Albert SU1, TiceGS200 unlisted.


Bullet" Button, "Fast", (15mm)
Backmark: "Fast". "Bullet" Buttons were used by West Point cadets, officers, and Zouaves, typically in the 1830's. A good many of these old uniforms were employed during the Civil War.. Stand up shank intact, clean dug patina. Recovered: Harry Ridgeway Clearbrook VA Ref: Albert SU1, TiceGS200A4.

B0101...Zouave, or "Bullet" Button (15mm).
Backmark: "Fast" "Bullet" Buttons were used by West Point cadets, officers, and Zouaves, typically in the 1830's. A good many of these old uniforms were employed during the Civil War.. Stand up shank intact, clean dug patina. Recovered: Harry Ridgeway Clearbrook VA Ref: Albert SU1, TiceGS200A4.


Ball bullet button, Scovill MFG Co ***, (18mm)
Backmark: Scovill MFG Co *** this is 1860 backmark, Tice page 35 item 15 Buttons were made before the Civil War. They are often associated with the colorful "Zouave" units but schools also employed them before the Civil War. Stand up shank intact, attractive nondug button.. Reference: Albert GS1, Tice GS200 variant.

B2243...Federal "Zouave" or bullet buttonScovill MFG Co *** (18mm).
Backmark: Scovill MFG Co *** this is 1860 backmark, Tice page 35 item 15 Buttons were made before the Civil War. They are often associated with the colorful "Zouave" units but schools also employed them before the Civil War. Stand up shank intact, attractive nondug button.. Reference: Albert GS1, Tice GS200 variant.

B7368...Ball button Scovill Erica Jensen Holmes


Ball buttons, Scovill MFG Co. / Waterbury, (18mm)
.Manufactured 1840's or 1850's, intended for cadets, Zouaves or militia. The "ball" or "bullet" button was meant to look round from the front, the back is flat but because of the round shape of the button, the back is much smaller than the rest of the button. The backmark on all ball buttons is sloppy, suggesting that this highly convex button was difficult to manufacture and assemble. This lot of 36 buttons, all alike, apparently came off of the same jacket, probably three rows of buttons plus buttons on the collar sleeve or tail.
B6851...Lot of 36 button, “bullet buttons, Scovill MFG Co., (18mm).
Manufactured 1840's or 1850's, intended for cadets, Zouaves or militia. The "ball" or "bullet" button was meant to look round from the front, the back is flat but because of the round shape of the button, the back is much smaller than the rest of the button. The backmark on all ball buttons is sloppy, suggesting that this highly convex button was difficult to manufacture and assemble. This lot of 36 buttons, all alike, apparently came off of the same jacket, probably three rows of buttons plus buttons on the collar sleeve or tail.


Ball or Bullet" Button, (18mm)
Buttons were used by West Point cadets, officers, and Zouaves, typically in the 1830's. A good many of these old uniforms were employed during the Civil War.. Stand up shank intact, beautiful silvered example Recovered: Virginia Peninsula campaign Ref: Albert SU1, TiceGS200 unlisted.

B2398...Zouave, or West Point "Bullet" Button (18mm).
Buttons were used by West Point cadets, officers, and Zouaves, typically in the 1830's. A good many of these old uniforms were employed during the Civil War.. Stand up shank intact, beautiful silvered example Recovered: Virginia Peninsula campaign Ref: Albert SU1, TiceGS200 unlisted.


Bullet" button, blank back, likely a civilian button, (11mm)
Backmark: blank Rounded back Shank intact Recovered: Steve Baker Shenandoah Valley, VA Ref: Albert SU1, TiceGS200 unlisted.

B0330...Zouave, or "Bullet" button (11mm).
Backmark: blank Rounded back Shank intact Recovered: Steve Baker Shenandoah Valley, VA Ref: Albert SU1, TiceGS200 unlisted

B0331...Zouave, or "Bullet" button (11.5mm).
Backmark: blank Shank intact very small "bullet" button with flat back Recovered: Steve Baker Shenandoah Valley, VA Ref: Albert SU1, TiceGS200 unlisted.

B0334...Zouave, or "Bullet" button (17.6mm).
Backmark: blank Half rounded button, flat back Shank intact Recovered: Steve Baker Shenandoah Valley, VA Ref: Albert SU1, TiceGS200 unlisted.

B0335...Zouave, or "Bullet" button (13.7mm).
Backmark: blank Half rounded button, flat back Shank intact Recovered: Steve Baker Shenandoah Valley, VA Ref: Albert SU1, TiceGS200 unlisted.

B0336...Zouave, or "Bullet" button (13.3mm).
Backmark: blank Rounded face , flat back Shank intact Recovered: Steve Baker Shenandoah Valley, VA Ref: Albert SU1, TiceGS200 unlisted.

B0337...Zouave, or "Bullet" button (12.4mm).
Backmark: blank Rounded face , flat tin back Shank missing Recovered: Steve Baker Shenandoah Valley, VA Ref: Albert SU1, TiceGS200 unlisted.

B3188...Group of Zouave buttons, (bullet buttons) (13mm) This group of 16 Zouave buttons were all found together. Rows of these small buttons on a bright uniform would certainly have been colorful, if not terribly effective! Recovered Battle of Cedar Creek, Va All 16 buttons are from the same jacket.


and now a word from our sponsor.....

Civil War Relicman, Harry Ridgeway,
Civil War buttons, Relicman sales catalog.
Click here, buttons for sale: http://relicman.com/buttons/RelicmanSalesButton1.html.

Sale listings, click: http://relicman.com/buttons/RelicmanSalesButton1.html.