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

Civil War Buttons

by Harry Ridgeway


Benedict & Burnham operated 1830's to 1849. Buttons of this period are noted for very high quality and they produced a lot of Civilian buttons. After 1849, buttons were produced by Waterbury Button Co.
Research Center: Button9901-Backmark-Benedict

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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
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Benedict operated under the following names:
Aaron Benedict proprietor 1823 - 1829.
Benedict & Coe 1829 - 1834.
Benedict & Burnham operated 1834 to 1843.
Benedict & Burnham Manufacturing 1843 - 1849.
Buttons of this period are noted for very high quality and they produced a lot of Civilian buttons. After 1849, buttons were produced by Waterbury Button Co.


Benedict100 series, Aaron Benedict


Benedict200 series Benedict & Coe.


Benedict300, (21.5mm)
Backmark: "BENEDICT & BURNHAM / (graphic) (dot) (graphic) WATERBURY (graphic) (dot) (graphic) / EXTRA / (dot) (graphic) (dot) SUPERFINE (dot) (graphic) (dot) " dm middle solid ring, ca 1834 - 1843, (Benedict300).
Research Center: Button9901-Backmark-Benedict300, Reference: Tice, Dating Buttons, page 80, [Plate B-8, 3].

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Benedict310, (13mm)
Backmark: "B & B / (star) EXTRA (star) " dm inner solid ring, two outer rings, Benedict anfd Burnham, ca 1834 - 1843, small size button only, (Benedict310).
Research Center: Button9901-Backmark-Benedict310, Reference: Tice, Dating Buttons, page 80.

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Benedict350, (22mm)
Backmark: "BENEDICT / (diamond) & BURNHAM (diamond) " dm between outer ring of stars, middle solid ring, inner solid ring on flat back ca 1834 - 1843, (Benedict350).
Research Center: Button9901-Backmark-Benedict350, Reference: Tice, Dating Buttons, page 80, [Plate B-8, 2].

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Benedict370, (22mm)
Backmark: "BENEDICT & BURNHAM " dm on a ribbon with an eagle, ca 1830's or 1840's, (Benedict370).
Research Center: Button9901-Backmark-Benedict370, Reference: Tice, Dating Buttons, page 80.

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Benedict400.
Backmark: B&B Mg Co Waterbury
Research Center: Button9901-Backmark-Benedict370, Reference: Tice, Dating Buttons, page 80, [Plate B-8, 4].
Examples needed.


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