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

Civil War Buttons

by Harry Ridgeway


Extra Quality, generic or trademark backmark, likely manufactured by Waterbury Button Co.
Research Center: Button9901-Backmark-ExtraQualityWaterburyButton

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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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Extra Quality, generic or trademark backmark, likely manufactured by Waterbury Button Co.

ExtraQualityWaterburyButton300, (22mm).
Backmark: "EXTRA / (dot) (star) (dot) QUALITY " rmdc, likely manufactured by Waterbury Button Co ca 1850s, (ExtraQualityWaterburyButton300).
Research Center: Button9901-Backmark-ExtraQualityWaterburyButton300, Reference: Tice, Dating Buttons.

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ExtraQualityWaterburyButton310, (22mm)
Backmark: "EXTRA / (star) QUALITY (star)" rmdc in stippled field, inner rim has the appearance of dots, likely manufacture by Waterbury Button Co., ca 1850's, (ExtraQualityWaterburyButton310).
Research Center: Button9901-Backmark-ExtraQualityWaterburyButton310, Reference: Tice, Dating Buttons.

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ExtraQualityWaterburyButton330, (23mm)
Backmark: "EXTRA / (star) QUALITY (star)" dm between rings of dots, some of the dots are spaced or formed irregularly, this pattern has no periods, no third inner ring, bottom of lettering of "Quality" touches the bottom ring, manufactured by Waterbury Button Co., ca. 1860s, (ExtraQualityWaterburyButton330).
Research Center: Button9901-Backmark-ExtraQualityWaterburyButton330, Reference: Tice, Dating Buttons.

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ExtraQualityWaterburyButton350, (21mm to 23mm)
Backmark: "EXTRA / (star) QUALITY (star)" dm, single inner ring of elongated dots or slashes, this pattern has no periods, manufactured by Waterbury Button Co. ca 1860's, (ExtraQualityWaterburyButton350).
Research Center: Button9901-Backmark-ExtraQualityWaterburyButton350, Reference: Tice, Dating Buttons.

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ExtraQualityWaterburyButton352, (15mm)
Backmark: "EXTRA / (star) QUALITY (star)" dm, single inner ring of elongated dots or slashes, this pattern has no periods, manufactured by Waterbury Button Co ca 1860s, and could be transitional, (ExtraQualityWaterburyButton352).
Research Center: Button9901-Backmark-ExtraQualityWaterburyButton352, Reference: Tice, Dating Buttons.

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ExtraQualityWaterburyButton360, (23mm).
Backmark: "EXTRA / (floral graphic) QUALITY (floral graphic)" dm, between two rings of elongated shaped dots, manufactured by Waterbury Button Co 1860's, (ExtraQualityWaterburyButton360).
Research Center: Button9901-Backmark-ExtraQualityWaterburyButton360, Reference: Tice, Dating Buttons, page 82, (Waterbury Button Co), [Plate B-9, 12].

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ExtraQualityWaterburyButton370, (23mm).
Backmark: "EXTRA / (dot) (star) (dot) QUALITY (dot) (star) (dot)" dm, between two solid rings, (ExtraQualityWaterburyButton370).
Research Center: Button9901-Backmark-ExtraQualityWaterburyButton370, Reference: Tice, Dating Buttons.

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ExtraQualityWaterburyButton380, (22mm).
Backmark: EXTRA / (graphic of bow) QUALITY (graphic of bow)" dm between solid rings, shank well is depressed giving the appearance of a third ring, manufacture estimated 1860s and could be late war or transitional backmark, (ExtraQualityWaterburyButton380).
Research Center: Button9901-Backmark-ExtraQualityWaterburyButton380, Reference: Tice, Dating Buttons.

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ExtraQualityWaterburyButton390, (23mm).
Backmark: "EXTRA / (3 graphics of +) QUALITY (3graphics of +) " dm, inner ring of dots, believed to be Waterbury Button Co, transitional backmark, (ExtraQualityWaterburyButton390).
Research Center: Button9901-Backmark-ExtraQualityWaterburyButton390, Reference: Tice, Dating Buttons, page 82,(Waterbury Button Co).

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ExtraQualityWaterburyButton400, (19mm).
Backmark: "EXTRA / (star) (large star) (star) QUALITY (star) (large star) (star)" dm inner solid ring, button only made in small coat or vest size, (ExtraQualityWaterburyButton400).
Research Center: Button9901-Backmark-ExtraQualityWaterburyButton400, Reference: Tice, Dating Buttons.

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ExtraQualityWaterburyButton410, (16mm to 19mm).
Backmark: "EXTRA / (star) (graphic) (star) QUALITY (star) (graphic) (star)" dm, no rings, manufactured by Waterbury Button Co, ca 1860s and could be transitional or post war, (ExtraQualityWaterburyButton410).
Research Center: Button9901-Backmark-ExtraQualityWaterburyButton410, Reference: Tice, Dating Buttons.

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ExtraQualityWaterburyButton420, (19mm).
Backmark: "EXTRA / (flower) (flower) QUALITY (flower) ", dm, two solid rings, (ExtraQualityWaterburyButton420).
Research Center: Button9901-Backmark-ExtraQualityWaterburyButton420, Reference: Tice, Dating Buttons.

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ExtraQualityWaterburyButton430, (20mm).
Backmark: "EXTRA / (graphic) (star) (graphic) QUALITY (graphic) (star) (graphic)" dm, between rings of dots, ca 1860s and could be transitional, (ExtraQualityWaterburyButton430).
Research Center: Button9901-Backmark-ExtraQualityWaterburyButton430, Reference: Tice, Dating Buttons.

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ExtraQualityWaterburyButton431, (15mm).
Backmark: "EXTRA / (graphic) QUALITY (graphic) " dm, between single rings of dots, ca 1860s, this is the abbreviated cuff version of a similar backmark with double rings, (ExtraQualityWaterburyButton431).
Research Center: Button9901-Backmark-ExtraQualityWaterburyButton431, Reference: Tice, Dating Buttons.

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ExtraQualityWaterburyButton433, (19.7mm).
Backmark: "EXTRA / (star) (star) (star) QUALITY (star) (star) (star)", dm, poorly formed letters on lined or stippled background, (ExtraQualityWaterburyButton433).
Research Center: Button9901-Backmark-ExtraQualityWaterburyButton433, Reference: Tice, Dating Buttons.

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ExtraQualityWaterburyButton440, (14mm).
Backmark: "EXTRA / (dot) (star) (dot) QUALITY (dot) (star) (dot)" dm betweeen solid rings, manufactured by Waterbury Button Co (tentative), ca 1860's, (ExtraQualityWaterburyButton440).
Research Center: Button9901-Backmark-ExtraQualityWaterburyButton440, Reference: Tice, Dating Buttons.

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