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

Civil War Buttons

by Harry Ridgeway


Fine Gilt, generic or trademark backmark, likely manufacture by Steele & Johnson.
Research Center: Button9901-Backmark-FineGilt

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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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Fine Gilt, generic or trademark backmark, likely manufacture by Steele & Johnson.



FineGilt100, (20mm)
Backmark: "FINE / (dot) (star) (dot) GILT (dot) (star) (dot)", rmdc, likely manufacture by Steele & Johnson, ca. 1850's, (FineGilt100).
Research Center: Button9901-Backmark-FineGilt100, Reference: Tice, Dating Buttons.
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B3380...Georgia school button, Georgia Military Institute "GMI", "FINE / (dot) (star) (dot) GILT (dot) (star) (dot)", rmdc, (20.3mm). Button depicts state seal of Georgia, "GMI / CADET / 1851", Georgia Military Institute "GMI" was located in Marietta Georgia, formed in 1851, burned in 1864, and the cadets saw considerable action in the 1864 Atlanta campaign. Backmark: "FINE / (dot) (star) (dot) GILT (dot) (star) (dot)", rmdc, likely manufacture by Steele & Johnson, ca. 1850's, (Fine Gilt 100). Two part low convex button, cadet coat size.
Button 3020 Georgia, Georgia Military Institute, Fine Gilt 100. Reference: Albert SU128, Tice GAS287.

Dug button. Recovered: Ken Holcomb, Lafayette GA.



FineGilt110, (15mm)
Backmark: "FINE / (dot) (star) (dot) GILT (dot) (star) (dot)", rmdc, likely manufacture by Steele & Johnson, ca. 1850's, (Fine Gilt 110).
Research Center: Button9901-Backmark-FineGilt110, Reference: Tice, Dating Buttons.
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B1882....Georgia school button, Georgia Military Institute "GMI", "FINE / (dot) (star) (dot) GILT (dot) (star) (dot)", rmdc, (15mm). This is an early design and probably was originally intended to be a coat button. Backmark: "FINE / (dot) (star) (dot) GILT (dot) (star) (dot)", rmdc, likely manufacture by Steele & Johnson, ca. 1850's, (Fine Gilt 110).
Button 3020 Georgia, Georgia Military Institute, Fine Gilt 110. Reference: Albert SU130, TiceGAS296.

Dug button. Recovered: GMI site in Marietta Ga


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