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

Civil War Buttons

by Harry Ridgeway

Gilt, generic or trademark backmark denoting quality, producer is not determined.
Research Center: Button9901-Backmark-Gilt

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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

Gilt, generic or trademark backmark denoting quality, producer is not determined.

Gilt100, (22mm)
Backmark: "GILT / (star) (star) (star) (star) (star) (star)" rm ca 1810 to 1820's, possibly made by Armitage, (Gilt100).
Research Center: Button9901-Backmark-Gilt100, Reference: Tice, Dating Buttons.
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B2480...Button 3001 Georgia, Gilt 100
Georgia button, state seal from colonial period, snake with "Don't tread on me", Chatham Artillery, Savannah, "GILT / (star) (star) (star) (star) (star) (star)" rm, (21.6mm). Button depicts a coiled snake with motto "Don't tread on me", this is the earliest Georgia state seal dating from the colonial period to about 1830. This pattern is attributed to Chatham Artillery, although it could have been used by other Georgia units of the period. Chatham Artillery was an elite artillery unit, dating from the American Revolution, and they participated in the defense of Fort Pulaski during the Civil War. Backmark: "GILT / (star) (star) (star) (star) (star) (star)" rm ca 1810 to 1820's, possibly made by Armitage, (Gilt 100). One part flat button, coat size.
Button 3001 Georgia, Gilt 100. Reference: Albert NA1, Tice GA110A1.

Dug button. Recovered Savannah, Georgia.

Gilt200, (16mm)
Backmark: "GILT / (8 stars with alternating dots) " rm between two rings, English manufacture ca 1830's, (Gilt200).
Research Center: Button9901-Backmark-Gilt200, Reference: Tice, Dating Buttons.
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B5609 Federal Navy button, eagle facing left over upright anchor, one part flat, Gilt with stars, (16mm)

Ref: Albert NA81Bv (as corrected).

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