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

Civil War Buttons

by Harry Ridgeway

Charles Jennens was a button maker operating in London England in the 19th century. Most buttons produced by this maker were non military.
Research Center: Button9901-Backmark-Jennens

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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

Charles Jennens was a button maker operating in London England in the 19th century. Most buttons produced by this maker were non military.

Jennens100, (26mm)
Backmark: "CHARLES JENNENS / (dot) LONDON (dot)." rm between two solid raised rings, one piece button, 19th century., (Jennens100).
Research Center: Button9901-Backmark-Jennens100, Reference: Tice, Dating Buttons, page 176.
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B6454 Civilian "livery" button, palmetto tree with snake, one part button, Charles Jennens London, (26mm)

The English aristocracy often provided "uniforms" to service employees, the "butler" and "livery" people in charge of the transportation system. Buttons provided will often bear animals, or scenes from the natural environment, and are usually quite large in size. This button is one part and depicts the palmetto tree with a snake, and is very high quality artistic design and manufacture construction. This could have been commissioned for somebody important in South Carolina, such as a governor or other wealthy plantation owner, it also could have inspired the "Palmetto Guard" buttons which depict a similar figure. This button is thought to be civilian, although the similarity with South Carolina patriotic symbolism is striking. Collection of Chris Todd.

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