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

Civil War Buttons

by Harry Ridgeway


William G Mintzer, Philadelphia, sold buttons to both north and south before the war and continued after the war until approximately 1869. Some of the buttons bear the date "1861".
Research Center: Button9901-Backmark-MintzerWG

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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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William G Mintzer, Philadelphia, sold buttons to both north and south before the war and continued after the war until approximately 1869. Some of the buttons bear the date "1861" thought to be a cover for buttons made for the smuggle trade. Steele & Johnson are believed to have been the actual producer.


Research Center: Button9901-Backmark-MintzerWG100
MintzerWG100, (23mm)
Backmark: "W. G. MINTZER / PHILA (two dots under A. (star)" rmdc, channel is wide and includes the shank well, Steele & Johnson manufactured 1850's for Mintzer, (MintzerWG100).
Research Center: Button9901-Backmark-MintzerWG100, Reference: Tice, Dating Buttons, page 136, [Plate B-14, 18].

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Research Center: Button9901-Backmark-MintzerWG105
MintzerWG105, (22mm)
Backmark: "W. G. MINTZER. / (dot) (star) (dot) PHILDA. (dot) (star) (dot) " rmdc, manufactured 1850's for Mintzer, (MintzerWG105).
Research Center: Button9901-Backmark-MintzerWG105, Reference: Tice, Dating Buttons, page 136.

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Research Center: Button9901-Backmark-MintzerWG110
MintzerWG110, (22.2mm)
Backmark: "W. G. MINTZER / (dot) PHILD.. (star)" rmdc in stippled field, probably Steele & Johnson ca 1860-1865, (MintzerWG110).
Research Center: Button9901-Backmark-MintzerWG110, Reference: Tice, Dating Buttons, page 136, [Plate B-14, 20].

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Research Center: Button9901-Backmark-MintzerWG120
MintzerWG120, (23mm)
Backmark: "W. G. MINTZER / (star) PHILA 1861 (dot)" rmdc on stippled field, may have been "back dated" to disguise sensitivity of supply from a northern producer to southern users, actual producer is probably Steele & Johnson, (MintzerWG120).
Research Center: Button9901-Backmark-MintzerWG120, Reference: Tice, Dating Buttons, page 136.

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Research Center: Button9901-Backmark-MintzerWG130
MintzerWG130, (22mm)
Backmark: "W. G. MINTZER. / (star) PHILD (two dots under D). (star)", dm between two rings of dots, manufactrured by Steele & Johnson ca 1860 for Mintzer, (MintzerWG130).
Research Center: Button9901-Backmark-MintzerWG130, Reference: Tice, Dating Buttons, page 136, [Plate B-14, 19].

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Research Center: Button9901-Backmark-MintzerWG131
MintzerWG131, (23mm)
Backmark: "W. G. MINTZER. / (star) PHILD. (star)", dm between two rings of dots, probably Steele & Johnson ca 1860-1865, (MintzerWG131).
Research Center: Button9901-Backmark-MintzerWG131, Reference: Tice, Dating Buttons, page 136, [Plate B-14, 19].

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Research Center: Button9901-Backmark-MintzerWG140
MintzerWG140, (22.5mm)
Backmark: "W. G. MINTZER. / (slashes) PHILD... (slashes)", dm between two rings of dots, probably Steele & Johnson ca 1860-1865, (MintzerWG140).
Research Center: Button9901-Backmark-MintzerWG140, Reference: Tice, Dating Buttons, page 136.

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Research Center: Button9901-Backmark-MintzerWG150
MintzerWG150, (15mm to 16mm)
Backmark: "W. G. MINTZER / (dot) PHILD. " dm, only made in small size, probably made by Steele & Johnson ca 1860, (MintzerWG150).
Research Center: Button9901-Backmark-MintzerWG150, Reference: Tice, Dating Buttons, page 136.

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Research Center: Button9901-Backmark-MintzerWG160
MintzerWG160, (23mm)
Backmark: "W. G. MINTZER. / PHILD.. " dm, inner ring of dots, outer solid ring, Steele & Johnson ca 1860, (MintzerWG160).
Research Center: Button9901-Backmark-MintzerWG160, Reference: Tice, Dating Buttons, page 136.

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Research Center: Button9901-Backmark-MintzerWG161
MintzerWG161, (20mm)
Backmark: "W. G. MINTZER. / PHILD.. " dm, inner ring of dots, outer solid ring, Steele & Johnson ca 1860, (MintzerWG161).
Research Center: Button9901-Backmark-MintzerWG161, Reference: Tice, Dating Buttons, page 136.

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