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

Civil War Buttons

by Harry Ridgeway

Research Center: Button9901-Backmark-SteeleJohnson
Steele & Johnson Manufacturing Co operated in the 1850s followed by Steele & Johnson Button Co from thelate 1850s to 1875. This maker was very active, but most buttons producedby them bore the names of the outfitters or nondescript quality denoted backmarks.

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Steele & Johnson Manufacturing Co operated in the 1850s followed by Steele & Johnson Button Co from thelate 1850s to 1875. This maker was very active, but most buttons producedby them bore the names of the outfitters or nondescript quality denoted backmarks.


Research Center: Button9901-Backmark-SteeleJohnson100
SteeleJohnson100, (three part officer button, coat size, 23mm).
Backmark: "STEELE & JOHNSON / (dot)" rmdc on lined channel, ca 1850's, (SteeleJohnson100).
Research Center: Button9901-Backmark-SteeleJohnson100, Reference: Tice, Dating Buttons, page 86, [Plate B-10, 1].

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Research Center: Button9901-Backmark-SteeleJohnson110
SteeleJohnson110, (three part officer button, coat size, 23mm).
Backmark: "STEELE / (dot) (&) (dot) " JOHNSON (star) (dot)" rmdc on stippled channel, sloppy stamping, ca 1850's, (SteeleJohnson110).
Research Center: Button9901-Backmark-SteeleJohnson110, Reference: Tice, Dating Buttons, page 86, [Plate B-10, 2].

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Research Center: Button9901-Backmark-SteeleJohnson120
SteeleJohnson120, (three part officer button, coat size, 23mm).
Backmark:"STEELE & JOHNSON/ (star) (star) (star)" rmdc on stippled channel, sloppy stamping, ca 1850's, (SteeleJohnson120).
Research Center: Button9901-Backmark-SteeleJohnson120, Reference: Tice, Dating Buttons, page 86, [Plate B-10, 6].

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Research Center: Button9901-Backmark-SteeleJohnson130
SteeleJohnson130, (??mm).
Backmark:"STEELE & JOHNSON/ (dot) (star) dot)" rmdc on stippled channel,sloppy stamping, attributed toSteele & Johnson Manufacturing Co. 1850s, (SteeleJohnson130).
Research Center: Button9901-Backmark-SteeleJohnson130, Reference: Tice, Dating Buttons, page 86, [Plate B-10, 7].
Examples needed.

Research Center: Button9901-Backmark-SteeleJohnson140
SteeleJohnson140, (two part button, coat size, 21mm)
Backmark: "STEELE / & JOHNSON (star)" rmdc on stippled field, ca 1850's, (SteeleJohnson140).
Research Center: Button9901-Backmark-SteeleJohnson140, Reference: Tice, Dating Buttons,page 86.

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Research Center: Button9901-Backmark-SteeleJohnson150
SteeleJohnson150, (three part officer button, hat or sleeve size, 15mm).
Backmark: "STEELE & JOHNSON / (dot)" rmdc on mottled channel, sloppy stamping, ca 1850s, only used in hat or sleeve size, (SteeleJohnson150).
Research Center: Button9901-Backmark-SteeleJohnson150, Reference: Tice, Dating Buttons, page 86, [Plate B-10, 3].

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Research Center: Button9901-Backmark-SteeleJohnson160
SteeleJohnson160, (??mm).
Backmark:"STEELE & JOHNSON/ (star) 1861 (star) " rmdc on stippled channel,sloppy stamping, attributed to Steele & Johnson Manufacturing Co. 1850s, (SteeleJohnson130).
Research Center: Button9901-Backmark-SteeleJohnson160, Reference: Tice, Dating Buttons, page 86, [Plate B-10, 10].
Examples needed.
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Research Center: Button9901-Backmark-SteeleJohnson200
SteeleJohnson200, (three part oficer button, coat size, 22mm to 23mm).
Backmark: "STEELE. / & JOHNSON. & " dm between two rings, ca 1850's to 1860's, (SteeleJohnson200). Note, this backmark is identical on staff coat size, and two part large coat size, use on coat size is similar with difference in spacing only.
Research Center: Button9901-Backmark-SteeleJohnson200, Reference: Tice, Dating Buttons, page 86, [Plate B-10, 8].

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Research Center: Button9901-Backmark-SteeleJohnson201
SteeleJohnson201, (two part button, large coat size, 22mm to 23mm).
Backmark: "STEELE. / & JOHNSON. & " dm between two rings, ca 1850's to 1860's, (SteeleJohnson201). Note, this backmark is identical on staff coat size, and two part large coat size, use on coat size is similar with difference in spacing only.
Research Center: Button9901-Backmark-SteeleJohnson201, Reference: Tice, Dating Buttons, page 86, [Plate B-10, 8].

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Research Center: Button9901-Backmark-SteeleJohnson202
SteeleJohnson202, (two part button, coat size, 21mm).
Backmark: "STEELE. / & JOHNSON. & " dm between two rings, ca 1850's to 1860's, (SteeleJohnson202). Note, this backmark is identical on staff coat size, and two part large coat size, use on coat size is similar with difference in spacing only.
Research Center: Button9901-Backmark-SteeleJohnson202, Reference: Tice, Dating Buttons, page 86, [Plate B-10, 8].

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Research Center: Button9901-Backmark-SteeleJohnson210
SteeleJohnson210, (three part officer button, coat size, 22mm).
Backmark: "STEELE / (star) & (star) JOHNSON (star) & (star)" dm between two rings of dots, ca 1850s to 1860s, (SteeleJohnson210).
Research Center: Button9901-Backmark-SteeleJohnson210, Reference: Tice, Dating Buttons, page 86, [Plate B-10, 11].

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Research Center: Button9901-Backmark-SteeleJohnson220
SteeleJohnson220, (two part button, hat or sleeve size, 14mm).
Backmark: "STEELE & JOHNSON / (dot) " dm, inner ring, ca 1860s, only used in small size, (SteeleJohnson200).
Research Center: Button9901-Backmark-SteeleJohnson220, Reference: Tice, Dating Buttons, page 86, [Plate B-10, 9].

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Research Center: Button9901-Backmark-SteeleJohnson230
SteeleJohnson230, (??mm).
Backmark:"S & J (dot) (dot) WATERBURY / (dot) " dm between two siolid rings, Steele & Johnson Manufacturing Co. 1860s, (SteeleJohnson230).
Research Center: Button9901-Backmark-SteeleJohnson230, Reference: Tice, Dating Buttons, page 86, [Plate B-10, 13].
Examples needed.

Research Center: Button9901-Backmark-SteeleJohnson240
SteeleJohnson240, (two part button, large coat size, 22mm).
Backmark: "STEELE & JOHNSON / : " dm, between two solid rings, ca 1860, (SteeleJohnson240).
Research Center: Button9901-Backmark-SteeleJohnson240, Reference: Tice, Dating Buttons, page 86.

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Research Center: Button9901-Backmark-SteeleJohnson250
SteeleJohnson250, (two part button, coat size, 21mm).
Backmark: "STEELE (dot) & (dot) JOHNSON/ (dot) " dm inner ring of dots, outer solid ring, ca 1860s, (SteeleJohnson250).
Research Center: Button9901-Backmark-SteeleJohnson250, Reference: Tice, Dating Buttons, page 86, [Plate B-10, 14].

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Research Center: Button9901-Backmark-SteeleJohnson251
SteeleJohnson251, (two part button, hat or sleeve size, 14mm).
Backmark: "STEELE & JOHNSON/ (dot) " dm inner solid ring, no outer ring, ca 1860s, (SteeleJohnson251).
Research Center: Button9901-Backmark-SteeleJohnson251, Reference: Tice, Dating Buttons, page 86.

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Research Center: Button9901-Backmark-SteeleJohnson260
SteeleJohnson260, (two part button, coat size, 20mm).
Backmark: "STEELE & JOHNSON / (dot) " dm between solid rings, (SteeleJohnson260).
Research Center: Button9901-Backmark-SteeleJohnson260, Reference: Tice, Dating Buttons, page 86.

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Research Center: Button9901-Backmark-SteeleJohnson300
SteeleJohnson300, (two part button, hat or sleeve size, 15mm).
Backmark: "STEELE & JOHNSON / (star) " dm no rings, depressed area for shank, small size only, manufactured after the Civil War, (SteeleJohnson300).
Research Center: Button9901-Backmark-SteeleJohnson300, Reference: Tice, Dating Buttons, page 86.

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Research Center: Button9901-Backmark-SteeleJohnson310
SteeleJohnson310, (three part officer button, coat size, 23mm).
Backmark: "STEELE & JOHNSON / (WATERBURY CT) " dm between rings, lettering is plain without serifs, manufactured after the Civil War, (SteeleJohnson310).
Research Center: Button9901-Backmark-SteeleJohnson310, Reference: Tice, Dating Buttons, page 86, [Plate B-10, 12].

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Research Center: Button9901-Backmark-SteeleJohnson400
SteeleJohnson400, (two part button, large coat size, 22mm).
Backmark: "S. &. J. / (graphic) (star) (graphic) LONDON (graphic) (star) (graphic)" dm between outer ring of large dots, inner ring of slashes, likely manufactured after the Civil War, (SteeleJohnson400).
Research Center: Button9901-Backmark-SteeleJohnson400, Reference: Tice, Dating Buttons, page 86.

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Research Center: Button9901-Backmark-SteeleJohnson410
SteeleJohnson410, (two part button, large coat size, 22mm).
Backmark: "S. J. & CO. / (dot) (dot) (dot) LONDON (dot) (dot) (dot) " dm between two rings of dots, likely manufactured after the Civil War, (SteeleJohnson410).
Research Center: Button9901-Backmark-SteeleJohnson410, Reference: Tice, Dating Buttons, page 86.

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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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