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-SuperiorQualitySteeleJohnson
Superior Quality is a generic or trade mark backmark, this one is believed to have been by Steele & Johnson.

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Superior Quality is a generic or trade mark backmark, this one is believed to have been by Steele & Johnson.


Research Center: Button9901-Backmark-SuperiorQualitySteeleJohnson200
SuperiorQualitySteeleJohnson200, (three part officer button, coat size, 22mm).
Backmark: "SUPERIOR / (star) QUALITY (star)" rmdc on stippled field, very sloppy stamping, Steele & Johnson ca 1850's, (SuperiorQualitySteeleJohnson200).
Research Center: Button9901-Backmark-SuperiorQualitySteeleJohnson200, Reference: Tice, Dating Buttons, page 87, (Steele & Johnson), [Plate B-10, 20].

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Research Center: Button9901-Backmark-SuperiorQualitySteeleJohnson210
SuperiorQualitySteeleJohnson210, (three part officer button, coat size, 23mm).
Backmark: "SUPERIOR / (star) (star) (star) QUALITY(star) (star) (star)" rmdc, likely manufactured by Steele & Johnson, 1850's, (SuperiorQualitySteeleJohnson210).
Research Center: Button9901-Backmark-SuperiorQualitySteeleJohnson210, Reference: Tice, Dating Buttons, page 87, (Steele & Johnson), [Plate B-11, 1].

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Research Center: Button9901-Backmark-SuperiorQualitySteeleJohnson220
SuperiorQualitySteeleJohnson220, (two part button, coat size, 21mm).
Backmark: "SUPERIOR / (star) QUALITY (star)" rmdc, stippled channel, likely Steele & Johnson ca 1860, (SuperiorQualitySteeleJohnson220).
Research Center: Button9901-Backmark-SuperiorQualitySteeleJohnson220, Reference: Tice, Dating Buttons.

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Research Center: Button9901-Backmark-SuperiorQualitySteeleJohnson221
SuperiorQualitySteeleJohnson221, (two part button, hat or sleeve size, 16mm).
Backmark: "SUPERIOR / QUALITY" rmdc, stippled channel, small size only, (SuperiorQualitySteeleJohnson221).
Research Center: Button9901-Backmark-SuperiorQualitySteeleJohnson221, Reference: Tice, Dating Buttons.

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Research Center: Button9901-Backmark-SuperiorQualitySteeleJohnson222
SuperiorQualitySteeleJohnson222, (three part officer button, hat or sleeve size, 15mm).
Backmark: "SUPERIOR / (star) QUALITY (star)" rmdc, sloppy stamping, made in small size only, likely Steele & Johnson ca 1860, (SuperiorQualitySteeleJohnson222).
Research Center: Button9901-Backmark-SuperiorQualitySteeleJohnson222, Reference: Tice, Dating Buttons.

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Research Center: Button9901-Backmark-SuperiorQualitySteeleJohnson240
SuperiorQualitySteeleJohnson240, (three part officer button, coat size, 23mm).
Backmark: "SUPERIOR / (star) QUALITY (star)" dm between two rings of dots, sloppy stamping, Steele & Johnson ca 1860, (SuperiorQualitySteeleJohnson240). Note, this backmark used on staff coat size and two part large coat size buttons appears to be identical. Also, the tail of the Q does not touch the rim, which is characteristic of Steele & Johnson Extra Quality backmarks.
Research Center: Button9901-Backmark-SuperiorQualitySteeleJohnson240, Reference: Tice, Dating Buttons, page 87, (Steele & Johnson), [B-11, 2].

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Research Center: Button9901-Backmark-SuperiorQualitySteeleJohnson241
SuperiorQualitySteeleJohnson241, (three part officer button, hat or sleeve size, 15mm).
Backmark: "SUPERIOR / (star) QUALITY (star)" dm, inner ring of dots, sloppy stamping, only made for small buttons, Steele & Johnson ca 1860, (SuperiorQualitySteeleJohnson241). Note, this backmark used on staff small size and two part small size buttons appears to be identical. Also, the tail of the Q does not touch the rim, which is characteristic of Steele & Johnson Extra Quality backmarks.
Research Center: Button9901-Backmark-SuperiorQualitySteeleJohnson241, Reference: Tice, Dating Buttons, page 87, (Steele & Johnson), [Plate B-11, 3].

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Research Center: Button9901-Backmark-SuperiorQualitySteeleJohnson250
SuperiorQualitySteeleJohnson250, (two part button, large coat size, 22mm to 23mm).
Backmark: "SUPERIOR / (star) QUALITY (star)" dm between two rings of dots, sloppy stamping, Steele & Johnson ca 1860, (SuperiorQualitySteeleJohnson250). Note, this backmark used on staff coat size and two part large coat size buttons appears to be identical. Also, the tail of the Q does not touch the rim, which is characteristic of Steele & Johnson Extra Quality backmarks.
Research Center: Button9901-Backmark-SuperiorQualitySteeleJohnson250, Reference: Tice, Dating Buttons, page 87, (Steele & Johnson), [B-11, 2].
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Research Center: Button9901-Backmark-SuperiorQualitySteeleJohnson251
SuperiorQualitySteeleJohnson251, (two part officer button, hat or sleeve size, 14mm to 16mm).
Backmark: "SUPERIOR / (star) QUALITY (star)" dm, inner ring of dots, sloppy stamping, only made for small buttons, Steele & Johnson ca 1860, (SuperiorQualitySteeleJohnson251). Note, this backmark used on staff small size and two part small size buttons appears to be identical. Also, the tail of the Q does not touch the rim, which is characteristic of Steele & Johnson Extra Quality backmarks.
Research Center: Button9901-Backmark-SuperiorQualitySteeleJohnson251, Reference: Tice, Dating Buttons, page 87, (Steele & Johnson), [Plate B-11, 3].

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Research Center: Button9901-Backmark-SuperiorQualitySteeleJohnson300
SuperiorQualitySteeleJohnson300, (two part button, coat size, 22mm).
Backmark: "SUPERIOR / (star) QUALITY (star)" dm between two rings of dots, the letters are plain without serifs, manufactured 1880's or later, (SuperiorQualitySteeleJohnson300).
Research Center: Button9901-Backmark-SuperiorQualitySteeleJohnson300, Reference: Tice, Dating Buttons.

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Research Center: Button9901-Backmark-SuperiorQualitySteeleJohnson310
SuperiorQualitySteeleJohnson310, (two part button, hat or sleee size, 16mm).
Backmark: "SUPERIOR / (floral) QUALITY (floral)" dm two inner rings of dots, the letters are plain without serifs, manufactured 1880's or later, (SuperiorQualitySteeleJohnson310).
, Reference: Tice, Dating Buttons.

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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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