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

Civil War Buttons

by Harry Ridgeway


"United States" backmarks were custom backmarks used on 1830s buttons, manufactured for the Federal government.
Research Center: Button9901-Backmark-UnitedStates

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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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"United States" backmarks were custom backmarks used on 1830s buttons, manufactured for the Federal government. The actual manufacture was done by private manufacturers, howeever the designs seemed to have been custom made for the government and were not adaptations of designs otherwise used by the New England makers, so attribution to the domestic makers is tentative.
United States Button Company operated from 1865 to 1875, and was an outgrowth of Steele & Johnson and was later absorbed by Waterbury Button Co. US Button Co produced some buttons during this period using its' name.

Research Center: Button9901-Backmark-UnitedStates100
UnitedStates100, (20mm)
Backmark: "UNITED / (star) (dot) (star) (dot) (star) STATES (star) (dot) (star) (dot) (star) " rm between two rings of dots, one inner solid ring, one part flat back, manufactured ca 1820s and 1830s, (UnitedStates100).
Research Center: Button9901-Backmark-UnitedStates100, Reference: Tice, Dating Buttons.

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Research Center: Button9901-Backmark-UnitedStates200
UnitedStates200, (20mm).
Backmark: "UNITED / (star) (dot) (star) STATES (star) (dot) (star) " rm between two rings of dots, flat back, ca 1820s and 1830s, (UnitedStates200).
Research Center: Button9901-Backmark-UnitedStates200, Reference: Tice, Dating Buttons.

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Research Center: Button9901-Backmark-UnitedStates300
UnitedStates300, (22mm).
Backmark: "U (dot) S / (graphic) (star) ORDNANCE CORPS (graphic) (star)" dm between two rings, inner ring of circles, ca 1830s or 1840s, (UnitedStates300).
Research Center: Button9901-Backmark-UnitedStates300, Reference: Tice, Dating Buttons.

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