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-WaterburyButtonCo
Waterbury Button Co. began producing buttons under its own name in 1849 and is the only Civil War button producer operating today. WBC did not produce any buttons for any of the southern states before the war or for the Confederacy, but they did produce large quantities for the north.

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Waterbury Button Co began producing buttons under its own name in 1849 and is the only Civil War button producer operating today. WBC did not produce any buttons for any of the southern states before the war or for the Confederacy, but they did produce large quantities for the north.


Research Center: Button9901-Backmark-WaterburyButtonCo100
WaterburyButtonCo100, (two part button, large coat size, 23mm).
Backmark: " W. B. Co. / (dot) (star) (dot) WATERBURY (dot) (star) (dot) " rmdc, Waterbury Button Company, ca 1850s, (WaterburyButtonCo100).
Research Center: Button9901-Backmark-WaterburyButtonCo100, Reference: Tice, Dating Buttons, page 82, [Plate B-9, 1].

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Research Center: Button9901-Backmark-WaterburyButtonCo110
WaterburyButtonCo110, (??mm).
Backmark: " W. B. Co. / (dot) WATERBURY (dot)" rmdc, Waterbury Button Company, ca 1850s, (WaterburyButtonCo110).
Research Center: Button9901-Backmark-WaterburyButtonCo110, Reference: Tice, Dating Buttons, page 82, [Plate B-9, 2].
Examples needed.

Research Center: Button9901-Backmark-WaterburyButtonCo120
WaterburyButtonCo120, (two part button, coat size, 20mm).
Backmark: "WATERBURY BUTTON CO (star)(star) " dmdc mottled channel, Waterbury Button Company, ca 1850s TO 1865, (WaterburyButtonCo120).
Research Center: Button9901-Backmark-WaterburyButtonCo120, Reference: Tice, Dating Buttons, page 82, [Plate B-9, 5].

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Research Center: Button9901-Backmark-WaterburyButtonCo130
WaterburyButtonCo130, (two part button, coat size, 20mm).
Backmark: "WATERBURY BUTTON CO / (star) " rmdc on stippled background, ca 1850's, (WaterburyButtonCo130).
Research Center: Button9901-Backmark-WaterburyButtonCo130, Reference: Tice, Dating Buttons, page 82.

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Research Center: Button9901-Backmark-WaterburyButtonCo140
WaterburyButtonCo140, (two part button, coat size, 20mm).
Backmark: "WATERBURY BUTTON CO / (star) " rmdc on stippled background, letters are small, ca 1850's, (WaterburyButtonCo140).
Research Center: Button9901-Backmark-WaterburyButtonCo140, Reference: Tice, Dating Buttons, page 82.

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Research Center: Button9901-Backmark-WaterburyButtonCo200
WaterburyButtonCo200, (three part officer button, coat size, 22mm).
Backmark: "WATERBURY BUTTON CO. / (star) EXTRA. (star)" dm inner solid ring, mark crowds the rim, ca 1850s, (WaterburyButtonCo200).
Research Center: Button9901-Backmark-WaterburyButtonCo200, Reference: Tice, Dating Buttons, page 82, [Plate B-9, 3].

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Research Center: Button9901-Backmark-WaterburyButtonCo201
WaterburyButtonCo201, (three part officer button, hat or sleeve size, 15mm).
Backmark:"W. BUTTON. CO. / (star) EXTRA. (star)" dm inner solid ring, mark crowds the rim, ca 1850s, small size, (WaterburyButtonCo201).
Research Center: Button9901-Backmark-WaterburyButtonCo201, Reference: Tice, Dating Buttons, page 82.

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Research Center: Button9901-Backmark-WaterburyButtonCo210
WaterburyButtonCo210, (three part officer button, coat size, 23mm).
Backmark: "WATERBURY BUTTON CO. / (star) EXTRA (star)" dm between two rings of dots, backmark is transitional, manufacture 1860's and continued after the Civil War, (WaterburyButtonCo210).
Research Center: Button9901-Backmark-WaterburyButtonCo210, Reference: Tice, Dating Buttons, page 82, [Plate B-9, 4].

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Research Center: Button9901-Backmark-WaterburyButtonCo215
WaterburyButtonCo215, (three part officer button, coat size, 22mm).
Backmark: "WATERBURY BUTTON CO. / (star) EXTRA (star)" dm inner ring only, backmark is transitional, manufacture 1860's and continued after the Civil War, (WaterburyButtonCo215).
Research Center: Button9901-Backmark-WaterburyButtonCo215, Reference: Tice, Dating Buttons, page 82.

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Research Center: Button9901-Backmark-WaterburyButtonCo220
WaterburyButtonCo220, (two part button, large coat size, 22mm to 23mm).
Backmark: "WATERBURY BUTTON CO. / (star) EXTRA (star)" dm, inner rope ring, manufactured 1865 and later, (WaterburyButtonCo220).
Research Center: Button9901-Backmark-WaterburyButtonCo220, Reference: Tice, Dating Buttons, page 82, [Plate B-9, 8].

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Research Center: Button9901-Backmark-WaterburyButtonCo221
WaterburyButtonCo221, (two part button, coat size, 20mm to 21mm).
Backmark: "WATERBURY BUTTON CO. / (star) EXTRA (star)" dm, inner rope ring, manufactured 1865 and later, (WaterburyButtonCo220).
Research Center: Button9901-Backmark-WaterburyButtonCo221, Reference: Tice, Dating Buttons, page 82, [Plate B-9, 8].

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Research Center: Button9901-Backmark-WaterburyButtonCo230
WaterburyButtonCo230, (two part button, hat or sleeve size, 16mm).
Backmark: "WATERBURY BUTTON CO. / (star) " dm, only made in small size, ca.1860, (WaterburyButtonCo230).
Research Center: Button9901-Backmark-WaterburyButtonCo230, Reference: Tice, Dating Buttons, page 82.

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Research Center: Button9901-Backmark-WaterburyButtonCo240
WaterburyButtonCo240, (??mm).
Backmark: "WATERBURY BUTTON CO. / (star) (star) (star) " dm, inner rope ring, transition backmark,1860s to post war, (WaterburyButtonCo240).
Research Center: Button9901-Backmark-WaterburyButtonCo240, Reference: Tice, Dating Buttons, page 82, [Plate B-9, 9].
Examples needed.

Research Center: Button9901-Backmark-WaterburyButtonCo241
WaterburyButtonCo241, (two part button, hat or sleeve size, 16mm).
Backmark: "WATERBURY BUTTON CO. / (star)" dm, inner ring of slashes, twisted rope-like, used on small size buttons, manufactured 1865 and later, (WaterburyButtonCo241).
Research Center: Button9901-Backmark-WaterburyButtonCo241, Reference: Tice, Dating Buttons, page 82.

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Research Center: Button9901-Backmark-WaterburyButtonCo250
WaterburyButtonCo250, (three part officer button, coat size, 23mm).
Backmark: "WATERBURY BUTTON CO. / (star) " dm, large letters, between two rings of dots, 1880's manufacture, (WaterburyButtonCo250).
Research Center: Button9901-Backmark-WaterburyButtonCo250, Reference: Tice, Dating Buttons, page 82, [Plate B-9, 14].

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Research Center: Button9901-Backmark-WaterburyButtonCo251
WaterburyButtonCo251, (two part button, hat or sleeve size, 16mm).
Backmark: "WATERBURY BUTTON CO. / (star) " dm, single inner rings of dots, manufacture after the Civil War, this is abbreviated small size version of similar backmark with two rings used on large size buttons, (WaterburyButtonCo251).
Research Center: Button9901-Backmark-WaterburyButtonCo251, Reference: Tice, Dating Buttons, page 82.

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Research Center: Button9901-Backmark-WaterburyButtonCo260
WaterburyButtonCo260, (two part button, large coat size, 23mm).
Backmark: "WATERBURY BUTTON CO / (dot) / WATERBURY CT (dot) " dm, two rings, 1870's to 1890's, (WaterburyButtonCo260).
Research Center: Button9901-Backmark-WaterburyButtonCo260, Reference: Tice, Dating Buttons, page 82, [Plate B-9, 10]. Manufactured after the Civil War.

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Research Center: Button9901-Backmark-WaterburyButtonCo270
WaterburyButtonCo270, (two part button, large coat size, 23mm).
Backmark: "WATERBURY BUTTON CO. / (star) (star) / WATERBURY / (graphic) CONN (graphic) " dm, two middle rings, one is solid and other is twisted rope-like slashes, bottom inner ring of dots is faint and often obscured by shank brazing, ca 1860's and is transitional, (WaterburyButtonCo270).
Research Center: Button9901-Backmark-WaterburyButtonCo270, Reference: Tice, Dating Buttons, page 82, [Plate B-9, 6].

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Research Center: Button9901-Backmark-WaterburyButtonCo280
WaterburyButtonCo280, (three part officer button, coat size, 23mm).
Backmark: "WATERBURY BUTTON CO. / (star) WATERBURY CON (star)" dmbetween one outer and two inner rings of dots, ca 1870s, (WaterburyButtonCo280).
Research Center: Button9901-Backmark-WaterburyButtonCo280, Reference: Tice, Dating Buttons, page 82, [Plate B-9, 11].

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Research Center: Button9901-Backmark-WaterburyButtonCo290
WaterburyButtonCo290, (three part officer button, coat size, 22mm).
Backmark: "WATERBURY BUTTON CO. / (dot) WATERBURY CON (dot)" dmbetween two rings of dots, manufactured after the Civil War, (WaterburyButtonCo290).
Research Center: Button9901-Backmark-WaterburyButtonCo290, Reference: Tice, Dating Buttons, page 82, [Plate B-9, 16].

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Research Center: Button9901-Backmark-WaterburyButtonCo300
WaterburyButtonCo300, (two part button, large coat size, 23mm).
Backmark: "WATERBURY BUTTON CO. / WATERBURY CON. " dm, between two rings of dots, additional border encircles "WATERBURY CON.", manufacture after the Civil War. (WaterburyButtonCo300).
Research Center: Button9901-Backmark-WaterburyButtonCo300, Reference: Tice, Dating Buttons, page 82, [Plate B-9, 7].

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Research Center: Button9901-Backmark-WaterburyButtonCo310
WaterburyButtonCo310, (two part button, coat size, 21mm).
Backmark: "WATERBURY BUTTON CO. / (star) " dm, no rings, manufacture after the Civil War, (WaterburyButtonCo310).
Research Center: Button9901-Backmark-WaterburyButtonCo310, Reference: Tice, Dating Buttons, page 82.

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Research Center: Button9901-Backmark-WaterburyButtonCo311
WaterburyButtonCo311, (three part officer button, hat or sleeve size, 16mm).
Backmark: "WATERBURY BUTTON CO. / (star) " dm, lettering style is plain without serifs, single inner rings of dots, manufacture after the Civil War, (WaterburyButtonCo311).
Research Center: Button9901-Backmark-WaterburyButtonCo311, Reference: Tice, Dating Buttons, page 82.

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Research Center: Button9901-Backmark-WaterburyButtonCo350
WaterburyButtonCo350, (two part button, large coat size, 25mm).
Backmark: "W. B. CO. / (star) WATERBURY (star) " dm, letters do not have serifs, single inner ring of dots, manufacture after the Civil War, (WaterburyButtonCo350).
Research Center: Button9901-Backmark-WaterburyButtonCo350, Reference: Tice, Dating Buttons, page 82.

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Research Center: Button9901-Backmark-WaterburyButtonCo360
WaterburyButtonCo360, (two part button, small coat size, 17mm).
Backmark: "W. B. MFG CO. / (star) (star) (star) " rmdc, between two raised rings, manufacture 1860's, (WaterburyButtonCo360).
Research Center: Button9901-Backmark-WaterburyButtonCo360, Reference: Tice, Dating Buttons, page 82.

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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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Ridgeway Civil War Research Center,
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