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

Civil War Buttons

by Harry Ridgeway


William Wildt was listed as a jeweler in Richmond Va from 1852 until well after the Civil War. One of his sons, Julia Wildt, moved to Columbia SC and partnered with a German named "Klein". Not enough is known about these producers, the shop in Columbia was burned during the war. It is not entirely clear whether buttons were produced at both locations or if the button making was subcontracted with another producer.
Research Center: Button9901-Backmark-WildtW

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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 Wildt was listed as a jeweler in Richmond Va from 1852 until well after the Civil War. One of his sons, Julia Wildt, moved to Columbia SC and partnered with a German named "Klein". Not enough is known about these producers, the shop in Columbia was burned during the war. It is not entirely clear whether buttons were produced at both locations or if the button making was subcontracted with another producer. For purposes of cataloging the backmarks, any backmarks bearing the Wildt name are shown on this page.



WildtW110, (22 to 23mm)
Backmark: "W. WILDT & SON / RICHMOND VA." rmdc, backmark is usually illegible, attributed to William Wildt, a jeweler in Richmond Virginia, (WildtW110). Note: The mark will often appear to be double stamped, which is from the die "bouncing" Many are just a blur of double or triple stamping and may have actually been re-stamped, others are crisp. It is a rarity to get a clearly readable example of this backmark. Additionally, there sometimes will be extra burrs, bumps etc, which are often misinterpreted as additional punctuation, actually this is debris in the die. Reference: Tice, Dating Buttons, page 185, [Plate C-2, 15].
Research Center: Button9901-Backmark-WildtW110,
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B7248...Confederate officer button, eagle facing right with 13 stars on a lined field, two part button with flat false rim, officer style, Confederate wartime manufacture,"W. WILDT & SON / RICHMOND VA." rmdc, (24mm)
Button depicts eagle with wings in relaxed position, intended for Confederate officers, southern wartime manufacture, a "local". This die pattern features an eagle facing right with wings in relaxed position, lined background, button is two part with flat false rim designed to give the appearance of an officer style three part staff button Backmark: "W. WILDT & SON / RICHMOND VA." rmdc, backmark is usually illegible, attributed to William Wildt, a jeweler in Richmond Virginia, (Wildt.110). Two part convex button with false rim, coat size. Dug button, gilded, shank intact, fully intact, ground action. Recovered: Charles Town West Virginia or Maryland campaign, by Tim Painter. Reference: Albert not listed, Tice CS245A1.

B6238 North Carolina button, state seal ladies Ladies Liberty and Plenty, southern wartime manufacture, W. Wildt & Sons rmdc, (21.9mm)
Ref: Albert NC8B, Tice NC210B1.

B5896 Virginia button, state seal, Virtus slaying the tyrant, die variant Virtus with short skirt, southern wartime manufacture, W. Wildt & Son Richmond Va, rmdc, (22mm)

Ref: Albert VA21A,Tice VA244A1.



WildtW120, (22mm)
Backmark: "RICHMOND VA / (star) W WILDT & SON (star) " rmdc, the "D's are backwards (diemaker error), crude stamping, attributed to William Wildt, a jeweler in Richmond Virginia, (WildtW120).
Research Center: Button9901-Backmark-WildtW120, Reference: Tice, Dating Buttons, page 185, [Plate C-2, 16].
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B5763 Virginia button, state seal slaying the tyrant, officer staff, southern wartime manufacture, W. Wildt & Sons rmdc, (22.5mm)

Ref: AlbertVA20 (misidentified), Tice VA264A1.



WildtW130, (22 to 23mm)
Backmark: "W. WILDT & SON / (star) RICHMOND VA. (star)", rmdc, backmark is usually illegible, attributed to William Wildt, a jeweler in Richmond Virginia, (WildtW130).
Research Center: Button9901-Backmark-WildtW130, Reference: Tice, Dating Buttons, page 185, [Plate C-2, 17].
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B5457 Virginia button, state seal Virtus slaying the tyrant, southern wartime manufacture, W. Wildt & Sons rmdc, (22.6mm)

Ref: Albert VA22A1, with correction, Tice VA246A1.


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