Civil War Relicman,
Harry Ridgeway.

Winchester, Virginia USA (changed hands 70 times in the Civil War!).

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Ridgeway Reference Archive, Civil War buttons.
Catalog of button backmarks.
D Evans, Attleboro Massachusetts.

This is the "Ridgeway Reference Archive", 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 Tice or Albert books, the pictures are generally from buttons analyzed by the author.



D Evans took over the bankrupt R& W Robinson company ca 1848.  They continued to use many of the Robinson dies and backs well into the 1850's.



Evans100, (23mm).
Backmark:  "D. EVANS & CO / (star) ATTLEBORO (star) MASS (star)" dm ca 1850's to 1865, (Evans100).
Ref: Tice, Dating Buttons, page 56, [Plate B-2, 17].

B4677     Federal artillery button, eagle with "A", D Evans & Co Attleboro Mass, die variant with wide neck, dm with three stars and no rings, (23mm)
 Ref: Albert AY78 / 79, Tice AY215A11.

B5810     Federal infantry button, eagle with "I", D Evans & Co Attleboro Mass, dm with three stars and no rings, die variant with crooked neck, (23mm)
Ref: Albert GI85/88, Tice GI215A9.

B4165     Federal rifleman button, eagle with "R", D Evans & Co Attleboro Mass, dm with three stars and no rings, (23.4mm)
Ref: Albert RF20A1, Tice RF222A2.

B5718     Rhode Island button, state seal anchor and Hope, D Evans & Co Attleboro Mass, dm with three stars and no rings, (22.9mm)
Ref: Albert RI8, Tice RI203C1.


Evans110, (22mm).
Backmark:  "D. EVANS & CO. / (star) ATTLEBORO. MASS. (star)" dm two solid inner rings, ca 1850 to 1865, (Evans110).
Ref: Tice, Dating Buttons, page 56, [Plate B-2, 16].

B5561     Federal Navy button, eagle over horizontal anchor, fluke is behind the wing, D Evans & Co dm solid inner rings, (22mm)
Ref: Albert NA112, Tice NA227A3.

B6778     Rhode Island button, state seal anchor and "Hope", officer staff, D Evans & Co Attleboro Mass, dm two solid inner rings, stars dividing, (21.7mm)
Ref: Albert RI7, Tice RI201A1.


Evans120, (23mm).
Backmark:  "D. EVANS & CO. / ATTLEBORO MASS" dm between two solid rings, ca 1850's 1860's, (Evans120).
Ref: Tice, Dating Buttons, page 56, [Plate B-2, 19].

B4622    Massachusetts button, Ancient & Honorable Artillery "1638", D Evans between solid rings, (22.5mm)
Ref: Albert MS48, Tice MS224A3, not listed.

B4666     Massachusetts button, National Lancers "NL", D Evans Attleboro dm between solid rings, (22.8mm)
B4666.jpg (42320 bytes)
B4666B.jpg (39319 bytes) Ref: Albert MS74A, Tice MS260A2.

B4782      Rhode Island button, state seal anchor and "Hope", officer staff, D Evans & Co Attleboro Mass, dm between solid rings, (22mm)
 Ref: Albert RI7, not listed, Tice RI201A1.

B6098     Rhode Island button, Bristol Train of Artillery, D Evans Attleboro dm between rings, (22.8mm)
Ref: Albert RI5A1, Tice RI206A3.


Evans130, (22.7mm).
Backmark:  "D. EVANS & CO / (dot) ATTLEBORO' (dot) MASS (dot) " dm inner solid ring late 1850's to 1860's, (Evans130).
Ref: Tice, Dating Buttons, page 56, [Plate B-2, 14].

B4728        Minnesota button, state seal, eagle around shield with plowman and native American, officer staff, D Evans, dm, (22.7mm)
  Ref: Albert MN6, Tice MN200A1.

B1803.     Unidentified City Guard, staff officer, (22.7mm).
Backmark:  D Evans / Attleboro , Mass" dm  A good many city militia units employed the name of "City Guard"  This prewar button was made for one of them, which one? Reference:  Albert UU18, Tice UM202A1.


Evans140, (23mm).
Backmark: "D. EVANS & CO. / ATTLEBORO MASS" dm inner ring of dots, depressed shank well can give the impression of an inner ring, transitional use ca 1860 to post war, (Evans 140).
Ref: Tice, Dating Buttons, [Plate B-2, 13].

B5774     Federal officer staff button, eagle with shield, D Evans dm inner ring of dots, no divider, (22mm)
Ref: Albert GS, Tice GS212A2.

B5025     Federal engineer button,  eagle with "Essayons", fort and rising sun, D Evans inner ring, no dividers, (22.7mm)
 Ref: AlbertEG6, not listed, Tice EG215I, not listed.

B6930     New York button, state seal, eagle over shield with "Excelsior", officer staff, D Evans & Co Attleboro Mass without dividers, (22.4mm)
  Ref: Albert NY30, Tice NY220B1.

B5881     Massachusetts button, state seal arm and sword, officer staff, D Evans, dm no dividers, (22.7mm)
Ref: Albert MS35, Tice MS210E1.

B6093     Rhode Island button, state seal anchor and "Hope", officer staff, D Evans & Co Attleboro Mass, dm ring of dots, (22.7mm)
Ref: Albert RI7, not listed, Tice RI201A1, not listed.


Evans150, (23mm).
Backmark: "D. EVANS & CO. / ATTLEBORO MASS." dm inner ring of dots, transitional use ca 1860 to post war, (Evans150).
Ref: Tice, Dating Buttons, page 56.

B6503     Federal Navy button, eagle over horizontal anchor, fluke is behind the wing, D Evans & Co dm with no divider, inner ring of dots, (23mm)
  Ref: Albert NA112, Tice NA227, not listed.

B6123     Rhode Island button, United Train of Artillery, D Evans Attleboro dm, (22.5mm)
Ref: Albert RI33, Tice, not listed.


Evans160, (23mm).
Backmark:  "D. EVANS & CO. / (star) ATTLEBORO MASS (star)" dm inner ring of slashes, transitional use ca 1860 to post war, (Evans160).
Ref: Tice, Dating Buttons, page 56, [Plate B-2, 15].

B5615     Federal artillery button, eagle with "A", D Evans & Co Attleboro Mass, divided by stars, dm with inner ring of slashes, (23mm)
Ref: Albert AY78 / 79, Tice AY215A10.

B6637.     Federal artillery button, eagle with "A", stippled field, D Evans & Co Attleboro Mass, divided by stars, dm with inner ring of slashes, (23mm).
Ref: Albert AY78 / 79, Tice AY215A10.

B4680     Federal cavalry button, eagle with "C", D Evans &Co Attleboro Mass, divided by stars, dm with inner ring of slashes, (23mm)
Ref: Albert CV1, Tice CV215A5.

B5693     Federal cavalry button, eagle with "C" on stippled background, D Evans &Co Attleboro Mass, divided by stars, dm with inner ring of slashes, (23mm)
Ref: Albert CV, not listed, Tice CV215, not listed.

B5039     Federal infantry button, eagle with "I", Evans die 4-B, D Evans & Co Attleboro Mass, divided by stars, dm with inner ring of slashes, (23mm)
B5039A.JPG (37910 bytes) B5039B.JPG (33744 bytes) Ref: Albert GI85 / 88, Tice GI215A8, die 4-B.

B5973     Federal infantry button, eagle with "I", D Evans &Co Attleboro Mass, divided by stars, dm with inner ring of slashes, Evans die with wide neck, open beak, and wide shield, 4-C, (23mm)
 Ref: Albert GI85 / 88, Tice GI215A8, die 4-C.

B5971     Federal infantry button, eagle with "I", D Evans & Co Attleboro Mass, divided by stars, dm with inner ring of slashes, Evans die with wide neck, open beak, and narrow shield, (23mm)
Ref: Albert GI85 / 88, Tice GI215A8, die 4 series variant.

B5972     Federal infantry button, eagle with "I", D Evans & Co Attleboro Mass, divided by stars, dm with inner ring of slashes, die variant with crooked neck, (23mm)
Ref: Albert GI85/88, Tice GI215.

B5981     Federal infantry button, eagle with "I" in raised stippled shield, D Evans & Co Attleboro Mass, divided by stars, dm with inner ring of slashes, (23mm)
Ref: Albert GI85/88, Tice GI231A1.

B4285     Federal Navy button, eagle over horizontal anchor, fluke is behind the wing, D Evans & Co dm with stars dividing inner ring of hyphens, (23mm)
Ref: Albert NA112, Tice NA227A3.

B6319     Massachusetts regimental button, Ancient & Honorable Artillery "1638", D Evans inner ring of hyphens, (22.5mm)
 Ref: Albert MS48, Tice MS224A3.

B5565     New Hampshire button, state seal sailing ship with flag with a calm flutter, D Evans dm inner ring of hyphens, (23mm)
Ref: Albert NH6, not listed, Tice NH200C2.


Evans170, (21mm).
Backmark:  "D. EVANS & CO / (star) ATTLEBORO (star)" dm single inner ring, depressed shank well, backmark may be transitional, (Evans170).
Ref: Tice, Dating Buttons, page 56, [Plate B-3, 1].

B5882     New York button, New York State Artillery, National Guard, D Evans, Attleboro stars dividing, (21mm)
Ref: Albert NY20,  TiceNY210F1.

B4180     Federal general service button, eagle with shield, D Evans & Co Attleboro, inner ring, (20.8mm)
Ref: Albert GI94, Tice GEN215A2.


Evans180, (25mm).
Backmark:  "D. EVANS & CO. / (star) ATTLEBORO' MASS (star)" dm on inner wreath, ca 1865 to post war, (Evans180).
Ref: Tice, Dating Buttons, page 56.

B4381     Massachusetts button, Ancient & Honorable Artillery, D Evans inner ring of wreath, (25mm)
Ref: Albert MS47, Tice MS222A1.


Evans190, (19mm).
Backmark:  "D. EVANS & CO / (dot) ATTLEBORO (dot) " dm, outer ring of dots, may be transitional or post war, (Evans190).
Ref: Tice, Dating Buttons, page 56.

B5099    Vermont cadet button, Norwich University, two part, D Evans & Co, (19.4mm)
 Ref: AlbertSU287, Tice VTS250As, not listed.


Evans200, (23mm).
Backmark: " (graphic of a bird) / D. EVANS & CO. ATTLEBORO " dm reading counter clockwise, bird at top, ca 1850's, (Evans200).
Ref: Tice, Dating Buttons, page 56, [Plate B-2, 20].
Example needed.



Evans210, (23mm).
Backmark: "D. EVANS & CO. ATTLEBORO (dot) MASS" dm on a ribbon reading clockwise, flower at bottom, ca 1850's - 1860's, (Evans210).
Ref: Tice, Dating Buttons, page 56, [Plate B-2, 18].

B6892.     Federal officer staff button, eagle with shield, D Evans dm on ribbon, (22mm)
  Ref: Albert GS, Tice GS. oops pic upside down.

B4192     Federal engineer button,  eagle with "Essayons", fort and rising sun, D Evans on ribbon, (22.7mm)
Ref: AlbertEG6, not listed, Tice EG215E2.

B4199     Federal ordnance button, flaming bomb over cannons, D Evans on ribbon, (22.8mm)
 Ref: Albert OC5, Tice ORD215A1.

B5908     Federal Revenue Cutter button, D Evans on ribbon,  (23.2mm)
Ref: Albert FD4, Tice FD209A, not listed.

B6092     Massachusetts button, state seal arm and sword, "Mass. Volunteer Militia, low convex, D Evans Attleboro dm on ribbon, (23mm)
Ref: Albert MS34A1, Tice MS208A2.

B6891.     Massachusetts button, state seal arm and sword, officer staff, D Evans Attleboro dm on ribbon, (23mm).
Ref: Albert MS35, Tice MS210E. oops pic upside down.

B5910     New Hampshire button, sailing ship with flag with a calm flutter, D Evans on ribbon, (23mm)
Ref: Albert NH6, Tice NH200C1.

B4675     New Hampshire button, state seal sailing ship with flag fully furled, D Evans on ribbon, (23mm)
B4675.jpg (46123 bytes) B4675B.jpg (45242 bytes) Ref: Albert NH6C, Tice NH200D1.

B4726     Vermont button, state seal stag head over a shield, die variant "B", D Evans on a ribbon, (23.2mm)
Ref: Albert VT9, Tice VT230B2.

B5936     Vermont button, state seal stag head over a shield, die variant "C", D Evans on a ribbon, (23.2mm)
Ref: Albert VT9, Tice VT230C1.


Evans220, (21mm).
Backmark: "D. EVANS & CO. / ATTLEBORO" dm on a ribbon with flower, inscription runs counter clockwise, ca 1850's - 1860s, (Evans220).
Ref: Tice, Dating Buttons, page 56.

B6008     Virginia cadet button, Virginia Military Institute, low convex, spear passing to between the "D" and "E", D Evans on a ribbon, (21mm)
Ref: Albert SU408, not listed, Tice VAS294C2.

B5819     Virginia cadet button, Virginia Military Institute, low convex, spear passing to bottom of the "D", D Evans on a ribbon, (21mm)
Ref: Albert SU408, not listed, Tice VAS294D2.


Evans230Small, (15mm).
Backmark:  "D. EVANS & CO / (star) EXTRA (star)" dm inner solid ring, only used small size, ca 1860's, Evans230 small. (Evans20Small).
Ref: Tice, Dating Buttons, page 56, [Plate B-3, 4].

B6372     Federal officer staff button, eagle with shield, D Evans & Co Extra dm, (14.4mm)
Ref: Albert GS, Tice GS, not listed.

B4106     Federal officer staff button, eagle with shield, D Evans & Co Extra dm, (15mm)
Ref: Albert GS, Tice GS, not listed.

B5816     Federal infantry button, eagle with "I", D Evans & Co Extra, (15.1mm)
Ref: Albert GI85 / 88, Tice GI215As, not listed.

B6504     Federal cavalry button, eagle with "C", D Evans &Co Extra, (15mm)
Ref: Albert CV, Tice CV215as6.

B3965     Federal engineer button,  eagle with "Essayons", fort and rising sun, D Evans Extra, (15mm)
 Ref: AlbertEG6, not listed, Tice EG215Es3, not listed.

B4661     Massachusetts button, state seal arm and sword, officer staff, D Evans Extra, (14.4mm)
 Ref: Albert MS35, Tice MS210Es2.

B5710     Rhode Island button, state seal anchor and Hope, D Evans & Co Extra, (15.1mm)
Ref: Albert RI8, Tice RI203Cs2.


Evans240Small, (14mm).
Backmark:  "D. EVANS & CO. / EXT" dm inner solid ring, only used small size, ca 1850's, Evans240, small. (Evans23Small).
Ref: Tice, Dating Buttons, page 56.

B3966     Federal Navy button, eagle over horizontal anchor, fluke is behind the wing, D Evans Extra, dm, (14mm)
 Ref:  Albert NA112, Tice NA227As4.


Evans250Small, (14mm).
Backmark:  "D. E. & CO / (star) EXTRA (star)"  dm inner ring of dots, manufactured by D Evans Attleboro Massachusetts, backmark is believed to be transitional or post war, (Evans250Small).
Ref: Tice, Dating Buttons, page 56, [Plate B3, 5]

B5767     Virginia cadet button, Virginia Military Institute, low convex, spear passing the "D", D Evans Extra, (13.7mm)
Ref: Albert SU408, not listed, Tice VAS294As2.


Evans260Small, (15mm).
Backmark:  "D. EVANS & CO. / SUPERFINE" dm inner ring of dots, small size only,1850s to 1860s, Evans260, small. (Evans26Small).
Ref: Tice, Dating Buttons, page 56, [Plate B-3, 7].

B4358     Federal artillery button, eagle with "A", D Evans &Co Superfine dm inner ring, (15mm)
Ref: Albert AY78 /79, Tice AY215As13.

B6343     Federal artillery button, eagle with "A", stippled field, D Evans &Co Superfine dm inner ring, (15mm)
Ref: Albert AY78 /79, Tice AY215As13.

B5051     Federal infantry button, eagle with "I", D Evans & Co Superfine, dm inner ring of dots, (15.1mm)
B5051A.JPG (33745 bytes) B5051B.JPG (30840 bytes) Ref: Albert GI85 / 88, Tice GI215As10.

B4667    Massachusetts button, Ancient & Honorable Artillery "1638", D Evans Superfine, (15mm)
 Ref: Albert MS48, Tice MS224As1.

B6587     Massachusetts regimental button, Independence Cadet Corps "ICC", D Evans Superfine, (15mm)
Ref: Albert MS62, TiceMS248As3.


Evans270Small, (15mm).
Backmark:  "D. EVANS & CO. / SUPERFINE" dm inner solid ring, small size only, 1860s, (Evans270Small).
Ref: Tice, Dating Buttons, page 56, [Plate B-3, 6].
Examples needed.



Evans290, (24mm).
Backmark:  "D EVANS & CO. / (star) N E PLUS ULTRA (star)" dm ca 1860's, (Evans 290).
Ref: Tice, Dating Buttons, page 56, [Plate B-3, 3].

B5984     Federal Navy button, eagle over horizontal anchor, fluke is in front of wing, D Evans Plus Ultra, (24mm)
Ref: Albert NA113, Tice NA230A2.


Evans300.
post war.
Ref: Tice, Dating Buttons, page 56, [Plate B-3, 2].
Examples needed.