Civil War Relicman,
Harry Ridgeway.

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

Ridgeway Reference Archive, Civil War buttons.
Catalog of button backmarks.
MC Lilly Columbus Ohio.

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 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.

MC Lilly operated after the Civil War from 1870's to 1946.

Lilly.100, (23mm).
Backmark: "M. C. LILLY & CO. / COLUMBUS O." dm between rings of dots, letters are without serifs, manufactured 1870's or later, (Lilly.100).
Ref: Tice, Dating Buttons, page 135.

B6510     Iowa button, state territorial seal, eagle with bow and arrow, officer staff, M C Lilly, (23mm)

Ref: Albert IA1.  Manufactured after the Civil War. 

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