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.

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.

Backmarks bearing "Warranted.....", generic stock backmarks denoting quality.

Warranted.110.Small, (15mm).
Backmark: "WARRANTED / (dot) RICH ORANGE (dot)" dm  between two solid rings, (Warranted.110.Small).
Ref: Tice, Dating Buttons.

B5765     Federal Navy button, eagle facing left over upright anchor, one part flat, Warranted Rich Orange, (15mm)
Ref: Albert NA86.

Warranted.120, (21mm).
Backmark "WARRANTED / (bough) / (double solid ring) / TREBLE / PLATED" dm, English manufacture ca 1830s, (Warranted.120).
Ref: Tice, Dating Buttons.

B5521     General service or militia button, eagle facing right, with shield with 7 stars above, 6 stars below, on lined field, one part flat, Warranted Treble Plated (20.5mm)
Ref: Albert GI59, not listed.

B5820     Massachusetts button, state seal Native American holding bow and arrow, one part flat, Warranted Treble Plated, (24.5mm)
Ref: Albert MS19, Tice MS036Q8.

Warranted.210, (22mm).
Backmark: "WARRANTED (in italics) / RICH TREBLE / (13 stars in a ring) (dot)" dm, maker not known, possibly R&W Robinson ca 1840's or 1850's, (Warranted.210).
Ref: Tice, Dating Buttons, page 53, (R& W Robinson).

B4107     Federal officer staff button, eagle with shield, Warranted Rich Treble, (21.7mm)
Ref: Albert GS8, Tice GS214A2.

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