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                             CONFEDERATE  BUTTONS

  1. Very rare to recover, coat size, low convex, iron reverse, Western Theater "C" (Cavalry) button.  The button has a smooth, chocolate brown patina on the face and a rusty iron reverse.  This rare style Confederate Cavalry button is often very fragile when recovered.  This example is solid as can be.--$375.

  2. Drop dead beautiful excavated emerald green coat size Confederate solid cast "I" (Infantry) button.  This button was recovered about 30 years ago along Lewisburg Pike on private property at the Battle of Franklin, TN.  You aren't going to see a nicer example.--$150.SOLD

  3. Beautiful condition, excavated, coat size, Confederate, Lined "A" button.  It has a "Superior Quality" backmark and has the shank intact.  It was recovered on private property at the site of the Confederate 1863 Artillery Park a few miles out Lewisburg Pike from Shelbyville.  This is a first class example of a quite rare button to recover.--$350.

  4. Excavated, coat size, solid cast brass, Confederate "I" (Infantry) button.  This was recovered at the Battle of Nashville many years ago.--$150.SOLD

  5. Beautiful condition, non-excavated, coat size, 3-piece, Virginia Staff Officer button.  This button has virtually 100% bright gold gilt and is perfect with no dents or cracks.  The reverse is backmarked "Canfield Bro. & Co. Baltimore," and the shank remains perfectly intact.  This button is nice enough quality for even the most discriminating collector.--$275.

  6. Very nice condition, excavated, coat size, Confederate Artillery "A" button.  This button was recovered from the 1863 Confederate Army of Tennessee Artillery camp located a few miles out Lewisburg Pike from Shelbyville, TN.  It has a smooth chocolate brown patina on the front and the shank perfectly intact on the reverse.--$175.

  7. Excellent condition, non-excavated, matching coat and cuff set, United Confederate Veteran "Confederate Battleflag" buttons.  They have a nice, rich, aged patina with shanks perfectly intact on the reverse.--$75 for the pair.

  8. Absolutely beautiful non-excavated coat size Georgia State Seal Confederate Officer's button.  It has a super nice face with virtually 100 % bright gold gilt intact.  The reverse is prewar backmarked "Horstmann and Allien - NY" and is perfect as well with shank intact.--$225.

  9. Absolutely beautiful condition excavated coat size Confederate "Droop Wing Eagle" C.S. Staff Officer's button.  This is a CS-25A with nice face - perfect back and shank intact.  It was recovered from an 1863 Army of Tennessee Confederate winter camp located on private property near Shelbyville, TN.--$250.SOLD

  10. Excavated, coat size, 2-piece Confederate Block "A" (Artillery) uniform button.  This button was recovered from the 1863 Army of Tennessee winter artillery park located a few miles from Shelbyville out Lewisburg Pike.  The button has a smooth, chocolate brown face, and the iron reverse is rusty but remains completely intact.--$175.

  11. Beautiful condition, non-excavated, coat size, Missouri State Seal Officer's button.  This is a M0205A3 in Tice and is exactly the same strike and backmark as the Missouri buttons recovered by Meigs Brainard and Bill Gurley from the Arkansas camp of Mosby Parson's Missourians.  This button could not be a nicer example with 100% bright gold gilt and shank intact.--$450.

  12. Excellent condition, non-excavated, coat size, Virginia State Seal.  The face has near 100% bright gold gilt, and the reverse is silvered with a "Mintzer" backmark.  The shank remains intact and straight.--$225.

  13. Excellent condition, United Confederate Veteran "U.C.V.", coat size, CSA button with a Lilley backmark that has been jeweler converted to a lady's pin.  The early "T-Bar" type fastening device remains intact and still works perfectly.--$75.

  14. Beautiful condition, excavated, coat size, two piece, iron reverse, Confederate Infantry button.  This button was recovered on private property at Chickamauga, Georgia, by Dr. Rees Buttram.  You are not going to find a nicer iron back Confederate local excavated than this example.  Even the iron shank remains intact.--$115.

  15. Excavated coat size Confederate lined "I".  This is an attractive button with a smooth chocolate brown patina.  It was recovered years ago from Confederate camps on private property near Richmond, VA.  There is one tiny ding on the face.  The reverse remains completely intact with shank, but I do see one small hairline freeze crack in the back.  Even with a couple small imperfections is still a nice Confederate button.--$125.

  16. Quite attractive, excavated, low convex, coat size, Virginia State Seal uniform button.  This is a VA5-A with "Young, Smith, New York" backmark.  It has a smooth, brown patina with traces of silver wash and is missing the shank on the reverse.--$150.

  17. Excellent condition, excavated, coat size, 2-piece, Confederate Block "I" (Infantry) uniform button.  This button was recovered about 40 years ago from private property along Duck River near Shelbyville, Tennessee, where Polk's Corp - Army of Tennessee - was camped for the winter of 1862-1863.  This button not only has the complete iron back with depressed channel, but has shank intact as well.  That is almost never found on excavated examples of this style Confederate button.--$125.

  18. Excavated, very nice condition, coat size, solid cast brass, Confederate Block "I" (Infantry) button.  This button was recently recovered on private property from a lawn along the Confederate battle line at the Battle of Franklin, Tennessee.--$150.

  19. Nice condition, excavated, coat size, Confederate cast pewter "I" (Infantry) uniform button.  This button was recovered from a Confederate Camp on private property just north of Atlanta, Georgia.  The button itself is in excellent condition, but the shank is decayed off as is usually the case.--$195.SOLD

  20. Quite rare to recover coat size Confederate Droop Wing Eagle staff officer - (Albert - CS26A).  This button was recovered from Confederate 1863 winter camps along Duck River near Shelbyville, TN.  The button was either struck with a crack in the die or it has a hairline freeze crack across the eagle's left wing, and I am unsure which.  The reverse is a Confederate local with shank intact and gold gilt in the channel.  This is a button you rarely recover.--$195.

  21. This has always been a bit of a mystery button.  It is a non-excavated example of an Albert CS8A.  Mr. Albert states that they first showed up in this country (from England) in the 1960s - and have never been Battlefield or campsite recovered, but do appear to be old.  The question is whether this is a Civil War date button that like (some Van Warts and others) simply did not make it to this country for distribution in time to get to the field, or might they have been produced later - possibly for Confederate Reunion uniforms.  A question for the ages to determine, but for sure a very nice looking button that may some day be determined to be a very rare button.  My gut feeling is a bit later than the Civil War - likely for Confederate Reunions.  A very pretty button and priced RIGHT.--$48.

  22. Very attractive excavated coat size Confederate "Droop Wing Eagle" Staff Officer's button.  This is a "CS21" and was recovered on private property near Corinth, Miss. by Charlie Harris about 30 years ago.  It has a smooth brown patina and has traces of gold gilt both around the perimeter of the face and on the reverse.  The shank remains perfectly intact, and except for having just the slightest press on the eagle - this unmarked "C. Rouyer" style button would be very hard to improve on.--$250.

  23. Absolutely beautiful excavated Confederate "Droop Wing Eagle" coat size staff officer's button.  This was recovered by Charlie Harris about 40 years ago on private property near Chickamauga, GA.  Both face and reverse are perfect with the original iron shank perfectly intact.  You are not going to find a nicer example.--$250.SOLD

  24. Absolutely mint-perfect beautiful, excavated, cuff size, Confederate Local, Louisiana Pelican with every bit of 90% bright gold gilt.  This button was recovered about 40 years ago by Charlie Harris on private property near Corinth, Mississippi.  The face is perfect, and the reverse is equally as nice with the shank intact.--$250.

  25. Excellent condition, excavated, coat size, Confederate "Script I" uniform button.  This button was recovered many years ago by Dr. Rees Buttram on private property near Chickamauga, Georgia.  It has a smooth, chocolate brown patina on the face with nice detail and no dents or cracks.  The reverse remains perfect as well with an Isaac Campbell backmark, and the shank is intact and straight.--$195.

  26. Absolutely beautiful excavated Confederate "Droop Wing Eagle" coat size staff officer's button.  This was recovered by Charlie Harris about 40 years ago on private property near Chickamauga, GA.  Both face and reverse are perfect with the original iron shank perfectly intact.  You are not going to find a nicer example.--$250.

  27. Absolutely drop dead beautiful excavated coat size Louisiana Pelican button.  This was recovered by Charlie Harris on private property near Corinth, MS.  It is an "LA-8" Confederate Local with gold gilt outlining literally everything.  The reverse is as pretty as the front with shank intact.--$350.

  28. Very scarce, excavated, tiny, cuff size, Kentucky State Seal Staff Officer's button.  The button does have a push, but remains very solid with a smooth brown patina and crisp detail.  There are hints of gold gilt around the perimeter, and the shank remains intact on the reverse.--$250.

  29. Very nice condition, excavated, coat size, Confederate two-piece "Block I" (Infantry) button.  The face couldn't be prettier with a slick, chocolate brown patina, and the reverse is rusty iron as usual.  This button was recovered on private property from a Confederate Camp along Duck River near Shelbyville, Tennessee.--$95.

  30. Really pretty, excavated, coat size, gilted Louisiana State Seal button.  This button was recovered from a Confederate Camp on private property near Shelbyville, Tennessee.  The face has crisp detail and beautiful bright gold gilt outlining the pelican and the young.  The reverse is backmarked "Hyde & Goodrich, New Orleans" and has the shank remaining intact.  This is a beautiful button that anyone would like to have in their collection.--$375.

  31. Extremely rare and very nice condition, excavated, coat size, Confederate local, Alabama "Map on Tree" State Seal.  This button was recovered from a Confederate Camp on private property near Savannah, Georgia.  It is an AB7B - and has a smooth chocolate brown patina with no dents or cracks, and the shank remains intact.--$650.

  32. Very nice condition, excavated, coat size, Virginia State Seal, Confederate uniform button.  It has a smooth, brown patina with all detail outlined in bright gold gilt.  It has a Horstmann backmark with shank intact.  It was recovered from a Confederate camp in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia.--$250.

  33. Beautiful condition, non-excavated, coat size, two piece, gilted Georgia State Seal uniform button.  This button has 100% bright gold gilt with shank intact and is back marked "Van Wart & Son Co."--$195.

  34. ibuttonscript.JPG (93533 bytes)ibuttonscriptrev.JPG (84098 bytes)Very nice condition excavated coat size Confederate "Script I" (infantry) uniform button.  This button was recovered from Polk's Corp 1863 winter camps along the Duck River near Shelbyville, Tennessee.  It has a smooth chocolate brown patina, "Quality" backmark, nice detail, and shank intact.--$175.

  35. northcaro.JPG (115529 bytes)northcarorev.JPG (113369 bytes)Excavated die struck coat size North Carolina "Sunburst" Confederate uniform button.  This was recovered by Dr. Rees Buttram from Confederate camps near Dalton, GA.  The button has nice detail and some pretty silver wash in recessed areas.  These buttons were on shell jackets purchased by the Confederate Govt. from the State of North Carolina, and issued to the Army of Tennessee while in winter camp near Dalton, GA.--$125.

  36. pittedibtn.JPG (83698 bytes)pittedibtnrev.JPG (93412 bytes)Really nice excavated coat size Confederate "Lined I" uniform button.  This was recovered on private property near Chickamauga, GA. and has a smooth chocolate patina with shank intact.  You just aren't going to dig a much nicer one.--$225.

  37. northcarolina.JPG (62222 bytes)northcarolinarev.JPG (74673 bytes)Excavated Coat size Confederate local North Carolina State Seal button.  This was recovered from a Confederate camp located on private property near Brandy Station, VA.--$125.

  38. ncbutton.JPG (61263 bytes)ncbuttonrev.JPG (71447 bytes)Very - Very - Rare NON-EXCAVATED "Confederate Local" manufacture coat size North Carolina State Seal uniform button.  This recently turned up in a jar of buttons at a North Carolina estate sale.  You won't see a more beautiful example.--only $495. {often seen $650. or more}
  39. richmond.JPG (76604 bytes)richmondrev.JPG (85286 bytes)Beautiful non-excavated gilted coat size VA. staff button with the VERY sought after "Mitchell and Tyler - Richmond" backmark.  The face could not be prettier with sharp detail and nearly 100 % bright gold gilt.  Unfortunately, the button was made into a lady's "stick pin" years and years ago, and because of that the shank is not present.  There are a couple guys out there who could definitely restore the shank, but on the other hand - the button displays beautifully just as it is.--only $195.
  40. eagcoatbtn.JPG (60078 bytes)eagcoatbtnrev.JPG (61109 bytes)Beautiful non-excavated Coat size Confederate CS-5 Staff Officer's button.  It has near 100% bright gold gilt - shank intact - and is backmarked "Treble Gilt - Extra Rich".  You just won't see a more beautiful - highly gilted -  example.--$275.
  41. cuffbtn.JPG (54838 bytes)cuffbtnrev.JPG (70704 bytes)cuffbtnsize.JPG (63933 bytes)RARE - RARE - RARE excavated TINY kepi size Confederate "Droop Wing Eagle" Staff Officer's button.  I can't remember when I last had one of these.  This button was recovered near Savannah, GA. and is solid as a rock with no dents - no cracks - and shank intact.--$295.
  42. mnscrpti.JPG (87278 bytes)mnscrptirev.JPG (89404 bytes)Very nice condition excavated big 23 mm CS175A - by P. Tait with their distinctive floating shank.  It's a pretty button with a smooth brown woods patina and no dents or cracks.  This is a RARE Confederate button, and is certainly one you don't dig every day.--$325. {see all around priced at $450.}
  43. Beautiful non-excavated 23 mm coat size {CS175A2} lined manuscript Old English "I".  This is an exceptional example with nice straight shank and "Halfmann & Taylor - Montgomery" backmark.  WOW - This button is pretty!!--$325.
  44. drpwngegl1.JPG (52586 bytes)drpwngegl1rev.JPG (67318 bytes)Excavated coat size Confederate local Staff Officer's button -{CS26B} recovered on private property years ago here at the Battle of Stones River.  It had a couple freeze cracks when recovered that have been professionally stabilized, and the button is solid as can be now.--$195.
  45. ibtnfri.JPG (77612 bytes)ibtnfrirev.JPG (77879 bytes)Beautiful condition excavated CS173 Confederate 19 mm Lined "I" with "P. Tait and Co. - Limerick" backmark.  This button was recovered many years ago from a Confederate camp on private property near Richmond, VA.  It has crisp detail and the prettiest chocolate brown patina that you are going to see.--$225.
  46. drpwng.JPG (69802 bytes)drpwngrev.JPG (68545 bytes)Exceptionally nice condition excavated coat size Confederate local "Droop Wing Eagle" C.S. Staff Officer's button.  Recovered from the 1863 spring camp of the 1st Alabama Cavalry located near "Middleton, TN. {now Midland, TN.}  Crisp detail and smooth brown patina and not a hint of a dent or crack on this excellent button.--$250.
  47. ibut.JPG (64948 bytes)ibut2.JPG (70902 bytes)Really, Really pretty excavated coat size Confederate "Lined I" uniform button.  Solid as a rock smooth woods chocolate brown patina - no dents - no cracks - and shank intact.  This is the way you like to dig them !!--$225.
  48. ibutton.JPG (60337 bytes)ibuttonrev.JPG (81252 bytes)Excellent condition non-excavated coat size Confederate Lined "I" uniform button.  This is a "CS172A1" with Superior Quality backmark.  It has near 100% bright gold gilt and shank intact.--$275.
  49. Very nice condition excavated coat size Confederate "Droop Wing Eagle" C.S. Staff Officer's button.  This is a scarce "CS26A" and was recovered by Dr. Rees Buttram about 40 years ago on private property near Chickamauga.--$195.
  50. Excavated coat size rare pattern {C.S.-26B} Confederate "Drooped Wing Eagle" Staff Officer's Button.  This is a local with chocolate brown patina and a little gold gilt.  It was recovered from Gen. Lucius Polk's 1863 Brigade winter camp located near Tullahoma, TN.--$195.
  51. Excavated coat size Confederate local Louisiana State Seal uniform button.  This button was recovered about 40 years ago by Dr. Rees Buttram on private property near Chickamauga, GA.  It has good detail with a dark brown patina and a little gold gilt left in the recessed areas.  The iron shank is rusted away, and only rusty remnants remain.  Confederate local manufactured State Seal buttons are scarce to recover.--$195.
  52. Hasn't even been washed off !!  Excavated coat size scarce "Tennessee Puff Rim" Confederate Block "I" uniform button.  This button was recovered about 40 years ago by Dr. Rees Buttram on private property near Chickamauga.  It is really tough to find one of these this nice.--$115.
  53. Fresh out of the ground !!  Coat size Virginia State Seal button just recovered from a Confederate camp site located near Richmond, VA.  It hasn't been cleaned up at all, but you can already see pretty gold gilt showing through the dirt and patina here and there.  "Horstmann & Sons" backmark.--$150.
  54. Excellent condition non-excavated coat size "V.M.I." {Virginia Military Institute}.  It has virtually 100% bright gold gilt on the face - shank intact - and Civil War era "Evans in the ribbon" backmark.--$195.
  55. Drop dead beautiful condition excavated coat size Virginia State Seal Button.  This is a VA 13 with "Canfield Bro. and Co.- Baltimore" backmark.  The button has a slick chocolate brown patina with the figures completely outlined in bright gold gilt.--$295.
  56. Group of PUBLISHED really pretty "North Carolina Sunburst" excavated buttons.  These buttons were recovered in the late 1960s from  Gen. Manigault's 1863 Army of Tennessee Confederate winter camp at Dalton, Ga.  Some of these very buttons are in the pile pictured on page 209 in Charlie Harris's book - "Civil War Relics of the Western Campaigns".   Just point out the one you want.--$110. each
  57. Beautiful condition non-excavated gilted coat size Confederate "Droop Wing" officer's button.  This is a "CS-5" with a "Treble Gilt" backmark.  You couldn't ask for a nicer example.--$250.
  58. Excavated coat size rare "low convex" Virginia State Seal button.  This button was dug by Chuck Sykes from a Virginia troops camp near Brandy Station, VA.  It is quite solid with a smooth brown patina and an "rmdc" Horstmann and Sons backmark.  It is missing the shank {which is probably why it got lost}.  A pretty button.--$195.
  59. Absolutely beautiful condition non-excavated coat size gilted Virginia Staff Officer's button.  This looks like a VA-20 and has the shank intact and a "Superior Quality" backmark with LOTS of gold gilt.--$250.
  60. Excavated coat size North Carolina Sunburst uniform button.  This button has about 30% original silver wash and the sharpest "NC" strike that you could hope to see.--$115.
  61. Excavated coat size North Carolina State Seal button.  This is the style with the star in the depressed channel on the reverse.  The button is very solid with a smooth chocolate brown patina.  There is a light dip in the face but nothing serious.  The reverse has shank intact and gold gilt in the channel.--$135.

 UNION  BUTTONS

 

  1. Group of six excavated, Federal Infantry Officer buttons.  These buttons were recovered on the battlefield here at Stones River on private property, and were no doubt from one garment.  Five of the six buttons still have some percent of gold gilt, and a couple still have thread and/or cloth on the back.  This group of buttons will make an excellent battlefield recovery display.--$75. for all.SOLD

  2. Beautiful condition, non-excavated, big great-coat size, gilted, Federal Eagle button.  This is a "really big" Eagle button and has an Extra Quality backmark with shank intact.--$35.

  3. Mint condition, cased set of gilted, Federal, cuff size buttons.  One of the buttons is a cuff size Infantry officer and the second button is a cuff size Artillery officer.--$65 for the pair.

  4. Absolutely beautiful condition, excavated pair of gilted Federal buttons.  One is a coat size gilted Federal Staff Officer's, and the other is a coat size Federal Infantry Officer's.--$85 for the pair.

  5. Very rare to find, non-excavated, 1820 era, U.S. "great coat" buttons.  This is a GI70 with United States backmark.  The coat size is a beautiful button but is missing the shank.  The cuff size remains perfect with the shank intact.--$125 for the pair.

  6. Very attractive group of 4 excavated cuff size Federal buttons.  The group includes {1} a gilted cuff size Federal eagle "C" {2} a gilted cuff size New York State Seal {3} a highly gilted Federal eagle "I" and {4} a crisp, chocolate brown Federal Navy - all in a glass display case.--$95.SOLD

  7. Excavated, coat size, Federal Navy button.  The face has about 90% bright gold gilt, and the reverse is backmarked "Waterbury Scovill & Co".  The shank is missing which is likely why the button was lost.  You couldn't hope to find a button with a more beautiful face.--$95.

  8. Very nice condition, excavated, coat size, Connecticut State Seal button.  This button was recovered from a Connecticut Camp on private property in Northern Virginia.  It has crisp detail with gold gilt in the recessed areas.  The reverse is backmarked "R. M. D. C." (Waterbury), and the shank remains perfectly intact.--$75.

  9. Excavated, silvered, coat size, one piece, NY State Militia button.  This button is a very early 1820 - 1840 era NY Militia button and was recovered from 1863 NY Camps near Chattanooga, TN.  It is missing the shank but is otherwise a beautiful excavated example.--$65.

  10. Excavated, coat size, Federal Cavalry Officer's button.  It has a smooth, brown patina and crisp detail.  The button was recovered on private property at Gravely Springs, Alabama.--$45.

  11. Beautiful condition, non-excavated, coat size Federal Infantry "I" Officer's button.  The face has 100% bright gold gilt, and the reverse is backmarked "Fine Gold Plate" in a ribbon with an eagle between the ends of the ribbon.  The shank is intact on the reverse.--$45.

  12. eagibtn.JPG (78667 bytes)eagibtnrev.JPG (75208 bytes)Beautiful condition non-excavated coat size Federal Infantry Officer Eagle "I" button.  It has 100 % bright gold gilt, and is backmarked "D. Evans - Attleboro", and has the shank intact and straight.  Just a choice button.--$35.
  13. Beautiful condition excavated coat size Federal eagle "I" Infantry officer with lots of original gold gilt.  This was recovered on private property at Shiloh many, many years ago.--$38.
  14. Coat size non-excavated Federal Navy button.  "Waterbury" backmark and shank intact.--$45.
  15. Excellent condition excavated coat size Federal eagle Staff Officer's button.  It has crisp detail and the eagle is surrounded by gold gilt.  This was recovered about 40 years ago on private property near Chickamauga.--$38.
  16. Beautiful condition excavated gilted coat size Federal Infantry Officer's button.  This button has a "Goddard" backmark and was recovered about 40 years ago on private property near Shiloh.--$38.
  17. Excellent Condition Non-Excavated large coat size Gilted Eagle "I" - Federal Infantry Officer's Button.  It has 100% bright gold gilt with a " Waterbury" backmark.-- $38.
  18. Beautiful condition excavated coat size gilted Federal Infantry Officer's Button.  This button was recovered by Dr. Rees Buttram on private property in Chickamauga, GA.  Both the Eagle and the letter "I" are outlined with with bright gold gilt.--$38.
  19. 2ibut.JPG (75340 bytes)2ibutrev.JPG (73425 bytes)Pair {coat and cuff} of beautiful condition excavated "Gilted" Federal Infantry Officer's buttons.  These were recovered in the late 1960s from private property at Shiloh by Dr. Rees Buttram.  Just really, really pretty.--$48. for the pair
  20. gilteagi.JPG (62806 bytes)gilteagirev.JPG (68883 bytes)Absolutely beautiful coat size non-excavated Federal eagle "I" Infantry officer's button.  This button has 100% bright gold gilt and is backmarked "D. Evans - Attleboro, Mass."  You won't see a finer example.--$25.
  21. beautynavy.JPG (66863 bytes)beautynavyrev.JPG (64749 bytes)This is the most beautiful excavated 18mm Union Navy button that you ever could hope to recover.  The face has gold gilt dripping off it, sharp crisp detail, and perfect reverse with shank intact.--$85.
  22. ordbutton.JPG (39611 bytes)ordbuttonrev.JPG (67454 bytes)Smooth chocolate brown excavated cuff size ordnance button.  This is a real nice button with no dents and shank intact and straight.--$175.
  23. nicemich.JPG (83502 bytes)nicemich.JPG (86046 bytes)mintmichbk.JPG (44017 bytes)This is a really nice gilted coat size Michigan State Seal button and is much prettier than most recovered now.  The button is solid as a rock with no dents, or cracks, and gold gilt dripping off it.  The face has fine detail and the reverse is perfect as well with the correct Civil War "Goddard and Bro." backmark.  The shank is intact but leaning to one side just a bit.  WOW -- What a pretty Michigan.--$275.

 

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