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                             CONFEDERATE  BUTTONS

  1. Very pretty condition excavated coat size Confederate "Lined I" uniform button.  This is a "Superior Quality", and has the shank intact on the reverse. This button was recovered over 30 years ago from a Confederate camp near Fredericksburg, VA.--$195.

  2. Excavated, coat size, Confederate stamped brass, Block "I" (Infantry) uniform button.  This button was recovered from General Lucius Polk's Brigade winter camp located near Tullahoma, Tennessee, during the winter of 1863.  The rusty iron back and the iron shank both remain completely intact which is a rarity with this style button.--$95.

  3. Excellent condition, excavated, one piece, coat size, English "Lion" button.  This button was recovered from General Wharton's 1863 winter camp of the 8th Texas Cavalry.  This camp was located just south of Unionville, Tennessee.--$48.

  4. Beautiful condition, non-excavated, coat size, Confederate manuscript "I".  This is a CS175A2 with the "Halfmann & Taylor - Montgomery Alabam"d".  The misspelling of Alabama is a well known trait of this button.  This is a beautiful example with crisp backmark and shank intact and would be a fine addition to any Civil War collection.(CW)--$325.

  5. Confederate Enlistedman's 21mm button.  This rare button is a cast pewter copy of the Federal Eagle button.  For many years it was thought to be a field molded button, but in more recent years has been determined to be the product of an actual Southern manufacturer.  I personally recovered this button about 30 years ago while relic hunting with Robert McDaniel in an N. B. Forrest Cavalry camp located along the Tallahatchie River in Northern Mississippi.  (I dug a complete Leech & Rigdon CS two-piece that same day!!!)  Most examples of this button are literally crumbling apart, but this button remains stable and solid as a rock.  It is missing the pewter shank which is near 100% the case.(CW)--$125.

  6. Extremely RARE non-excavated CS107A3 - Confederate Coat Size non-excavated Script "A".  This button does actually show field use.--$795.

  7. Beautiful condition, excavated, coat size, "sideways Pelican", Louisiana State Seal.  I personally recovered this button over 40 years ago from an 1863 Louisiana Infantry camp located on private property near Tullahoma, Tennessee.  The button remains solid as a rock and has a "Horstmann & Allien" backmark and shank intact.(CW)--$350.

  8. Absolutely beautiful condition, non-excavated, coat size, Maryland Staff Officer button.  This button has near 100% bright gold gilt and is backmarked, "Waterbury Scovill Mfg Co" in small letters.  The shank remains perfectly intact on the reverse.(CW)--$425.

  9. Very pretty, excavated, coat size, Virginia State Seal uniform button.  This button has a smooth, chocolate brown patina with crisp detail and an RMDC backmark of "William H. Smith - New York".  It was recovered near Fredericksburg, Virginia.  The shank remains perfectly intact as well.(CW)--$250.

  10. Beautiful condition, excavated, coat size, Mississippi "Militia" button.  This is an MP5A with the plain star and the word "Mississippi" perimetering the outside edge.  I personally recovered this button about 40 years ago from a Mississippi campsite located near Tullahoma, Tennessee.  This button remains absolutely solid as a rock.--$850.

  11. Very attractive, excavated, coat size, Confederate lined "C".  This Confederate Cavalry button is a CS127A1 in Albert and was recovered over 30 years ago from a Confederate camp near Richmond, Virginia.  It has a smooth, chocolate patina on the face and shank intact and "Superior Quality" backmark on the reverse.--$295.SOLD

  12. This is one of the top tier, rarest of all excavated Confederate buttons and is the coat size, sailing ship, CSN and is a CS68A in Albert with the "E. M. Lewis/Richmond" backmark.  This button was recovered about 40 years ago from a Confederate camp on private property in Fredericksburg, Virginia.  The button has very nice detail with the ship clear as a bell and the CSN beneath easily legible.  The reverse of the button has a good size plug of original Civil War thread still in the shank.  Although the button has beautiful detail, there is a slight press on the mast of the ship.  It has been a long, long time since I have had one of these to offer. (CW)--$1,850.

  13. Absolutely drop-dead beautiful condition, non-excavated, coat size, Confederate stippled "A" (Artillery) button.  This button has a nice aging tone patina with excellent detail and "H T & B --MANCHESTER" backmark.  This is a 25mm button and is CS101A in Albert and displays about as nice as you could hope for (CW).--$425.SOLD

  14. Absolutely drop dead perfect and beautiful non-excavated coat size Confederate stippled Old English "E" (Engineer).  This button literally has 100 % bright gold gilt - "H. T. & B. - Manchester" Backmark - and shank straight and intact.  It is "CS153A" in Albert.   I recently saw one of these sell for $2,000. - and was not one bit nicer than this one.--$1,450.

  15. Absolutely beautiful, excavated, coat size, CS41A in Albert.  This button was recovered about 40 years ago from 1863 Confederate camps along Duck River near Shelbyville, Tennessee.  The detail of the button is crisp as can be and outlined with gold gilt.  It is one of the few Confederate local Staff Officer buttons with the Eagle looking to the right and a circular laurel wreath in his left talon.  A good many early button collectors believe this button to be a product of "C. Rouyer/NO".  There is some gold gilt remaining on the reverse also.  The shank is missing which is typical with this particular button.  It would be difficult to find a prettier example of this style Staff.--$395.

  16. Very pretty condition, excavated, extremely rare, coat size, Confederate block "I" with the "I" surrounded by ten 5-point stars.  This is CS186 in Albert and has a brass face with a tin/iron back.  This is a button that is extremely difficult to find in nice condition, and usually the stars can barely be seen if at all.  On this example, the stars can be seen from across the room, and the rusty iron back remains intact along with the iron shank.  A nice example seldom seen offered for sale.--$395.

  17. Absolutely mint beautiful condition, non-excavated, cuff size, Confederate States Navy button.  This button has virtually 100% bright gold gilt, shank intact, and "Treble Gilt" backmark.  You won't find a more perfect example.--$595.

  18. Absolutely beautiful condition, excavated, coat size, LA8, Confederate Local Louisiana State Seal.  This beautiful button was recovered from General Hardee's 1862 - 1863 winter camps around Tullahoma, Tennessee.  Several rectangular Louisiana buckles were recovered from this same camp.  This excellent button has a flawless, smooth, chocolate brown face with gold outlining the detail and a perfect reverse with gold in the depressed channel and shank intact.--$395.

  19. Excavated, coat size, Georgia State Seal.  Very attractive face with a smooth, brown patina and gold gilt nicely outlining the detail.  The reverse was pushed in some when found and has had some stabilization work.  It has Mintzer backmark with shank intact.--$195.

  20. Nice, solid, excavated, Confederate "Droop Wing Eagle" Staff Officer's button.  This is a CS26B in Albert and is in very solid condition with no dents and shank remaining intact.  This is a Confederate Local and was recovered about 30 years ago by Kenny Banks from General Hardee's 1863 Confederate winter camps near Tullahoma, Tennessee.--$275.

  21. Very pretty collection of both Union and Confederate Civil War buttons assembled during the mid-1960's and consisting of 12 buttons with each being from a different battlefield.  Included in the collection is an excellent, E.M. Lewis backmarked coat size Confederate "I" - a coat size North Carolina State Seal - coat size Eagle "R" (Rifleman) - Rhode Island State Seal - New York State Seal - and numerous other more common buttons.  This collection was assembled over 50 years ago and is presented extremely well and is now yellowing with age.  The entire grouping has been verified by a Notary Public.--$595. for the entire collection.SOLD

  22. Excavated, cuff size, VA13A4, Virginia State Seal.  This button has a smooth chocolate patina with a little gold gilt perimetering the figures.  It has a backmark of, "Schuyler H & G/N Y".  This button was recovered over 30 years ago from a Virginia Infantry camp located near Winchester, Virginia.  This is a cuff size, Virginia State Seal that you rarely encounter.  It remains in very solid and uncleaned condition.--$150.

  23. Excavated, coat size, South Carolina State Seal.  This button was recovered many years ago from the position of Gen. Managault's South Carolinians on private property here at Stones River.  The location where this button was found is now under a giant hospital.  The button has a smooth, chocolate brown patina with good detail of the Palmetto tree on the face, but appears to have been stepped on and is somewhat flattened.  The button has a "Waterbury Scovill" RMDC backmark.--$125.

  24. Beautiful condition, non-excavated, cuff size, VA13, Virginia State Seal uniform button.  The button has a rich, aged patina with some gilt remaining and shank intact.--$195.

  25. Non-excavated, coat size, 2-piece, Virginia State Seal uniform button.  This is a VA15B with a Horstmann & Allien - NY backmark.  The button remains in very nice condition with a rich, aged, bronze/brown patina.  The reverse has the shank remaining perfectly intact.--$250.

  26. Excavated, coat size, Virginia State Seal uniform button.  This button was recovered on private property near Chickamauga, Georgia.  The button has traces of gold gilt around the figure but is unfortunately pressed a bit in the center.  The shank is still filled with Civil War thread.  The button has an RMDC Scovill backmark.--$125.

  27. Two absolutely beautiful excavated floral buttons recovered from an Alabama Cavalry camp located near Midland, TN.  Each has nice gold gilt and excellent detail with both shanks intact.  They are preserved in a nice glass riker mount display case.  For both buttons and display case.--$45.

  28. Absolutely drop dead beautiful excavated cuff size Virginia.  The button has 70 % to 80 % bright gold gild - super sharp detail - "Extra Quality" backmark, and the shank is intact.  This was recovered about 40 years ago from a Confederate camp on private property just North of New Market, VA.--$195.

  29. Very pretty excavated coat size Virginia State Seal uniform button.  This button was recovered over 40 years ago from a Virginia Infantry camp on private property near Fredericksburg, VA.  The button has nice detail, and a smooth chocolate brown patina with traces of gold gilt around the figures.  It has a "Horstmann and Allien" backmark with the shank intact.--$195.

  30. Beautiful condition, non-excavated, vest size, South Carolina State Seal.  This button has near 100% bright gold gilt with shank intact on the reverse and a "Horstmann" backmark on the reverse.  This would be a very nice addition to any South Carolina collection.--$95.

  31. Really pretty, non-excavated, coat size, "CSA", with Superior Quality backmark.  It has a rich, aged, never cleaned, bronze patina with shank intact and the correct "Superior Quality" backmark.--$250.

  32. Gorgious pair of excavated coat or shell jacket size gilted floral buttons.  These buttons were recovered many years ago from the "spring of 1863" camp of Wharton's 8th Texas Cavalry located near Unionville, TN.  Both buttons are perfect, beautiful, and are displayed in a glass riker box.--$45. complete in display case

  33. Extremely rare, 100% gold gilted, Confederate Staff Officer CS36A1.  I don't see how this button could possibly be any nicer.  The face is flawless with 100% bright gold gilt, and the reverse remains perfect as well and is marked, "H. T. & B. Manchester".  This is a Confederate button that you will NEVER, EVER need to upgrade.--$1,150.

  34. Excavated, 2-piece, Confederate Block "I" (Infantry) button.  This button has a smooth, chocolate brown patina with the rusty iron reverse still intact.  It was recovered from General Lucius Polk's 1862 - 1863 winter Brigade camp located near Tullahoma, Tennessee.  This button was recovered only a couple of days ago.--$85.

  35. Excavated, coat size, Confederate Local, North Carolina State Seal.  This button was recovered from a Confederate camp on private property near Fayetteville, North Carolina.  It is solid as a rock with a smooth, chocolate brown patina and shank intact.  There is one very lightly pushed area that keeps the button from being 100% spectacular, but it is still a very pretty North Carolina, coat size Confederate Local.--$125.

  36. Very attractive, excavated, coat size, Confederate droop-wing Eagle Staff Officer button.  This button was recovered from Gen. Hardee's 1863 Army of Tennessee winter camps located around Tullahoma, Tennessee.  It has a smooth, brown patina with no dents and slight traces of gold gilt.  The reverse has the typical Confederate local depressed channel, and the iron shank remains perfectly intact.  This would be a quality addition to any Confederate collection.--$225.

  37. Absolutely mint, beautiful condition, non-excavated, vest size, South Carolina State Seal uniform buttons.  The button faces are all perfect with 100% bright, gold gilt.  The buttons have a "Horstmann & Allien - New York" backmark with shanks perfectly intact.  You could not hope to find more perfect examples.--$125 each, or 3 for $300.

  38. Quite rare and nice example excavated CS26B coat size Confederate staff officer button.  This rare button was recovered by Kenny Banks about 20 years ago from Gen. Hardee's 1863 Army of Tennessee winter camps around Tullahoma, TN.  In one of these camps alone Kenny and I recovered over 65 marked Confederate manufactured buttons and 16 Confederate manufactured plates.  This pretty button has gold gilt in the recessed areas on the face, and gold gilt in the channel on the reverse.  This is a sweetheart of a CS button with even the iron shank intact on the reverse.--$250.

  39. 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.

  40. Very pretty condition and excavated many years ago at Chancellorsville, VA.  It is a coat size, VA13A1, with rmdc, "Scovill Mfg Co. Waterbury CT".  This button has a beautiful chocolate brown patina with the figures completely outlined in gold gilt.  The reverse has shank intact.--$275.

  41. Excavated, coat size, Louisiana State Seal Pelican button.  This button has 90% bright gold gilt on the face, but unfortunately, the back was out when recovered.  If you have an extra Confederate back, this Louisiana could easily be restored to a top shelf, gilted Louisiana State Seal button.--$225.

  42. Excavated, coat size, Confederate Droop Wing Eagle Staff Officer's button.  This is a CS26A and has a smooth, chocolate brown patina with hints of gold gilt remaining.--$195.

  43. Extremely rare to recover - Coat size lined Script "C" - Confederate Cavalry Officer's button.  This button was recovered from a Confederate trash pit located on private property near Savannah, GA.  The button has quite a bit of pitting/ground action due to the corossive trash pit conditions, but remains solid with no dents or cracks, and still has the shank intact.  Even though there is some pitting the button displays nicely, and is one that is very rarely recovered.  I just tonight saw one of these priced at $1,450. - SO here is a SUPER GOOD BUY !!!--$425.

  44. Absolutely beautiful condition pair of coat size, super rare, Confederate Officer buttons (CS41A).  These two Confederate Officer buttons were turned into cuff links following the war and were purchased at a Mobile, Alabama, estate sale about 30 years ago.  Each button retains 90+% original bright gold gilt.  Each of these uniform buttons would sell for well over $2,000 if they had been left in their original state as buttons.  Now as a pair, and both in stunning condition--$1,950. for both.

  45. Nice, solid, excavated, coat size, Mississippi "I" (Infantry) uniform button.  This button was recovered several years ago from a Mississippi Infantry camp located along Duck River near Shelbyville, Tennessee.  This camp was occupied during the winter and spring of 1862 - 1863.  The button has a smooth, chocolate patina with no dents and has the shank intact on the reverse.  It is backmarked, "Hyde & Goodrich, N.O."  It is solid as can be and has very pleasing eye appeal.--$275.

  46. Extremely rare, non-excavated, 100% gilted, 15MM, VA20 - Virginia State Seal, cuff size button with the super sought after "Mitchel & Tyler/Richmond, VA" backmark.  This beautiful button has a deep, sharp backmark, straight shank, and an original piece of butternut cloth still with it.  This was purchased out of a Richmond, Virginia, estate many, many years ago.  This is one very tight button that you will not see offered very often.--$295.

  47. Beautiful condition, excavated, gilted, Confederate used, floral button, and also an intricately carved, .69 cal. musket ball.  Both these nice artifacts were recovered from the 1863 winter camp of the 8th Texas Cavalry located near Unionville, Tennessee.  Both artifacts are presented in a glass display case.--$75 for both.

  48. Excavated, coat size, South Carolina State Seal uniform button.  This button has a smooth, chocolate brown patina with some slight traces of silver surrounding the Palmetto tree.  It has a Waterbury - Scovill, RMDC backmark and shank is intact.  This button was recovered from General Manigault's 1863 South Carolina winter camp near Unionville, Tennessee.  The button has nice detail and remains solid as a rock.--$175.

  49. Very nice, excavated, coat size, Droop Wing Eagle, Confederate Staff Officer button.  The button has a smooth, chocolate brown patina on the face with no dents or cracks whatsoever.  The reverse is the depressed channel Confederate Local.  Rusty iron stubs remain of what was once the iron shank.  This button was recovered many years ago from the 1863 winter camp of the 1st Alabama Cavalry.  This is about as nice an example as you could hope to dig.--$225.

  50. Excellent condition, excavated, coat size, droop wing Eagle, Confederate Staff Officer button.  This is a coat size, CS22 in Albert and a Confederate Local back with an iron shank which has rusted away.  This button remains just as dug with the woods mulch still stuck to it and hasn't even been rinsed off.--$195.

  51. Mint, beautiful condition, non-excavated, coat size, "C.S.A.", Confederate officer's button.  This button retains near 100% bright gold gilt with shank intact on the reverse, and backmarked "Superior Quality".--$250.

  52. Beautiful condition, matching coat and cuff, Georgia State Seal uniform buttons.  These two buttons came out of an estate and are said to be hand-me-downs off the same uniform.  Both buttons are perfect with near 100% gold gilt.  The coat size is backmarked, "Horstmann & Allien/NY", and the cuff size has a "Mintzer" backmark.  This Georgia two button set makes a fantastic display.--$350. for both buttons.

  53. Absolutely beautiful condition, non-excavated, coat size, Confederate Officer "CSA" button.  This is a CS81-B in Albert, the reverse is backmarked "Superior Quality," and the shank remains perfectly intact.--$225.

  54. Absolutely beautiful condition, non-excavated, coat size, Confederate Officer "CSA" button.  This is a CS81-B in Albert, the reverse is backmarked "Superior Quality," and the shank remains perfectly intact.--$225.

  55. 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 CS button to recover.--$350.SOLD

  56. 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.

  57. 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.

  58. 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.

  59. 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.

  60. 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.

  61. 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.

  62. 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.

  63. 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.

  64. 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.

  65. 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}
  66. 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.
  67. 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.
  68. 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.
  69. 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.
  70. 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.
  71. 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.
  72. 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.
  73. 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.
  74. 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. Very pretty condition excavated matching set - nicely gilted coat and cuff Mass. State Seal Federal uniform buttons.  These were recovered from a Mass. winter camp in Northern VA.--$75. for both-SOLD

  2. Really pretty cased set of three coat size, excavated, Federal buttons all recovered on private property here at the Battle of Stones River.  All three buttons have beautiful gold gilt, and all have shanks intact.  Two of the buttons are Infantry Officer buttons, and one is a Staff Officer button.--$85. for all three.

  3. Excavated, great coat size, nicely gilted, Eagle "I" (Infantry) Officer uniform button.  This button was recovered many years ago on private property here at the Battle of Stones River.--$35.

  4. Extremely rare, non-excavated, coat size, Charlotte Military Institute, Charlotte, North Carolina button.  This is "SU 55" in Albert and has a RMDC backmark of "Scovill Mfg Co/Waterbury".  This is an extremely rare Confederate used North Carolina Civil War button to come by in non-dug state with 90% bright gold gilt.  I do not recall ever having one of these non-dug before.(CW)--$795.

  5. Rare one-piece excavated Navy button that was recovered from an 1863 Confederate Army of Tennessee winter camp here in Middle Tennessee.  I think this is a 1795 - 1812 English BNH7 in Albert, but I'm not 100 % sure.  I'm sure that it is VERY early though, and has nice gold gilt in all the right places.--$48.

  6. Excavated, coat size Rhode Island State Seal Civil War uniform button.  This beautiful button was recovered about 40 years ago on private property near Fredericksburg, Virginia.  It has 90% bright gold gilt with Waterbury Scovill backmark and shank intact.  It would be very hard to recover a nicer button than this is.(CW)--$125.SOLD

  7. Very pretty, excavated, coat size, Wisconsin State Seal Staff Officer's button.  This button was recovered over 30 years ago on private property here at Stones River.  It has about 70% bright gold gilt with an Extra Quality backmark and shank intact.  It is very rare now-a-days to recover a Civil War button with this much gold gilt.(CW)--$195.SOLD

  8. Beautiful condition, excavated, coat size Connecticut State Seal.  This button was recovered over 40 years ago from near Charleston, South Carolina.  It is flawless with 70% bright gold gilt - Steele & Johnson backmark and shank intact.(CW)--$85.

  9. Very pretty collection of both Union and Confederate Civil War buttons assembled during the mid-1960's and consisting of 12 buttons with each being from a different battlefield.  Included in the collection is an excellent, E.M. Lewis backmarked coat size Confederate "I" - a coat size North Carolina State Seal - coat size Eagle "R" (Rifleman) - Rhode Island State Seal - New York State Seal - and numerous other more common buttons.  This collection was assembled over 50 years ago and is presented extremely well and is now yellowing with age.  The entire grouping has been verified by a Notary Public.--$950. for the entire collection.

  10. Absolutely flawless beautiful, non-excavated, coat size, Federal "C" (Cavalry) button.  This button has very near 100% bright gold gilt and has a "Waterbury Scovill" backmark with shank intact and straight.  You won't find a more perfect example.--$95. 

  11. Very attractive, small collection of excavated, rarer cuff size Civil War issue Federal uniform buttons.  This group of buttons consists of a gilted cuff size Federal Navy, a gilted Connecticut State Seal, a gilted Massachusetts State Seal, a gilted Eagle "I" (Infantry) officer's button, a gilted cuff size Vermont State Seal, and an extremely rare, excavated cuff size Eagle "V" uniform button.  This group of six rare Civil War cuff size buttons is displayed in a glass riker case.  Entire collection -- $195.

  12. Beautiful condition, excavated, vest size, Federal Navy button.  This beautiful button was recovered about 30 years ago from Charleston, South Carolina, and was the "extra" button on a small loop sewn inside the uniform.  The button has a "Waterbury" backmark with lots of gold gilt even on the reverse and shank intact.--$45.

  13. Beautiful condition, non-excavated, coat size, gilted Eagle "D" (Dragoon) button.  This button has a rare "Extra Rich Robinson" backmark and retains over 90% original bright gold gilt with shank perfectly intact on the reverse.--$175.

  14. Very pretty, non-excavated, coat size, Eagle "R" (Rifleman) uniform button.  This button has over 90% bright gold gilt and is RMDC and is backmarked Horstmann Bro & Allien NY, and the shank remains perfectly intact.--$95.

  15. Excellent condition, non- excavated, coat size, Federal Eagle "C" (Cavalry) uniform button.  This button has over 90% original bright gold gilt and a very rare RMDC "Canfield Bros. Baltimore" backmark.  This button is about as pretty as they get !!--$95.

  16. Cased set of four excavated, Federal uniform buttons consisting of a coat size New York, a cuff size New York, a coat size Federal Infantry officer, and a cuff size Federal Infantry officer.  These buttons were all recovered from General Joe Hooker's 1863 camps near Chattanooga, Tennessee.  All four buttons have varying degrees of gold gilt remaining.--$55. for all four buttons and case.

  17. Beautiful condition, excavated, 1812 - 1815, one-piece Script "I" (Infantry) uniform button.  These buttons pre-date the Civil War by almost 50 years, but apparently some Confederates were wearing buttons from their father's or grandfather's early uniforms.  This button was recovered from an 1862 - 1863 Army of Tennessee winter Infantry camp.  This example is in perfect condition with shank intact.--$95.

  18. Absolutely beautiful, excavated, coat size, Federal "C" (Cavalry) Officer's button.  This button has about 70% bright gold gilt, crisp detail, and almost no ground action.  The backmark is "Horstmann Alien - New York", and the shank remains intact but is bent over.--$75.

  19. Absolutely beautiful excavated Coat size New York State Seal 3-piece Uniform button.  This was recovered on private property about 50 years ago from Gen. Hooker's camps near Tiftonia (near Chattanooga, TN.)--$48.

  20. Extremely rare and in drop-dead beautiful condition, excavated, Federal "cape hook".  This cape hook was recovered during the mid-1960's from a Federal camp located just north of Fredericksburg, Virginia.  The button portion of the cape hook itself is a cuff size Eagle "I" and has 90% bright gold gilt.  The hook remains perfect and is sharp as a needle.  The cape hook has the extremely rare backmark reading, "Pat. July 29, 1862", and that remains perfectly legible.--$325.

  21. Beautiful condition, non-excavated, coat size, Eagle "R" (Rifleman) Officer's button.  This button has 100% bright gold gilt remaining with the shank intact on the reverse and is backmarked, "Horstmann and Allien - NY".--$95.

  22. Beautiful condition, non-excavated, cuff size, Eagle "A" (Artillery) with Horstmann backmark and 100% bright gold gilt.--$25.

  23. Absolutely mint beautiful condition, non-excavated, coat size Eagle "R" (Rifleman) button.  This button retains literally 100% bright gold gilt and is backmarked, "Waterbury/Extra Button Co."  The shank remains perfectly intact.--$95.

  24. Very nice condition, excavated, coat size, three piece, New York Staff button.  This button was recovered from General Joe Hooker's New York Infantry camps located in Wauhatchie Valley near Chattanooga, Tennessee.  The face has crisp detail, a chocolate brown patina, and nice gold gilt.--$48.

  25. Absolutely flawless, beautiful, non-excavated, great coat size, Federal Eagle "C" (Cavalry) button.  This button has 100% bright gold gilt with shank perfect and intact and rare "Treble Gilt" backmark.--$89.

  26. Absolutely flawless perfect, great coat size, gilted, Federal Eagle "D" (Dragoon) uniform button.  This button has 100% bright gold gilt with shank perfect and intact, and is backmarked, "Mintzer - Phila."--$175.

  27. Beautiful condition, non-excavated, coat size, Eagle "C" (Cavalry) uniform button.  The button retains 90% bright gold gilt on the face and has a Waterbury Scovill backmark on the reverse with the shank remaining intact.  This is an excellent coat size Federal Cavalry button.--$75.

  28. Beautiful condition non-excavated coat size Federal Cavalry Officer Eagle "C" button.  It has 100 % bright gold gilt, and is backmarked "Scovill Mfg. Co. - Waterbury", and has the shank intact and straight.  Just a choice button.--$75.

  29. Case containing "7" beautifully gilted non-excavated Federal cuff size gilted standard eagle buttons that would be correct for the cuffs of a Federal Enlistedman's frock coat or would also be correct for use up the front of a Federal Cavalry or Artillery shell jacket.  These are extremely reasonably priced, and would be a great idea to pick them up and store them back for when needed.-- Only $125. for the entire case of buttons.

  30. Really pretty non-excavated coat size Federal Staff Officer's button.  The button has a a rich - never cleaned aged patina with "Extra Quality" backmark, and shank intact.--$45.

  31. Grouping of four Civil War and earlier buttons consisting of:  one excavated, coat size, 1820 Era, one piece Eagle on cannon button, one excavated, highly gilted, cuff size, US Staff button, one excavated, cuff size, US Artillery button, and one non-excavated, cuff size, Eagle "A" (artillery) button with 100% bright gold gilt.--$95. for the case and all four buttons.

  32. Quite rare to recover, coat size, "U.S.M.A." cadet button (West Point).  This button has a smooth, brown patina with nice detail and about 20% bright gold gilt.  It has a "Waterbury Button Co." backmark and shank intact.  It does, unfortunately, have a small dent beside the eagle near the rim.  It still displays very nicely.--$89.

  33. Unusual to come by, non-excavated, gilted, coat size, Connecticut National Guard Staff "C.N.G."  This is the pattern of this button that is occasionally recovered from Civil War camp sites.  This example has near 100% bright gold gilt, a "Waterbury Scovill" backmark, and has the early style narrow lock rim.--$65.

  34. Pair of non-excavated and beautifully gilted, Federal, great coat size buttons.  One of the buttons is a gilted Federal Infantry Officer's button with Waterbury backmark, and the other is a quite rare, HEAVILY GILTED, D. Evans backmark, Federal general service Eagle button.--$65 for the pair.

  35. Excellent condition display consisting of a coat size, non-excavated, Federal Infantry Officer Eagle "I" button and a matching non-excavated, cuff size, Officer Eagle "I" button.  Also included is a coat size, non-excavated Enlistedman's Eagle button and a cuff size, non-excavated Enlistedman's Eagle button.--$55. for all four.

  36. Excellent condition, non-excavated, coat size, Federal Navy button.  The face has near 100% bright gold gilt, and the reverse has an R.M.D.C. backmark of "Horstmann and Alien".  The shank remains perfectly intact on the reverse.--$75.

  37. Extremely rare, cuff size, non-excavated, Federal Topographical Engineer button with 100% bright gold gilt on the face and shank intact on the reverse.  This button is backmarked, "Robinsons/Extra".  In 40 years, I have only had three non-excavated, cuff size, Topographical Engineer buttons.--$350.

  38. Really pretty grouping of four excavated cuff size buttons - ALL RETAINING NICE GOLD GILT - The grouping consists of a gilted Federal enlistedman's eagle button (rare to dig with nice gilt) - a pretty gilted eagle Infantry Officer - a nicely gilted Federal Staff Officer - and a gilted Confederate Floral.  All are presented in a glass riker display case.--$79. for all

  39. Beautiful condition non-excavated coat size Federal Staff Officer's button.  It has near 100 % bright gold gilt - "Extra Quality" backmark - and shank intact.--$45.

  40. Quite rare to find - Beautiful condition non-excavated coat size "Excelsior - New Yok State National Guard".  I don't think that I have ever seen a nicer example.--$75.

  41. Excavated, coat-size, Eagle "D" (Dragoon) button.  This was recovered from the 1862 - 1863 winter camp of Lucius Polk's Army of Tennessee Brigade winter quarters located near Tullahoma, TN.--$75.

  42. Quite rare, non-excavated, two-piece, flat "Ancient and Honorable Artillery - 1638" button.  This is a Massachusetts Artillery unit and is among the oldest military organizations in the nation.  The button has the inscription, "A & H A " above and "1638" below.  It has near 100% bright gold gilt with shank intact on the reverse.  This is an MS47A in Albert and is a virtually perfect example.--$175.

  43. Very rare, and beautiful condition non-excavated cuff size "Goodyear's Patent" HARD RUBBER Federal Eagle Button.  These are believed to have been used by Federal Sharp Shooters to prevent the sparkle of gilted brass buttons to give the Sharp Shooter's position away.--$225.

  44. Absolutely beautiful, non-excavated, coat size, New Hampshire Volunteer Militia uniform button.  This button has literally 100% bright gold gilt on the face, and the reverse is backmarked "D Evans and Co - Attleboro, Mass" (in a ribbon).  The original shank remains intact and straight.--$75.

  45. Excellent condition, non-excavated, coat size, Pennsylvania National Guard.  It is in perfect condition with near 100% bright gold gilt.  This button has a late war backmark of "Horstmann NY & Philada."  A quite rare and beautiful button at a great price.--$125.

  46. 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.

  47. 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.

  48. 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.

  49. 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.

  50. 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.

  51. 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.--$38.
  52. 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.
  53. 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.
  54. 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.
  55. 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
  56. 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.

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