The Civil War Relicman,
Harry Ridgeway.

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

relicman.com.


Ridgeway Reference Archive, Civil War buttons.
Federal diplomat buttons.

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.



Diplomat button, eagle facing right with arrows and olive branch  (21mm)
Button depicts eagle is facing right, relaxed wing, arrows in right talon, olive branch in the left.  There may be a backmark, can see faint indication of lettering, double solid ring inside, style of manufacturing suggests 1820's or 1830's.  Albert tentatively indentified as a button issued to diplomats, although it should be noted that most patterns of diplomat buttons included stars, the national motto, and the eagle is usually facing the olive branch and not the arrows, which is the point of diplomacy.  This button has none of the usual symbolism, but is patriotic, and so identification is tentative. 
Ref: Albert OD10, Tice not listed.

B6015     Diplomat button, eagle facing right with arrows and olive branch  (21mm)
Dug button, recovered: Thornburg, Virginia.


Diplomat button, eagle with USA, 13 stars, Boggett, (21.1mm)
Button depicts patriotic symbolism, USA, eagle, and 13 stars and was intended for diplomats.  The diplomatic service was not a uniformed service per se, but they did wear uniforms when appropriate for certain official visits.  Buttons from the diplomatic service are quite rare, were loosely regulated and any buttons are rare.  Backmark: "G & W BOGGETT & CO. /(dot)  ST MARTINS LANE (dot) / LONDON" dm middle solid line, this maker operated from 1826 to 1843 at this address, (Boggett01).  Two part low convex button, coat size
Ref: Albert OD17.

B5347     Diplomat button, eagle with USA, 13 stars, Boggett, (21.1mm)


Diplomat button, eagle facing right to olive branch, arrows in left talon, 13 stars above, one part flat button, (24mm)
Button depicts diplomatic symbolism, eagle, is facing olive branch with 13 stars and was intended for diplomats.  The diplomatic service was not a uniformed service per se, but they did wear uniforms when appropriate for certain official visits.  Buttons from the diplomatic service are quite rare, were loosely regulated and any buttons are rare.  Backmark: blank back, one part flat button manufactured before 1820, (Blank100Pre1820).  One part flat button, large coat.
Ref: Albert OD5.

B6619     Diplomat button, eagle facing right to olive branch, arrows in left talon, 13 stars above, one part flat button, (24mm)
Dug button, recovered: not known.


Diplomat button, eagle in flight facing right to olive branch, bolts of lightning in left talon, one part flat button, (24mm)
Button depicts diplomatic symbolism, eagle, is facing olive branch and was intended for diplomats.  The diplomatic service was not a uniformed service per se, but they did wear uniforms when appropriate for certain official visits.  Buttons from the diplomatic service are quite rare, were loosely regulated and any buttons are rare.  Backmark: blank back, one part flat button manufactured before 1820, (Blank100Pre1820).  One part flat button, large coat.
Ref: Albert O11A.

B6620     Diplomat button, eagle in flight facing right to olive branch, bolts of lightning in left talon, one part flat button, (24mm)
Dug button, recovered: not known.