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 infantry one piece buttons, up to1820's generally.

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.



Federal Infantry button, eagle beside shield, one part low convex, solid silver, J Delarue, (21.2mm)
Button depicts eagle beside a shield with "REG'T, intended for infantry officers 1810's to 1820's.  Pattern was intended to have the regiment number inscribed onto the shield.  This jeweler made button appears to be solid silver and was probably custom made as required.  Backmark: "NEW. ORLEANS / J. DELARUE" rm script lettering, between two solid rings, a New Orleans jeweler 1811 to 1824, (Delarue01)One part convex solid silver button, coat size.
Ref: Albert GI, not listed.

B5033     Federal Infantry button, eagle beside shield, one part low convex, solid silver, J Delarue, (21.2mm)
B5033.jpg (30232 bytes) B5033B.jpg (34402 bytes) Ref: Albert GI, not listed.


Federal Infantry button, eagle beside shield, low convex one part Armitage Phila, (22mm)
Button depicts eagle beside a shield with "REG'T, intended for infantry officers 1810's to 1820's.  Pattern was intended to have the regiment number inscribed onto the shield.  Backmark:  "ARMITAGE / PHILa", rm between two raised rings, one part convex button, back is concave, ca 1810's to 1820's, (Armitage01).  One part low convex button, large coat size.
Ref: Albert GI51G.

B4354     Federal Infantry button, eagle beside shield, low convex one part Armitage Phila, (22mm)
 Dug button, recovered: eastern Virginia.


Federal Infantry button, eagle beside shield, flat one part, Armitage Phila, (20.5mm)
Button depicts eagle beside a shield, intended for infantry officers 1810's to 1820's.  Pattern was intended to have the regiment number inscribed onto the shield.  Backmark:  "ARMITAGE / (star) PHILA (star) ", rm inner solid ring, one part flat button, 1820's, (Armitage11).  One part flat button, coat size.
Ref: Albert GI53.

B6140     Federal Infantry button, eagle beside shield, flat one part, Armitage Phila, (20.5mm)
Dug button, recovered: Charles Town, Virginia (now West Virginia) by Brian Irving.
Old Court House Civil War Museum collection.


Federal Infantry button, eagle over flags with "Propatria" and "Infy.", flat one part, blank back with rings, (24mm)
Button depicts eagle beside a shield with "REG'T, intended for infantry officers 1810's to 1820's.  Backmark:  blank back, with concentric rm rings around shank, ca 1820's , (BlankNorth17).  One part flat button, large coat size.
Ref: Albert GI51J1.

B5866     Federal Infantry button, eagle over flags with "Propatria" and "Infy.", flat one part, blank back with rings, (24mm)
 


Federal infantry button, script I over star, one piece flat white metal, blank back, (20.5mm)
Button depicts script with star below in an oval, intended for Infantry enlisted 1810 to 1820. Backmark: blank back, one piece flat button, white metal, 1810 to 1820, (BlankNorth20).  One part flat button, white metal, coat size.
Ref: Albert GI36A3.

B5867     Federal infantry button, script I over star, one piece flat white metal, blank back, (20.5mm)

Federal Infantry or militia button, eagle facing right, beside shield, lined shield with border, flat one part, blank back, (13.8mm)
Button depicts eagle beside a shield, originally intended for infantry 1820's, the shield was left blank, probably intended to have the regiment inscribed, few are inscribed most were relegated to militia use in the 1840's and 1850's.  Backmark blank back, one piece coin style button with fitted skin, (BlankNorth19Small).  One part flat button, hat size.
Ref: Albert GI53, Tice GM206As1.

B5861     Federal Infantry or militia button, eagle facing right, beside shield, lined shield with border, flat one part, blank back, (13.8mm)
Dug button, recovered: Mexican War site in Texas.

B6616     Federal Infantry or militia button, eagle facing right, beside shield, lined shield with border, flat one part, blank back, (13.8mm)
Dug button, recovered: Mexican war sites in Texas.