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 Navy buttons, other patterns, Chief Petty Officer, hard rubber enlisted.

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 Navy button, fouled anchor without eagle, chief petty officer, Scovill Mfg rmdc, (23.5mm)
Button depicts fouled anchor on lined background with rope border, this symbolism was used for buttons issued to Chief Petty Officers, junior officers in the Navy.  This designation was used extensively after the Civil War, and continues in use today, but was infrequently used during the Civil War. 
Backmark:  "SCOVILL MF'G. CO. / (dot) WATERBURY. (dot)" rmdc on a plain field, ca 1850's, (ScovillM250).  Two part convex button, large coat size.
Ref: Albert NA131 , Tice NA236A1.

B4286     Federal Navy button, fouled anchor without eagle, chief petty officer, Scovill Mfg rmdc, (23.5mm)
 Button depicts fouled anchor on lined background with rope border, this symbolism was used for buttons issued to Chief Petty Officers, junior officers in the Navy.  This designation was used extensively after the Civil War, and continues in use today, but was infrequently used during the Civil War.  Backmark:  "SCOVILL MF'G. CO. / (dot) WATERBURY. (dot)" rmdc on a plain field, ca 1850's, (ScovillM250).  Two part convex button, large coat size.  Nondug button.
Ref: Albert NA131 , Tice NA236A1.


Federal Navy button, USN over fouled anchor, enlisted, one part hard rubber, Novelty Rubber, Goodyear patent 1851, (35mm)
Button depicts USN over three stars and fouled anchor, intended for Navy enlisted.  Backmark: "NOVELTY RUBBER CO. / NEW YORK. / GOODYEAR'S PATENT / 1851." rm used on hard rubber buttons, (Novelty03).  One part hard rubber button, slight concave shape, large coat button with holes to be sewn in lieu of shank.
Ref: Albert NA137, Tice NA 244C1.

B4220     Federal Navy button, USN over fouled anchor, enlisted, one part hard rubber, Novelty Rubber, Goodyear patent 1851, (35mm)
Button depicts USN over three stars and fouled anchor, intended for Navy enlisted.  Backmark: "NOVELTY RUBBER CO. / NEW YORK. / GOODYEAR'S PATENT / 1851." rm used on hard rubber buttons, (Novelty03).  One part hard rubber button, slight concave shape, large coat button with holes to be sewn in lieu of shank.  Nondug button.
Ref: Albert NA137, Tice NA 244C1.