The Civil War Relicman,
USA (changed hands 70 times in the Civil War!).
Ridgeway Reference Archive, Civil War relics.
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 original and authentic
to the Civil War or as otherwise described.
Any excavated relics have been recovered from private property with owners
Any artillery or ordnance relics have been
disarmed and rendered safe.
Any weapons are pre 1898 antique weapons,
and are exempt from Federal regulation, no licenses or permits are required.
This information is
available for research purposes, pictures may be used by permission only.
Infantry officer uniform, 1840's.
Infantry officer jacket is double breasted, there are ten silver eagle I buttons
down each side. The flaps were designed to either overlap or fold back
thus exposing all 20 buttons. Collar is silver braided two small buttons
adorned each collar. The sleeve is tapered, two more small buttons on each
sleeve. The tails on the back each contain a silver braided infantry
insignia, and 8 coat size buttons.
This jacket was recovered from an attic from Fauquier County, Virginia.
The modern owner contacted me to sell a few "old" buttons that had been removed
from a moth ridden jacket that was "no good". Some of the buttons were cut
from the cloth and the tails were cut, presumably to "save" the braided
infantry insignias. Once explained that the jacket was potentially more
historically important and valuable than the buttons, it was literally retrieved
from the plastic bag being left for trash pickup! The jacket does indeed have
moth damage, and the butchery job of removing the buttons further damaged it.
However the cloth is solid showing little wear and the stitching is fully
intact. This jacket can be fully restored and what an impressive thing it
is, this dark blue double breasted jacket with 36 silver buttons.
The jacket has spots for 36 buttons, 35 were recovered, one is missing.
There were 28 coat size, 10 down each side of the double breast, and 8 on the
tails. There were 8 small size, four on the collars and four on the
sleeves. These buttons are all matching, all have shanks, they are low
convex eagle I buttons, with Young Smith , New York backmarks, these were
manufactured before 1845 based on what we know about the button maker. The
buttons are fully silvered, and appear black. Two were polished by the
owner for photography, the rest as as found. The black is silver tarnish
and the two that are polished can be re-tarnished easily enough or all of them
can be cleaned and polished.
Infantry officer jacket, as found, with 35 silvered eagle I buttons.