Buttons

B5013- This beautiful coat size Confederate Lined C cavalry button was dug on the Howlett Line near Chester, VA.  It has a nice brown patina and the shank is still intact, but laid over.  Some of the thread that once attached this button to the coat is still remaining.  This is a locally manufactured button (no backmark). $400     
B4809- This prewar, two-piece Virginia coat button was dug in Cold Harbor, Virginia.  It has about 95% of the silver gilting remaining, and bears the backmark "Wm. H. SMITH & Co NEW YORK."  This is an exquisite button, and would make a choice addition to any collection.  SOLD    
B4811- This is a prime example of a nondug two piece Virginia with the backmark "SCOVILL. MFG. CO. WATERBURY."  There are some small scratches along the outer rim of the back- My interpretation is "H Darll Hays."  Interestingly enough, there was a Harlow Hays who served in the 22nd Virginia Infantry.  $275

B4814- This is a nondug, locally manufactured (no backmark) two-piece Virginia coat button.  There is evidence of a flaw in the mold running perpindicularly down the middle of the button.  In my opinion, this "flaw" gives the button character.  $450
B4816- This nondug Louisiana coat button features the state seal: a mother pelican feeding her young.  The shank is intact, but is flattened on the obverse.  This is a local, and therefore there is no backmark.  $975  
B4818- This CSA button was manufactured by S. Buckley & Co of Birmingham, Alabama.  The shank, though slightly bent, is intact.  Otherwise, this button is in very fine condition.  $800  
B4820- This tinback block I Confederate Infantry button was dug along the site of the Howlett Line near Chester, Virginia.  This line of defenses was part of the entrenchments which helped to "bottle up" General Benjamin Butler's Union army on Bermuda Hundred.  The button has a pleasing brown patina, and the shank is still present. $225
B4822- This tinback block "A" Confederate artillery button was dug along the Howlett Line in Chesterfield County, Virginia.  The face has a mottled, but still attractive, patina, and the back still retains the shank, which is slightly bent.  This button displays well, and would make a nice addition to any collection.  cc053, CS117A.  $175    
B4824- Dug along the Howlett Line in Chesterfield County, Virginia, this V.M.I cadet coat button has at least 25% gold gilting.  The button has a stand-up shank, and the remaining gold is in all the right places, and highights the details nicely.  $350  
B4826- One of the rarest of the Union "eagle" buttons, this is a gutta percha example manufactured by the Goodyear Company.  The backmark on this cuff size button is "Goodyear's P=t. N R Co."  This piece would make a desirable addition to any high-end collection of buttons from the War Between the States.  $375
B4828- This very nice solid-cast Confederate Block I infantry button was dug along the Confederate Howlett Line in Chester, Virginia, and would make a nice addition to any button or general relic collection.  It has a straight, intact shank and an attractive chocolate brown patina.  $145
B4830- Dug along the Howlett Line in Chesterfield County, Virginia, this tinback Confederate block A artillery button is in very good condition.  It is a solid button, with a full back and the shank intact, though bent over.  cc053, CS117A.  $175  
B4832-  This Confederate navy cuff button is a hard one to come by.  Dug in the muck on the north side of the James east of Richmond, this button has a "FINE TREBLE GILT" backmark.  This button would make a very fine and rare addition to any collection.  $550
B4838- Dug in Cold Harbor, Virginia, this attractive solid cast block I Confederate infantry button has a nice green patina. There is a small nick on the back where the digger barely hit the button, but that hardly detracts from the piece, which would make an excellent addition to any collection.  $155  
B4840- This Confederate tinback Block I infantry coat button, dug on the Howlett Line in Cheterfield Co., Virginia, has a nice dark brown patina.  The shank is missing, and there is a small hole where it would have been, but the piece still displays well.  $110  
B4842- Dug in Central Virginia, this is a very crude locally manufactured North Carolina state seal coat button.  The level of craftsmanship evident in this button is typical of the inferiority of some Confederate- manufactured items.  $175 
B4844- Dug along the Howlett Line in Chesterfield County, Virginia, this Confederate Block A artillery coat button is in excellent condition and has a very pretty brown patina. The tinback is complete, and the shank is present, although very slightly bent.  This piece would make a nice addition to any collection.  $175   
B4856- This South Carolina two-piece coat button was dug in Cold Harbor, Virginia.  It is a solid button, but the shank is bent over and there are two pinholes in the back close to the shank.  This is a locally made button, and there is no backmark.  A great button for the beginning or experienced collector...  $125   
B4858- Dug along the Howlett Line in Chesterfield County, Virginia, this early one piece (solid cast) Virginia button has very nice detail.  The backmark on this button is "YOUNG SMITH & CO NEW YORK."  The shank is bent over, but otherwise a very nice button.  $150 
B4862- This attractive prewar one-piece Virginia button was dug along the Howlett Line in Chesterfield County, Virginia.  The backmark is Superior Quality, the shank is straight, and the face has a nice patina.  $175
B4864- This two-piece Connecticut state seal coat button, dug in Cold Harbor, is loaded with gold gilt, and has an intact (though slightly bent) shank.  There is no backmark.  This button would make an excellent addition to any quality button or general relic collection.  $80    
B4866- This beautiful nondug Vermont cuff button has a "SCHULER. H & G. N.Y." backmark and a standup shank.  Overall, it is a perfect button, and it would be tough to upgrade.  $60.00  
Bearing a "SCOVILL MF'G CO. WATERBURY" backmark, this nondug coat size Vermont button is in spectacular condition.  $75
B4872- This Union Eagle I infantry button, dug at Cold Harbor, has gold in all the right places.  Although the shank is bent over, it has an "EXTRA QUALITY" backmark, and displays very nicely.  $20  SOLD
B4870- This eagle I infantry coat button was also dug at Cold Harbor, Virginia, and has a straight shank and some gold around the eagle.  It has an "EXTRA QUALITY" backmark, and displays well.  $20  SOLD   
B5273- This beautiful three piece Louisiana overcoat button, dug along the Howlett Line, is in excellent condition and has some gold highlighting the pelican feeding her young.  The back is complete and the shank is present.  This is a local, and there is no backmark.  $1800      
B5275- This extremely nice two piece Louisiana coat button was also dug along the Howlett Line near Chester, Virginia, and bears the backmark of "Hyde & Goodrich N.O."   This button has gold highligting the pelican and her young, and has a (very slightly bent) shank.  This piece would look good in any collection.  SOLD
B5282- Dug along the Confederate Howlett Line in Chesterfield County, Virginia, this Louisiana local coat button is in very nice condition, and still bears a fair amount of gold gilting.  $700
B5292- This Confederate Script A artillery button, dug along the Howlett Line in Chesterfield County, Virginia, is a local and thus bears no backmark.  The button has a nice chocolate patina, and the shank is intact. A good, solid button...  $450  
B5277- This very nice two piece Confederate lined A artillery button was dug along the Howlett Line near Chester, Va.  It has an attractive dark patina and a stand-up shank, and would make an excellent addition to any button collection .  The backmark is "SUPERIOR QUALITY."  $450   
B5284- Dug along the Howlett Line in Chesterfield County, Virginia, this C.S.A button bears the backmark of "S. BUCKLEY & Co. BIRMINGHAM."  This is a very attractive button, and although the shank is bent over, it still displays very well.  $650  SOLD   
B5294- This two-piece Virginia state seal coat button was dug in the vicinity of the Howlett Line in Chesterfield County, Virginia.  The button has a small amount of gold gilting highlighting Virtus while she tramples Tyrannis.  It bears a backmark of "CANFIELD BRO & CO BALTIMORE," and would add to any collection.  $225
B5280- Dug along the Howlett Line, this Confederate lined A artillery button is in prime condition.  The shank is straight, and there is even some gold gilt remaining on the face.  This is seldom seen on Confederate "letter" buttons.  The backmark is "SUPERIOR QUALITY," and this button would make a quality addition to your collection...  $400
B5242- Dug along the Howlett Line in Chesterfield County, Virginia, this is a stunning specimen of a coat-size Mississippi infantry button.  The backmark on this piece is "HYDE & GOODRICH N.O." The gold is in all the right places, and serves to highlight the details.  
SOLD
B5240- This extremely high quality example of a North Carolina sunburst coat button is missing the shank, but the picture speaks for the beauty of this piece.  It was dug along the Confederate Howlett Line near Chester, Virginia, and would be a choice addition to any high-end button collection.  SOLD  
B5246- ​Dug in the vicinity of the Howlett Line in Chesterfield County, Virginia, this is a very rare Hillsborough Millitary Academy cuff button with the backmark of "SCHULER. H. & G. N.Y."  Although the shank is missing, the face still retains at least 90% gold.  This button would make an excellent addition to any collection.  $400
B5223- This Virginia Millitary Institute coat button was excavated near the Howlett Line in Chesterfield County, Virginia.  It has a stand-up shank and a backmark of "R & W Robinson."  There is still some gold left on the face.  Overall a very attractive button....  $275
B5252- Dug along the Howlett Line in Chesterfield County, Virginia, this Confederate Block R rifleman's button is in excellent condition and has an appealing green patina.  The backmark is "W. DOWLER SUPERIOR QUALITY." This type of lettter button is virtually impossible to dig, and the piece would make a rare addition to any high end button collection. $900
​B5229- Dug in the vicinity of the Howlett Line in Chesterfield County, Virginia, this scarce Mississippi button depicts a blank star on a lined field with Mississippi surrounding.  The shank is intact, though slightly bent.  This piece is a local, and thus bears no backmark.  $900  
B5256- This South Carolina two-piece coat button bears the backmark of "HORSTMANN & ALLIEN NY," and has the letters S and C flanking the palmetto.  It was dug near the Howlett Line in Chesterfield County, Virginia, and would make a nice addition to any collection.  $170  
​B5263- Dug in Chesterfield County, Virginia near the Howlett Line, this Virginia coat button is in excellent condition.  It has a stand-up shank, and there is gold remaining in all of the right areas (ie. around the the letters, Virtus and Tyrannis).  The backmark is "SCOVILL MFG & CO WATERBURY." $185 
B238- This North Carolina state seal "sunburst" button was excavated in the vicinity of the Howlett Line in Chesterfield County, Virginia.  As it is a local, there is no backmark, and the shank is missing.  The amount of silver left on this button makes it a spectacular piece.  SOLD
B5258- This two-piece South Carolina coat button was dug along the Howlett Line near Chester, Virginia.  The shank is straight, and there is still quite a bit of silver left in all the "right places."  The backmark on this piece is "SCOVILL MFG. WATERBURY."  It would make a nice addition to any collection.  $225
B5254-  Excavated along the Howlett Line in Chesterfield, Virginia, this South Carolina two piece button bears the backmark of "Horstmann & Allien NY," along with the letters S and C flanking the palmetto tree.  While the shank is slightly bent, the button is very solid, and would add to any collection. $160 
B5225- This Confederate lined I infantry button is the somewhat rare medium size manufactured by P.Tait of Limerick, Ireland.  The backmark is "P TAIT & CO LIMERICK."  The face is attractive, and the shank is present, although it appears to be pushed into the back. $250  
B5255A- This Virginia State seal, which is in very nice condition, is covered with gold and has a straight shank.  This button was dug on private property at the Five Forks, Virginia, battlefield.  Five Forks was the last battle in the Petersburg Campaign, and precluded Lee's retreat towards Appomattox.  $250  
B5255B- This North Carolina local Coat Button was dug in the vicinity of the Five Forks battlefield in Dinwiddie County, Virginia. The shank is missing, but the face has a beautiful dug patina.  Five Forks was the last significant battle before Lee retreated towards Appomattox.  $150.      
B5255​C- This North Carolina Sunburst Coat button was dug near Five Forks, Virginia, where Pickett famously squared off against General Sheridan in one of the last major battles of the war.  This button is missing the shank, as is common with this variety, but has a beautiful face and would display well in any collection.  $125.  
B5255D- This North Carolina State Seal coat button was also dug at Five Forks, in Dinwiddie County, Virginia.  It is a local, and is missing the shank.  However, it is a very nice button with a fine, woodsy- brown patina that would make an excellent addition to any button or general relic collection.  $150.
B6423- Also found in the vicinity of Five Forks in Dinwiddie County, Virginia, this Confederate tin/iron back block "I" infantry button is in excellent condition.  It has a very nice patina, along with a solid back and shank, and would make an excellent addition to any collection.  $150.   
B6433- This local Confederate drooped-wing eagle staff officer's button was dug at Five Forks.  This confrontation was one of the last of the war, and was a searing defeat for General George Pickett's men.  The button has a somewhat weak face, as well as a push and a bent shank.  However, it is priced well and displays nicely.  SOLD
B6427- Also found in the vicinity of Five Forks in Dinwiddie County, Virginia, this Confederate tin/iron back block "I" infantry button is in excellent condition. It has a very nice patina, along with a solid back and shank, and would make an excellent addition to any collection. $150.  
B6453- This unique button is a product of the Goodyear Button Company.  It is a nondug hard rubber United States Navy Button, circa 1860's.  It would make a very nice, and certainly quite interesting, addition to any collection.  $150.
B6449- Dug on the battlefield of Five Forks in Dinwiddie County, Virginia, this Virginia staff coat button bears the backmark of "EXTRA QUALITY."  The button has a straight shank, and nearly a full face of gold.  This gorgeous button would make a superior addition to any collection.  $175.  
B6451- This Union Navy Cuff button was dug in the vicinity of Five Forks, in Dinwiddie County, Virginia.  Five Forks was the final battle of the Petersburg Campaign.  This button has a somewhat bent shank, and appears to bear a backmark of "SCOVILL MFG. CO."  It would look nice in any collection.  $50.
B6445- Manufactured by "VAN WART SON & CO.," this two-piece Georgia coat button is in pristine condition.  This button is one of the many buttons which were manufactured for the South by English firms, and which never made it through the extensive Union naval blockade which stretched along the East Coast.  $100.
B6447- This two piece South Carolina coat button is in excellent nondug condition.  It bears the backmark of "VAN WART SON & CO."  This button is one of many that never made it through the Union naval blockade.  Although it was never worn in the war, it would still make an excellent addition to any collection. $75 
B6441- Dug in the vicinity of Five Forks in Dinwiddie County, Virginia, I believe this button to be a VA 2 in Albert's book.  Five Forks was the last significant engagement prior to the retreat towards Appomattox.  This piece is solid cast, and has an upright, though slightly bent, shank. A rare one... $125.