Fine Kentucky School - Western Military Institute, W.M.I. Coat Button
Here is a Nice Excavated Western Military Institute, or W.M.I. Coat Button ! This Kentucky school button is Albert’s SU431, with an eagle on a cannon, flags, the word CADET at the top, and letters W.M.I. at the bottom, all on a lined field, with a rope border around the outer edge. The button has no pushes or cracks, and shows a considerable amount of gold gilt still present, though part of the device is covered with a crusted green verdigris. I suspect if someone carefully removed that verdigris there would be more gold gilt underneath it. The reverse shows a partially legible, “Scovill Mfg Co. Waterbury” Rmdc maker’s mark, and upright shank still intact. Recovered Tennessee. 23mm. A Fine Displaying Southern School Button as is, that may show even more Gold Gilt with a careful cleaning !
Fine Displaying NCS270 Hillsborough Military Academy - North Carolina Button
Here is a Very Nice Dug Coat Button from the Hillsborough Military Academy in North Carolina ! It’s Tice’s NCS270Am, medium coat size and shows no pushes, cracks, or damage of any sort, front or back. The front retains about 35-40% of its original gold gilt still present that highlights the device very nicely. The remainder of the metal, front and back shows a fairly smooth brown patina. The device is a five-point star at center, with the letters N C at either side, inside a circle. Around the outside of that circle and inside an outer circle are the words, “Hillsborough Military Academy *”, all on a lined field. The reverse shows a well worn, but still partially legible depressed maker’s mark of “Schuyler H. & G. N. York,” along with an intact, upright shank still present. These buttons are not common at all, and most of the excavated examples have come from Civil War sites. This one displays beautifully. Recovery location unknown. 19mm. A Nice Hillsborough Military Academy Button !
Nice Dug NC16 North Carolina Sunburst Button w/Gold Gilt Remaining
Here is a Nice Dug Confederate NC16 North Carolina Sunburst Coat Button ! The front shows a small chip on the edge between 2 and 3 o’clock, but no other damage. It also shows a good amount of the original gold gilt still remaining, with the remainder of the button having a smooth plumb patina. Reverse shows missing shank as is typical with 90% of ground recoveries, though solder remnants show where it was attached. A Nice North Carolina Sunburst that Displays Fine! 23mm
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Nice Slick VA13 Virginia Coat Button - Recovered Petersburg, Virginia
Here is a Fine Excavated VA13 Virginia State Seal Coat Button ! It’s got a super smooth dark brown patina that really highlights the device nicely, and remnants of the original gold gilt still present around the edges. There is one slight push at about 4 o’ clock, but it barely detracts from the overall look. The reverse shows an Rmdc “Scovill Mfg Co. Waterbury” maker’s mark and intact shank bent to one side. A Super Smooth VA13 Coat Button that Displays Great ! 22mm. Recovered at Petersburg, Virginia.
Nice 1875 Goodwin's Pat. Post War AK4 Arkansas State Seal Button
Here is a Nice AK4, Post Civil-War Arkansas State Seal Button ! The seal is a little different than the Civil War button, but still shows the steamboat, a beehive, a plow, a sheaf of wheat, and the Pre-1906 motto of “Regnant Populi,” meaning “The People Rule.” The front shows nice detail and nearly all of the original gold gilt still present. The reverse shows intact shank, and tin back with the maker’s mark of, “Goodwin’s Pat. July 27, 1875.”If you just want a “filler” for the Arkansas spot in your Southern button collection, this one will work. With All Arkansas State Seal Buttons being quite uncommon, and the period examples running in the $5,000 range, this post war example is inexpensive as priced.A Nice Post War Example of the Arkansas State Seal Coat Button !
Excellent Non Dug VMI Cadet Coat Button
Here's an excellent non-dug VMI, Virginia Military Institute, Coat button. This is the low-convex pattern, with the top of the spear touching the bottom of the -E- in Cadet. Shows wear from use, but still retaining 50-60% of the gilt on the face. Backmark is correct pre-war "R & W Robinson" inside a swallow tailed ribbon, with eagle at the swallow tails. Perfect tight, standup shank. This button didn't lay in a box somewhere, it was on a cadet's coat before, and possibly during the war ! Diameter 21mm. SOLD
Fine AK2 Post War Arkansas State Seal Coat Button - ca. 1870-1890s
Here's a Beautiful AK2 PostWar Arkansas State Seal Coat Button !It shows the device of the Goddess of Liberty at the top, with a shield underneath having a steamboat, plow, beehive, and six point star in it. On either side is an eagle and at the bottom a ribbon with the motto, “Regnant Populi,” meaning the people rule. In 1906, this motto changed to “Regnant Populus” so we know this button was manufactured before that date. The entire device is on a lined field, and it looks like 98% of the original gold gilt is still present with a superb luster. The reverse shows a ca. 1870-1890s, maker’s mark of “Pettibone Mfg. Co Cincinnati,” and an intact upright copper shank. With the Civil War Period AK1 Arkansas State Seal buttons bringing $5,000 + in non dug condition, this would make a good affordable display, for someone wanting an example of an Arkansas button in their southern state button collection. A Beautiful Example of a post-war Arkansas State Seal Coat Button !
Beautiful Non Dug SC13 Silver Plated South Carolina Coat Button
Here is a Beautiful Non-dug Silver Plated Albert’s SC13 or Tice’s SC248A7 South Carolina Coat Button ! The gold gilded examples are much more common than these silver plated ones. This one retains at least 95% of its original silver plate in lustrous condition, really setting off the details of the device. The reverse shows a period “Schuyler H & G - N. York” Rmdc maker’s mark, in a stippled channel, and completely upright shank, with silver plate still evident along the back edge of the button. It measures 23mm. Just a Super Fine Silver Plated SC13 Civil War South Carolina Coat Button !
Beautiful Civil War Period MO1 Missouri State Seal Coat Button
Here is a Simply Beautiful Civil War Period MO1 Missouri State Seal Coat Button ! It retains about 99% of its original gold gilt wash that highlights all the details very nicely. The state seal shows nicely including the grizzly bears on either side, motto in a circle of, “United We Stand Divided We Fall”, crescent moon and eagle with 12 stars above, and six bars in the helmet. The reverse shows an upright copper shank and period correct maker’s mark of, “Scovill Mf’g Co, Waterbury.” with an inner and outer row of dots. This is Albert’s MO1 or Tice’s MO200A1. 22mm. An Excellent Civil War Missouri Coat Button !
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