Here is a Very Nice Looking Dug Lousiana LA8, Pelican Coat Button ! The front has no pushes, cracks, or damage of any sort. It sports a nice brown patina, with about 10-15% gold gilt remaining, in places that nicely highlite the pelican device. Reverse shows local blank back, and broken shank missing. Entire button is tight. Recovered near Richmond, Virginia. 21mm. $225 plus shipping
Here is a Fine Excavated MP4 Mississippi Infantry Coat Button ! It has a smooth dark brown patina, darker than my pictures, and highlights of gold gilt around most of the letters and inside the –I- in the star. There are no pushes or damage of any sort. The reverse shows intact shank slightly tilted, and enough legible letters to make out the Rmdc maker’s mark of, “Hyde & Goodrich N.O.” A Nice Displaying Confederate Mississippi Coat Button ! 21mm.
$350 plus shipping
Nice Dug NC8 North Carolina with Smooth Patina and Shank Intact
Here is a Fine Excavated NC8 Confederate North Carolina Coat Button ! It has a smooth dark brown patina on the entire front that highlights the details of the device nicely. The state name, “North Carolina” is legible, more so than in my pictures. There are no pushes, cracks, or damage of any kind. The reverse shows an upright tight shank that appears to be iron. Channel back is tight, and there is an rmdc maker’s mark, but it is illegible. Likely the mark is either S.A. Meyers or W. Wildt both of Richmond, Virginia, and both often having marks that are hard to read. Any way you look at it this is a Fine Displaying North Carolina Button ! 23mm.
$125 plus shipping
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
$85 plus shipping
Nice North Carolina Sunburst Recovered in North Carolina
This is a real nice example of the North Carolina Sunburst button ! It's got a smooth plumb patina, with a few tiny areas of green, and a tiny bit of silver plate still remaining on the lower right side. The letters NC stand out very well at center of device. Reverse shows lead solder remnants where shank once was, but it is now missing as they are on 98% of the dug examples. A very nice NC Sunburst that displays great ! Recovered North Carolina, possibly in the Pollocksville area. 23mm. $85 plus shipping
Nicely Gilted SC266Am South Carolina Vest Button - 18mm
Here is a Fine Non-dug Civil War Period South Carolina State Seal Button ! It’s a small coat or vest size at 18mm and is unlisted in Albert’s book, though Tice lists it as SC266Am1. Tice lists them as South Carolina Militia buttons and says they were probably manufactured by Steele & Johnson ca. 1860s. I have seen a couple of others dealers mention that they were intended for South Carolina troops, but of the size most commonly used by Citadel Cadets. Either way it is a fine period South Carolina state button. The front retains at least 98% of its original gold gilt nicely highlighting the Palmetto tree, SC, and motto of the South Carolina Seal. The reverse shows the period correct maker’s mark of, “Horstmann & Allien N.Y.” between two concentric circles, and a tight upright copper shank. A Nice Civil War Period South Carolina Button !
$65 plus shipping
Beautiful Dug Pre-war VMI Cadet Coat Button
This is a real sharp example of an excavated VMI or Virginia Military Institute Coat Button ! It’s the low convex pattern with the spear touching the -D- in the word Cadet. It’s got a small push just to the right of Vitrus, [standing figure] but it’s actually very negligible. At least 50 – 60% of the gold gilt is still present, and perfectly highlites the dark letters and details. It really stands out in a display case ! Reverse shows a pre-war, “R & W Robinson” maker’s mark, inside a swallow tail ribbon, with eagle at ends of the swallow tail. Shank is missing in action. Backmark tells us though, that this button was on a Cadet’s coat, well before the war. A real nice gilted example that displays great ! Recovery location unknown. 21mm.
$125 plus shipping
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. $165 plus shipping
Dug NC8 North Carolina Coat Button
Here is a Nice Priced NC8 North Carolina State Seal Coat Button! It has one small crack at the top between the A and the R in Carolina, but otherwise has a decent displaying face. There is some damage on one edge and the back is loose, but the crude drilled shank is still present. It’s not high grade by any means, but a decent dug example, and Priced To Sell !
$39 plus shipping
Beautiful MO1 Civil War Period Missouri State Seal Staff Officer's Coat Button w/No Damage & Considerable Gold Gilt - Excavated Fayetteville, Arkansas
Here is A REAL RARITY in Relic Hunting, a Civil War Period MO1 Missouri State Seal Coat Button !This one is MO1A in Albert's book, Record of American Uniform And Historical Buttons, or MO200A1 in Tice's book, Uniform Buttons of the United States 1776-1865. The button has no cracks or damage of any sort, though showing some minor ground action on the front. Probably 40% + of its original gold gilt finish still remains to highlight the device which shows fairly good detail. The reverse displays an intact, upright shank along with the period Scovill Mf'g Co, Waterbury makers mark with an inner and outer row of dots. Button measures about 22mm and was recovered in Fayetteville, Arkansas. Though often encountered in Non-Dug condition, Excavated Civil War Period Missouri Buttons are Quite Rare !
There were numerous times when small units of Missouri Troops encamped at or near Fayetteville, Arkansas, until it was permanently occupied by Federal Troops in 1863. However, the town first saw Missouri Soldiers on a large scale on February 20th, 1862, as Confederate General Sterling Price's Missouri State Guard passed thru the town, along with Benjamin McCulloch's Arkansas, Louisiana, & Texas Troops. All the Confederate Troops had been told to take as much of the stored clothing and rations from the various depots in town as possible, as the army was retreating to the south. Sergeant W.H. Tunnard of the 3rd Louisiana Infantry recalled, "The regiment remained at Fayetteville on the 20th, the detachment composed of Companies A & K occupying their old quarters, while Price's trains, artillery, infantry and cavalry poured through the place in a continuous stream." On the same day, Private Ephraim McDowell Anderson, Co. G, 2nd Missouri Infantry, C.S.A., noted from his memoirs about Fayetteville, "Colonel Little halted the brigade and ordered it to stack arms. The men were then informed by him that the Court House was full of clothing which belonged to the Army of Missouri, and there was a large supply of government bacon in store in town, that they could help themselves to these articles, but must not disturb the property of citizens."
A Fine Example of a Rarely Encountered Excavated Civil War Period Missouri State Seal Button, Very Likely Associated with Sterling Price's Missouri State Guard !
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