Here's a Beautiful Dug US Greatcoat Button, ca.1820-1830!
It's the flat two-piece pattern, with intact upright shank, and wonderful details on the US, eagle, and wreath device on the front. Reverse shows "United * States backmark mostly legible, with some wear on the word United. Nice dark brown smooth patina.A Very Sharp & Early US button. Recovery location unknown. 20mm.
$55 plus shipping
Dug 1820s-1830s US Great Coat Button with Excellent Details
Here is a Beautiful Excavated GI 71 ca. 1820s-1830s Army General Service button, also known as the “Great Coat” button ! This one has a wonderful green and plumb patina on the front that highlights the device very nicely. The device is an eagle at top, over the letters U*S, with an oval at bottom. The reverse shows an upright intact copper shank. Ground action on the reverse makes it hard to read the entire “United States” back mark, but I can make out the words “States” fairly well. 20mm. A Fine Dug Example of an Early US Great Coat Button !
$55 plus shipping
Beautiful Excavated US Staff Officers Coat Button
Here is a Wonderfully Gilted Dug US Staff Officer’s
Coat Button ! The front shows 75-80% of its original
gold gilt still present that finely highlights the details on
the device. There is a tiny little push just to the lower right
of the shield, but it is almost unnoticeable in hand or a
display case. The gilt has a “dusty” look that makes me
think it could be lightly cleaned to bring it out a lot more.
Reverse shows a period correct * Extra*Quality maker’s
Mark, and intact upright shank. A Beautiful US Staff
Officer’s Coat Button ! Recovered in Kentucky. 22mm.
$50 plus shipping
Nicely Gilted US Staff Officers Coat Button
Here is a Beautifully Gilted US Staff Officer’s Coat
Button ! The front shows 75-80% of its original gold
gilt still present highlighting the details of the device
wonderfully. No pushes, cracks, or damage on the front.
Reverse shows period correct Superior Quality maker’s
mark with an inner and outer row of dots, and shank
intact though pushed completely over and in slightly.
The entire button is tight though, and Displays
Beautifully ! Recovered in Kentucky. 22mm.
$50 plus shipping
Beautiful Dug US Staff Officer's Coat Button
Here's a real nice excavated US Staff Officer's coat button, with about 40-50% of it's original gold gilt remaining ! Beautiful detail remains on the front and device, with that gilt highliting detail in the right places. There's a very tiny push at the bottom of the shield, but it's barely noticeable. Reverse shows a correct Civil War period "Extra Quality" backmark, in between two rows of hash marks, with a floral spray in between the words. Shank is still intact and tight, but has been bent over to one side. Just a very displayable, excavated Staff Officer's coat button ! Recovered Savannah, Georgia. 22mm. $50 plus shipping
Beautiful Eagle -I- US Infantry Cuff Button - Shiloh, Tennessee
Here is Another Superb Eagle –I- US Infantry Cuff
Button ! Again with gilt that looks lustrous, though
not on the entire button. The reverse on this one though
shows intact shank, and a good portion of original thread
still present ! Can’t quite see the maker’s mark. Another
of the buttons I recently picked up dug at Shiloh,
Tennessee, and one that will display beautifully !
$20 plus shipping
Beautifully Gilted US Eagle -D- Dragoon Coat Button w/Shank
Here is a Beautifully Gilted Dug U.S. Dragoon Coat Button ! The front retains at least 45-50% of its original gold gilt wash that very nicely highlites the details of the eagle, and the -D- on his chest. The rest of the front shows a mostly smooth brown patina & there are no pushes, cracks, or damage. Though it’s hard to see in my pictures, the reverse shows a just legible “[dot] Scovills [dot] Waterbury” maker’s mark and intact, upright shank. This is a pattern that would have been worn in the 1830s-1840s. Albert’s DR3 or Tice’s DR206A13. Recovery location unknown.19-20mm. A Superb Displaying Eagle -D- Dragoon Coat Button with Gilt !
Here is a Nicely Gilted Excavated Eagle –R- US Rifleman’s
Overcoat Button ! It still retains about 30-40% of it’s original
gilt that highlights eagle and R device wonderfully. Remaining
areas on the front show a smooth brown patina, with no pushes,
cracks, or damage of any kind. Reverse shows Rmdc maker’s
mark that it is hard to read but may be Steele & Johnson, and
intact though tilted shank. There is even a bit of white thread
or cloth still stuck under the shank. This button is prettier than
my picture shows, with the gold having a smooth and shiney
color. A Great Displaying Eagle –R- Rifleman’s Overcoat
Button ! Recovered in Kentucky. 23mm.
$89 plus shipping
Beautiful Excavated Pre-War MC7 US Marine Corps Coat Button
Here is a Beautiful Excavated U.S. Marine Corps Button ! It is an Albert’s MC7 or Tice’s MC209 and according to Tice dates from the late 1830’s thru the 1840’s and was the first Marine button to use two piece construction. The front shows a generous amount of original gold gilt remaining that highlights the device wonderfully. The device is a spread wing eagle sitting on top of a fouled anchor on a lined field, and above the eagle are thirteen 6-pointed stars in an arc. The areas with no gilt show a mostly pea green patina and there is a small push on the upper fluke of the anchor. The reverse shows a legible maker’s mark of, “(dot) Scovills & Co. (dot) Superfine” while the shank is missing in action. Just a Great Early Marine Corps Button that Displays even better than in my pictures !Recovered in Northern Georgia. 20mm.
$100 plus shipping
Fine Dug NY10 ca. 1820s-1830s One Piece New York Button
Here is a Nice Dug One Piece NY10 New York Coat Button ! The device is an eagle on a globe with the word “Excelsior” underneath, all on a lined field. The button shows a nice greenish brown patina overall with minimal ground action, and the details show well. The reverse has a period “Imperial Standard Superb” quality mark, with a solid inner circle and an inner circle of dots. The shank is present but bent over to one side and the patina is the same as the front. 23mm. I have an identical example of this button in the non-dug early button section and it was once silver plated. A Fine Dug New York button, recovered in New York, and dating to the 1820’s.
$39 plus shipping
Outstanding Excavated WC1 Wisconsin State Seal Staff Officer’s Coat Button
Here is an Outstanding Excavated WC1 Wisconsin State Seal Staff Officer’s Coat Button ! It has no pushes or damage of any sort, intact upright shank, and at least 80% or more of its original gold gilt on the front. You can read the “Forward” motto above the badger, and the “E Pluribus Unum” on the shield.” The reverse shows a completely unlisted maker’s mark in either Albert’s or Tice’s book of, “Schuyler H & G New York” inside two rows of dots. Though unlisted on Wisconsin Buttons it is an absolute Civil War Period mark, and found on other excavated Civil War Buttons. A Superb Dug Example of the WC1Wisconsin Staff Button that looks even better in person and would be hard to upgrade! Recovered Nashville, Tennessee. 22mm.
$225 plus shipping
Nice Massachusetts Staff Coat Button - Recovered Stafford, Virginia
Here is a Very Nice Excavated Massachusetts Militia Staff
Officers Coat Button ! It retains a generous portion of its
original gold gilt that very nicely highlites the device and
the lettering. There’s a small push where the gilt is partially
missing just below the saber, but not too distracting. The
reverse shows period correct “Scovill Mf’g Co. Waterbury”
makers mark, and tight intact shank. This was recovered
at Stafford, Virginia. 22mm.
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Super RARE Eagle -H- Coat Button with 1838-1846 Maker's Mark of Wadhams, Webster, & Co. - Quite Possibly used by Hussar Troops - Recovered near Pea Ridge, Arkansas, Battlefield.
Here is anEXTREMELY RARE Pre-Civil War Eagle -H- Coat Button ! It may be the Most Uncommon of ALL the Federal Style Eagle buttons. Previous to this recovery there were only 5-6 examples of this button known to exist. The device is a raised wing eagle on a lined field, with a capital -H- in the shield on the eagle’s breast, and a wide outer border. This example has a nice amount of its original gold gilt still present, highlighting the lined field, and a bit around the -H-. The reverse shows an upright intact shank, and an Rmdc maker’s mark of “Wadham’s, Webster, & Co.”, that was only used from 1838 to 1846. The “Big Bugs” say these buttons are from an unknown high school, but I don’tbelieve it. I have seen two examples dug here in NW Arkansas, and BOTH were recovered in sites known to have been occupied by the “Benton Hussars” a Federal Cavalry Unit that later became part of the 5th Missouri Cavalry, U.S. This button was recovered by Chris Whitehead, just a few miles south of the Pea Ridge Battlefield, near a historic “watering hole” on the Old Wire Road, and years ago an identical example was dug off the square in Bentonville, Arkansas, which was burned by the Benton Hussars in 1862.
During the period this maker’s mark was used, the U.S. fought the Mexican War, and there was at least a company of Hussars serving there, known as the Georgia Hussars. There were also many militia companies of Hussars, dating back to the War of 1812. Last time I saw one of these for sale, it was listed at $900, but this one is priced a bit nicer. 22mm.A Super Rare Eagle -H- Button, that you may not see for sale again for years !
Beautiful Excavated OC3 US Ordnance Corps Coat Button
Here is a Beautiful Excavated OC3 US Ordnance Corps Coat Button ! This is a three-piece button with a wonderful smooth green patina on the front nicely showing the details of the flaming bomb at top, and crossed cannons underneath with US, on a lined field. There is one tiny crack in the outer ring at about 9 o’ clock, but it and the entire button is still tight. The reverse shows a tilted but tightly intact shank, and quality mark of “U S Ordnance Corps” with an inner ring, and inside that a ring of circles. Recovered western Tennessee. 22mm. A Great Looking US Ordnance Corps Button !