Reference Items
Buttons
CSA staff button

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Known as a Confederate General or General Staff Button, Tice's CS201A2, this convex two-piece button is in excellent condition. Easily recognized by its large 26mm size and superb design. Center device is right facing eagle with wings pointed down, CSA on shield surrounded by eleven six-pointed stars on a lined field. Regarded by many as the most aesthetically pleasing of all Confederate buttons. This example is in superb condition with sharp untouched edges and full gilt with only miniscule wear on high points of eagle's wings. Depressed mark backmark "S. ISAACS CAMPBELL & CO/LONDON/ST.JAMES.ST" with somewhat weak strike. No pushes or bumps and perfect shank.

Member - Mike Sorenson
Item #: CIV-135

Arkansas state issue button

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Arkansas State Button. This is a rare and outstanding button. Device is the Arkansas State Seal on lined field, made for general use by Arkansas troops during the Civil War. High convex and three piece manufacture, 23mm. Arkansas outfitted only one regiment of troops with buttons of state designation. Backmark is "HORSTMANN & ALLIEN/N.Y." listed as Albert's AK1 and Tice's AK200A-1. This button retains 99% gilt, brilliant untouched patina. Back is untouched, perfect upright shank, no rim bumps or pushes.

Member - Mike Sorenson
Item #: CIV-126

CSA Manuscript I button

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Confederate Manuscript Infantry two piece button as listed in Albert's Book on U.S. Military buttons, CS-175A-2. It has a clear " Halfman and Taylor Montgomery " depressed mark backmark with a perfect upright shank, 95% gilt remaining on its face. The button's face shows very fine detail,with virtually no wear. All of the horizontal lines inside the I and the flourishes around the I are crisp and well defined. The button has no damage or flaws.

This is an excellent example of an imported button as used by the South early in the Civil War. As the Union naval blockade gradually took effect, the availability of these European buttons diminished and use of the crude local manufactured buttons became more prevalent.

Member - Mike Sorenson
Item #: CIV-114