dating civil war buttons

Alma Mckinney, 33 years old


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I recently purchased 10 pounds of vintage buttons. The seller said they were old but I didn't realize just how old they were. There were many yellow and brown toned buttons that I am pretty sure used to be white. There were buttons ripped off of old clothes, and the small ripped pieces of fabric definitely looked to be from decades past. There were a few that had cracked apart.

The marking is invariably produced by die stamping, which is an inherent part of the manufacturing process, and backmarks produced in this way continue to be used to the present day. The list that follows identifies British manufacturers and the backmarks dating civil war buttons used from the earliest ones recorded until about the middle of the twentieth century. They have been collated from a large number of sources over a long period of time, both documentary and from the buttons themselves, most of which have been recovered by metal detectorists. In general, dates should be regarded as approximate, and not exclusive unless the context indicates otherwise. It is also the case that there are some differences in respect of dating between the secondary sources that have been consulted.

Research center, button backmarks, click: Research center, button backmarks , click: Buttons were produced probably by Scovill. Details click:
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ButtonBackmark-Scovill Scovill was by far the most dominant of the Civil War era button manufacturers. Details click: Scovill , one part convex button, coat size, 19mm. Research Center: ButtonBackmark-Scovill , Reference: Tice, Dating Buttons, page 65, [Plate B-4, 3]. Scovill , two part button, coat size, 21mm. Note that stamping may be weak and some of the punctuation details may be obscured.