Buttons


CS LOCAL 13 STAR BUTTON

  As with many CS items local manufacturers took over production once the Blockade dried up the foreign supply. Such is the case here, during the first year of the war fine quality English made buttons were available but by mid-war they were seldom found. A crude version with little or no gilt and no back mark would often have to substitute. We think this to be a very good copy.

CS LOCAL 13 STAR BUTTON COAT SIZE
#0000      $1.95
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CS LOCAL 13 STAR BUTTON CUFF SIZE
#0000      $1.95
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SOUTH CAROLINA BUTTON

  This great looking Brass South Carolina State Seal button. It is approx. the same size as a medium Union Eagle button, perhaps a shade larger. As you can see the detail is very good. A very well made button. Photo shows the button lighter in color than it actually is. In person it's your normal brass button color.

COAT SIZE, ITEM # 2273 $1.35 BUY NOW!

CUFF SIZE, ITEM # 2273-A $0.95 BUY NOW!



BLACK "LINED" 4 HOLE TIN BUTTONS

  I've finally been able to secure a button that I've been looking for, for some time. The lined (lined refers to the design on the front of the button) 4 hole tin button with paper back, with a black lacquer finish. I think these buttons are great and offer a period alternative to the plain paper back tin that you see everywhere. These are your standard pant/shirt size buttons.

ITEM # 486-B $.35 BUY NOW!



U.S. NAVY BUTTON

  That's right, for the first time ever we are reproducing the Hard Rubber U.S. Navy button! This button is cast from a mold that was made directly from our original Civil War era Hard Rubber U.S. Navy button. Even though we knew right from the start that their is a limited market for this button, we felt that it is such a unique item that we had to make them and offer them to the hobby.
Perfect for your Navy Jacket or for a sweethearts cockade! It is a perfect match in every way to the original.

Hard Rubber U.S. Navy button item # 2185 $1.85 BUY NOW!




CONFEDERATE BRASS BLOCK I LARGE      #445    $0.65  BUY NOW!

CONFEDERATE BRASS BLOCK I SMALL      #445-A     $0.65  BUY NOW!


CONFEDERATE BRASS BLOCK C    #446    $0.65  BUY NOW!


CONFEDERATE BRASS BLOCK A    #447    $0.65  BUY NOW!


CONFEDERATE BRASS C. S. A. LARGE    #448   $0.65  BUY NOW!

SAME AS ABOVE SMALL      #449       $0.65  BUY NOW!


DROOP WING EAGLE LARGE      #450      $1.35  BUY NOW!

DROOP WING EAGLE SMALL     #451      $1.35  BUY NOW!


CONFEDERATE STAFF OFFICER,  LARGE    #452  $1.35  BUY NOW!

CONFEDERATE STAFF OFFICER   SMALL     #453    $1.35   BUY NOW!


TEXAS BUTTON,  LARGE    #454    $1.35  BUY NOW!

TEXAS BUTTON,  SMALL   #455    $1.35  BUY NOW!


LOUISIANA BUTTON,  MEDIUM     #456   $1.35  BUY NOW!
 
  LOUISIANA BUTTON,  SMALL     #456S   $1.35  BUY NOW!
 
 
GEORGIA BUTTON LARGE    #458     $1.35  BUY NOW!

GEORGIA BUTTON SMALL   #459    $1.35  BUY NOW!


GEORGIA BUTTON, PEWTER LARGE.
Very similar to those found on the jackets of the Georgia Cadets.
#460   $1.85 BUY NOW!


HERE IS A SIDE VIEW OF WHAT ALL THE MUFFIN STYLE BUTTONS LOOK LIKE.


MARYLAND MUFFIN STYLE, LARGE.   #189b   $1.85  BUY NOW!

MARYLAND SMALL.   #600   $1.85  BUY NOW!


NEW YORK, MUFFIN STYLE, LARGE.   #601   $1.85  BUY NOW!

NEW YORK, MUFFIN STYLE, SMALL.   #602   $1.85  BUY NOW!


MISSOURI, MUFFIN STYLE, LARGE.   #193   $1.85  BUY NOW!

MISSOURI MUFFIN STYLE, SMALL.   #194   $1.85  BUY NOW!




Script I Button

  This is the long sought after English Script I button. Sub-category, The lined Script I. The originals were generally made in England and ran the blockade back into Southern ports. Made by such companies as Isaacs Campbell and Company and Smith Kemp Wright. Dug in both Army of Tennessee and Army of Northern Virginia camps. A very nice button. Available in coat size only.

Item     # 2078        $1.85     BUY NOW!



CLOTH COVERED BUTTONS

  These are the same wool cloth covered buttons that we use on our civilian frocks and sacks. They measure 7/8 of an inch wide and have a brass shank. They look great on any type of civilian wear, mens or women's.

  They only come in the colors shown in the photo. Black and brown. Sorry no cuff buttons available at this time.

Brown Cloth    Item    # 2111BN    $0.95   BUY NOW!

Black Cloth    Item    # 2111BK    $0.95    BUY NOW!



BONE BUTTONS

4 Hole Large bone button with counter sunk center. 5/8 inch     Item     # 187          $0.35     BUY NOW!

2 Hole Large bone buttons 5/8 inch     Item     # 187-A        $0.35     BUY NOW!

4 Hole Small bone buttons 3/8 inch     Item     # 187-B        $0.25     BUY NOW!

2 Hole Small bone buttons 3/8 inch     Item     # 187-C        $0.25     BUY NOW!



MOTHER OF PEARL BUTTONS

  These mother of pearl buttons are just right for any shirt or blouse. The measure about 3/8 of an inch wide. Due to the nature of the material each button has it's own unique look. These buttons really look the part and what a great price. You can afford to buy extra for those "whoops" moments. I hate it when I pop a button.

MOTHER OF PEARL BUTTONS
Item # 187-D $0.25 BUY NOW!



North Carolina State Seal Buttons

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  Never before have these buttons been reproduced. The North Carolina 2 piece state seal (local manufacture). This had to be one of the most common state seals during the war for any southern state. I have seen 10 different die strikes of these buttons and I would be willing to bet there are more. They were struck in copper and in brass. We chose to make ours of copper because we find the numbers to be just about equal and no other button is being reproduced in copper. Originally these buttons had a very light bath in a "silver wash". It was so weak that it rubbed right off. Even the non-dug specimens of this button you find today show no sign of silver on the front of the button. Only a faint glimmer of silver on the back in the crevasses. The original N.C. Button on the right is the one this button was patterned after. It has a Rouyer style back with a brass shank that is properly soldered in. No other button on the market today is as close to the original as this button is! If you don't agree you can send them back for a refund. I don't think we will get many returned. The back mark is "J.W. SMITH & SON WARTRACE TENN."

Item      # 2150      $1.85     BUY NOW!



NORTH CAROLINA LOCAL BUTTONS

  What? More North Carolina buttons? Yep, that's right. They had em why shouldn'tít we? North Carolina was one of the most prolific uniform and button making states during the entire war with only Georgia supplying as many goods to there troops and to the Confederacy as a whole. If you've already read about our copper faced buttons then you know the variations of this button are endless. But to my knowledge, most pro.s are in agreement that they did all start off with a very light silver wash. Sometimes brass was used for the face of the button, sometimes it was copper. So now we have all three of the major variations for you to choose from.
  I hope we didn't make it too hard for you and thanks for all the great comments we have received regarding this button.

BRASS NORTH CAROLINA "LOCAL" COAT SIZE BUTTON #2165 $1.85
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SILVER WASH NORTH CAROLINA "LOCAL" COAT SIZE BUTTON #2166 $1.85
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Tennessee State Seal Buttons


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  Yes finally the correct brass 2 piece Tennessee button. We have been trying to make this button for years but because the originals were so weak no one would touch it. So we bought our own as seen in the photo right. It was dug in Murfreesboro Tn. From it we took a casting in pewter. This helped show some of the detail. In case your wondering the button is supposed to be the State Seal of Tennessee. Then we shot photo's of 6 other Tennessee buttons. One would have a little better detail on the top the next was better on the side and so forth. Then we took the strong points from all 7 of them to produce this great reproduction. Original Tennessee buttons are believed to have been made by C. Rouyer of New Orleans. The backs of the buttons are exactly the same as some other buttons known to have been made by him. We used the exact same back with a brass shank that is properly soldered in. The backs are marked "J.W. SMITH & SON WARTRACE TENN." They were shipped up river and sold in Stores in Memphis as well as other locales throughout western and middle Tenn.

  We know this as the "Southworth, Nance & Co. of 163 Main Street, Memphis Tenn. ran an advertisement in the Memphis Daily Appeal on June 14, 1861 offering these buttons for sale.

  They have been found where ever the army of Tennessee was camped from early to mid war with there being fewer and fewer found in camps after mid 1863. Since New Orleans fell in April 1862 and there was no other supply (as far as we know) when they were lost they were replaced by whatever else was available.

Item      # 2149      $1.85     BUY NOW!



1851 GOODYEAR PAT. 7/8 INCH BUTTON

  These two hole hard rubber buttons are exact duplicates of the ones found on Lt. Col. Atkin's Columbus Depot Jacket which currently hangs in the Carter House Museum, Battle of Franklin Tennessee. Drop by and take a look, its well worth your time.

  These buttons are 7/8 inch, 2 hole hard rubber Goodyear Pat. coat buttons and yes they are just as the originals. They are made from HARD RUBBER, NOT PLASTIC!

  The use of hard rubber for everyday items literally exploded in the years just prior to the American Civil War. The number of products that were being made from this "new" material seemed to be unlimited. Manufacturers were taking every opportunity to use Hard Rubber, it was "all the rage".

  The best illustration of my point can be found in the book, "India Rubber And Gutta Perch In The Civil War Era" by Mike Woshner published by O'Donnell Publications. (the best book on the subject to date). Take a look at page 154, a Berdan's forage cap in the Smithsonian collection has plain domed hard rubber on the strap. Both military and civilian styles have been found in campsites indicating the latter were used as replacement buttons (as were wood, china, bone and metal). Sometimes soldiers passed the time by carving rings and other items out of these buttons. Partially carved buttons have been excavated at prisoner of war camps as well.

ITEM # 803 $1.35 BUY NOW!




1851 GOODYEAR PAT. 5/8 INCH BUTTON

  The Goodyear Pat. Hard rubber button in a shirt size. This is a Blockade Runner exclusive, you will not find these buttons anywhere else. I only have 1000 of them and they are sure to go fast! The 4 hole button measures just over an 1/2 inch and looks exactly like the original. We used the most common design button that we could find to make these. Hard rubber had been around for years at the start of the Civil War, but it had really come into it's own around 1857. Hard rubber was being used for everything. Medical, industrial, and household supplies. Even Lt. Col. Atkin's jean cloth jacket that he was wearing when he was wounded at Franklin, TN had hard rubber buttons on it. The first and second U.S. sharpshooters (better known as berdan's) used several different hard rubber buttons including a copy of the standard eagle I button. Don't miss out on this, there may not be any more.

The buttons are not fuzzy, it's just the photo

ITEM # 804 $1.00 BUY NOW!



ENGINEERS BUTTON

  HERE'S YOUR CHANCE TO GET A GREAT DEAL ON A BRAND NEW ENGINEERS BUTTON. . WE HAVE THESE IN BOTH LARGE AND SMALL. IT'S REALLY HARD TO FIND ANYTHING FOR AN ENGINEERS IMPRESSION BUT THESE SHOULD HELP DRESS UP YOUR KIT.

ENGINEERS BUTTON ITEM # 872 $1.85
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SMALL ENGINEERS BUTTON ITEM # 873 $1.85
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