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Looking for help re. uniform button identifications

Discussion in 'Civil War Uniforms & Relics' started by Fordlandia, Jan 10, 2017.

  1. Fordlandia

    Fordlandia Cadet

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    I am hoping to learn more about the identification of buttons that were passed down to me. They were once owned by one of my great grandfathers. In this first group of photos, I know that one of them (3rd from left) is not of the Civil War era (it is later, perhaps from the Spanish American War era). So, although it is in the "group photo" I will not include close-ups of that one. I am not sure about button #6 (2nd from right). It may also be later?

    Thank you in advance for any help you may be able to provide.

    Bill (Grand Rapids, MI)

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    Button #1 Front
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    Button #1 Back
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    Button #2 Front
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    Button #2 Back
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    Button #4 Front:
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    Button #4 Back
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    Button #5 Front
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    Button #5 Back
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    Button #6 Front
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    Button #6 Back
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    Button #7 Front
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    Button #7 Back
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  3. Legion Para

    Legion Para Brigadier General Moderator Forum Host

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    Button No. 2 looks like:

    Michigan button, state seal elk and moose, officer staff, Waterbury Button Co, dm no rings, (15mm)
    Button depicts the state seal of Michigan, an elk, moose and an eagle, with a hunter inside the shield, intended for officers of Michigan militia units. Backmark: "WATERBURY BUTTON CO. / (star) " dm, no rings, manufacture after the Civil War, (Waterbury81small). Three part officer staff button, hat or sleeve size.
    Ref: Albert MG4. Manufactured after the Civil War.

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  4. Fordlandia

    Fordlandia Cadet

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    Thank you for your reply. I "Googled" your posting and found the relicman.com page with the button you identified. However, the Michigan button I have is 23mm. So, on that same page the following is identified:

    B4370 Michigan button, state seal elk and moose, officer staff, Scovill Mfg Co Waterbury dm single ring, (23mm) Button depicts the state seal of Michigan, an elk, moose and an eagle, with a hunter inside the shield, intended for officers of Michigan militia units. Backmark: "SCOVILL MF'G Co. (o is underlined) / (star) WATERBURY (star)" dm large letters inner ring of dots, manufactured after the Civil War, (ScovillM501). Three part officer staff button, coat size.
    Ref: Albert MG4. Manufactured after the Civil War.

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    So, it confirms that it was made after the Civil War. Thanks for pointing me to that source!
     
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  5. Robert Gray

    Robert Gray First Sergeant

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    In my opinion these are regulation general issue buttons of the Civil War period.

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  6. William G Hendry

    William G Hendry Corporal Trivia Game Winner

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    very nice buttons wish I could help more but I,am from canada
     
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