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Excavated  Buttons  North and South


Please call there at (540) 371-7703 for information on what is in stock, as well as prices. A sampling of some of the nicer buttons is below.

 

We picked up a group of  Excavated Virginia Buttons! We have a case full of these in the shop.  Call for more information!

 

Virginia 1-Piece, VA-1
B/M: Philada
Silver!
$1200.00    H-125

Virginia 1-Piece, VA-2
B/M: Extra / Plate
No Shank.
$350.00    H-59

Virginia 1-Piece, VA-2
B/M: unknown
Still has dirt on back!
$ 150.00    H-60

Virginia 1-Piece, VA-2
B/M: Young Smith & Co. / New York
Strong shank!
$ 150.00    H-61

Virginia 1-Piece, VA-2
B/M: Still covered by dirt!
Nice, green patina.
$ 175.00    H-127

Virginia 1-Piece, VA-2
B/M: Extra Fine / Gilt
Pretty!
$ 295.00   
H-129

Virginia 1-Piece, VA-3
B/M: Blank
High convex!
$225.00    H-76

Virginia 1-Piece, VA-3
B/M: Best / Plated
No shank, but lots of Silver!

$ 350.00    H-139

Virginia 1-Piece, VA-3
B/M: Rich Treble Gilt
No shank.
$ 175.00    H-140

Virginia 1-Piece, VA-3
B/M: Blank
Solid!
$195.00    H-142

Virginia 2-Piece,VA-4
B/M: D. Scovills & Co / Waterbury
Nice!
$ 150.00   H-65

Virginia 2-Piece,VA-4
B/M: W.H. Horstmann & Sons / Phila.
Some gilt, but button needs cleaning.

$ 175.00    H-66

Virginia 2-Piece, VA-4
B/M: Scovills & Co. / Waterbury
No shank, but pretty!
$ 225.00
On Hold!!!    H-67

Virginia Staff Cuff,VA-4Av
B/M: Wm. H. Smith N York
No shank, but pretty!
$ 200.00   H-130

 

Virginia 2-Piece,VA-5
B/M: Young Smith & Co / New York
Silver!
$ 225.00    H-75

Virginia 2-Piece, VA-9
B/M: Scovills & Co / Waterbury
Pretty!
$ 350.00   
H-81

Virginia 2-Piece,VA-9
B/M: Wm. H. Smith & Co / New York
Smooth brown patina!
$ 150.00    H-136

Virginia 2-Piece, VA-12
B/M: Canfield Bro. & Co: Baltimore
Slightly bent shank!
$ 175.00   
H-87

Virginia Cuff,VA-13Av
B/M: Wm. H. Smith & Co / New York
No shank, but Silver!
$ 250.00    H-96

Virginia Cuff, VA-13Av
B/M: Scovills  / Extra
Slightly bent shank.

$ 150.00   
H-99

Virginia Cuff, VA-13Av
B/M: Schuyler H & G
Thread or cloth on shank!
$ 175.00    H-100

Virginia Cuff,VA-13Av
B/M: Scovills & Co. / Extra
Solid!
$ 150.00   H-101

Virginia Cuff,VA-13Av
B/M: Mitchell & Tyler / Rich. VA
Nice!
$ 150.00   
H-102

Virginia Cuff, VA-13Av
B/M: Scovills & Co. / Extra
Loaded with gold and slick!
$ 225.00    H-105

Virginia 2-Piece,VA-13
B/M: Scovill Mfg. Co / Waterbury
Slick brown patina!
$ 225.00   
H-
159

Virginia Cuff, VA-13Av
B/M: M&T / Richmond, VA
Slightly bent shank, but nice!
$ 150.00    H-160

Virginia Cuff, VA-14
B/M: Extra / Quality
No shank, but pretty!
$ 150.00    H-94

Virginia 2-Piece, VA-14
B/M: W.H. Horstmann & Sons
(RMDC)
$225.00    H-98

Virginia 2-Piece,VA-15
B/M: D. Horstmann & Allien / N.Y.
Nice!
$ 250.00   H-90

Virginia 2-Piece,VA-15
B/M: Horstmann & Allien / N.Y.
Pretty!
$ 250.00   
H-92

Virginia 2-Piece, VA-15
B/M: W.H. Horstmann & Allien / NY
Nice gold!
$250.00    H-109

Virginia Staff Cuff, VA-18Av
B/M: Mitchell & Tyler / Richmond
Pretty!
$ 175.00    H-112

Virginia Staff Cuff,VA-18Av
B/M: unreadable
Solid& pretty!
$ 250.00   H-114

Virginia Staff Cuff,VA-18Av
B/M: Extra / Quality
Nice!
$ 225.00   
H-
115

Virginia Cuff,VA-19Av
B/M: Blank
Slight push, but rare!
$ 250.00    H-107

 

 

Virginia Staff, VA-20
B/M: Horstmann  / Philadelphia
Post-war, but attractive.
$ 50.00    H-110

Virginia Staff, VA-20
B/M: Horstmann & Co. / NY & Phi
Lots of gold but push in face!
$ 85.00   
H-117

Virginia Staff,VA-20
B/M: Extra / Quality
Just beautiful!
$ 275.00    H-122

Virginia Staff,VA-20
B/M: W. Wildt & Sons / Richmond
No shank, small push to face.

$ 250.00
  On Hold!!!   H-157

Virginia 2-Piece, VA-21
B/M: Local
No shank.
$ 175.00    H-148

Virginia 2-Piece, VA-22
B/M: Local
Cracked, but still pretty!

$ 175.00   
H-153

 

That's about it folks!

All buttons are coat size, unless marked otherwise

Give us a call for more information
(or to clear up any typos or mistakes!)

VMI Button, SU-408
B/M: D. Evans & Co / Attleboro
Bent shank.
$ 75.00   H-50

VMI Button, SU-408
B/M: R&W Robinson
Slight push to back.
$ 300.00   
H-52

VMI Cuff, SU-408Av
B/M: Robinsons / Extra
Very nice!
$ 135.00  On Hold!!!  H-56

VMI Cuff, SU-408Av
B/M: D. E. & Co / Extra
Strong button!
$ 50.00   
H-57

 

EXCAVATED VIRGINIA STATE SEAL, VA-1B

Backmark: Blank.  Coat size: 22mm. The earliest of the Virginia coat of arms buttons, this die-struck, one piece button retains its shank and most of its original silver plating. 

$ 1200.00  H-15

 

EXCAVATED VIRGINIA STATE SEAL, VA-2-C  1-Piece Silver!
Backmark: Extra / Plate. Coat size 22mm. Nice, smooth and almost 100% silver!  The shank is gone, other than that, it's got it all!

$ 350.00  H-59

 

EXCAVATED VIRGINIA MILITARY INSTITUTE BUTTON, SU-408

Backmark: R&W Robinson (in a ribbon). Coat size 21mm. Nice, smooth and almost 100% gold!  The shank is intact, but bent a bit.

$ 300.00 On Hold!!! H-52

 

EXCAVATED NEW YORK STATE SEAL, NY-30

Backmark: Extra / Quality. Coat size 22mm. Nice, smooth and nice gold!  The shank is perfect.

$ 25.00  H-47

 

EXCAVATED VIRGINIA STATE SEAL BUTTON, VA-15-B
B/M: Horstmann & Allien /NY.   21mm coat size. Nice, chocolate brown with lots of original gold gilt, but could use a bit more cleaning. 
Shank is intact.

$ 250.00   H-109

 

EXCAVATED VIRGINIA STATE SEAL, VA-1B
Backmark: Philada.  Coat size: 22mm. The earliest of the Virginia coat of arms buttons, this is of wonderful die-struck, one piece construction and retains almost all of its original silver plating.  These were made by George Armitage in Philadelphia from about 1810 to 1826.  The shank is gone. 

$ 1200.00

 

EXCAVATED MP-4 MISSISSIPPI BUTTON

B/M: Hyde &Goodrich / N-O.   21mm coat size. Nice, chocolate brown with lots of original gold gilt!  No Shank.

$ 750.00

 

EXCAVATED CS-130 CONFEDERATE CAVALRY BUTTON
B/M: S. Isaacs Campbell & Co / London / Jermyn St. (A bit hard to read, but it is there!)
23
mm coat size. Nice, smooth, chocolate brown with no damage at all!

$ 395.00 

 

EXCAVATED CS-130Av CONFEDERATE CAVALRY BUTTON Rare Cuff Size!
B/M: S. Isaacs Campbell & Co / London (Hard to read, but it is there!)
13
mm cuff size. Nice, chocolate brown with no damage at all!
Dug at Petersburg, Virginia.

$ 895.00 
i EXCAVATED CONFEDERATE STAFF OFFICER'S BUTTON, CS-44 (Tice CS296)
B/M: local.  Coat Size, 22mm
Another extremely difficult to find from the Confederate Staff group.  Note the unique eagle with a series of stars on the shield. 
This rare button is seldom seen with any gilt, but on this one it surrounds the eagle.  The shank is bent over, but intact.
SOLD!!       

EXCAVATED NORTH CAROLINA "SUNBURST" BUTTON, NC-16
23mm Coat size.  Backmark: blank Confederate local.
The shank is missing as usual... the spot soldered shank was the weak feature of these buttons.

$ 125.00  

EXCAVATED CONFEDERATE STAFF BUTTON, CS 26
21mm Coat size.  Backmark: blank Confederate local. Real attractive Confederate Local with chocolate brown patina and nice gold surrounding the eagle. 
There's even a bit of gold in the channel on the back and the iron hook survives, though it is bent a bit. 
Overall a very attractive Confederate Officer's button.
$ 395.00  

EXCAVATED ARTILLERY OFFICER'S BUTTON, Albert AY-79 or Tice AY215
Coat size (23mm) Backmark: Extra Quality
Nice smooth brown background with beautiful gold surrounding the eagle!  Shank is bent, but intact.
$ 65.00

i EXCAVATED UNION CAVALRY OFFICER'S BUTTON
23mm Coat size. Backmark: Extra/ Quality
Tons of gold gilt surrounding the eagle and the "I".
Dug at Chancellorsville in Virginia.
$ 60.00  On Hold!!!
EXCAVATED CONNECTICUT STATE SEAL CUFF BUTTON, CT-13
B/M: Scovills & Co / ExtraCuff Size, 15mm.  Perfect shank and beautiful gold gilt!
Recovered in Spotsylvania County, Virginia
.
$ 55.00       
i EXCAVATED UNION INFANTRY OFFICER'S BUTTON
23mm Coat size. Backmark: Horstmann & Allien/ New York
Nice gilt surrounding the eagle and the "I".
Dug at Five Forks in Virginia.
$ 20.00 On Hold!!!
i EXCAVATED UNION INFANTRY OFFICER'S BUTTON
23mm Coat size. Backmark: Horstmann & Allien/ New York
No gilt but nice and solid.
Dug at Five Forks in Virginia.
$ 25.00 
i EXCAVATED NEW YORK BUTTON, NY-30
23mm Coat size. Backmark: Extra / Quality
Nice gilt with brown highlights!
Dug at Five Forks in Virginia.
$ 25.00 On Hold!!!
i EXCAVATED MASSACHUSETTS BUTTON
23mm Coat size. Backmark: Extra / Quality
Beautiful gilt with brown highlights!
Dug at Five Forks in Virginia.
$ 55.00  On Hold!!!
i EXCAVATED UNION ARTILLERY OFFICER'S BUTTON
23mm Coat size. Backmark: Scovill Mfg. Co / Waterbury
Beautiful gilt surrounding the eagle and the "A".
Dug at Five Forks in Virginia.
$ 50.00  On Hold!!!
i EXCAVATED RHODE ISLAND BUTTON
23mm Coat size. Backmark: Scovill Mfg. Co / Waterbury
Beautiful gilt with brown highlights!
Dug at Five Forks in Virginia.
$ 95.00  On Hold!!!
Dug EG-6.JPG (131242 bytes) Dug EG-6 back.JPG (60767 bytes) EXCAVATED EG-6 ENGINEER'S BUTTON
23mm coat size. No shank, but tons of gold!!!  Scovill Mfg Co / Waterbury backmark.
$ 350.00
dugga-12.jpg (96604 bytes) DugGA-12back.JPG (67448 bytes) GEORGIA STATE SEAL BUTTON
GA-12.  B/M: Local.
Complete with light ground action 
$ 135.00
EXCAVATED CONFEDERATE STAFF OFFICER'S BUTTON, CS-44 (Tice CS296)
B/M: local.  Coat Size, 22mm
Another extremely difficult to find from the Confederate Staff group.  Note the unique eagle with a series of stars on the shield. 
This rare button is seldom seen with any gilt, but on this one it surrounds the eagle.  The shank is bent over, but intact.
$ 2495.00   
    
EXCAVATED GA-4Av GEORGIA CUFF BUTTON
B/M: Blank.
14
mm cuff size. Brown patina with perfect shank. 
$ 125.00 
EXCAVATED CS-172Av CONFEDERATE INFANTRY CUFF BUTTON
16
mm cuff size. Brownish-green patina with dirt with perfect shank. 
$ 275.00   On Hold!!
EXCAVATED CS-177 CONFEDERATE INFANTRY BUTTON
B/M: S. Isaacs Campbell & Co / London
22mm coat size. No damage at all!
$ 175.00 
DugNavyFront.JPG (61254 bytes) DugNavyBack.JPG (55857 bytes) EXCAVATED UNION NAVY BUTTON
Coat size 2-piece navy with straight shank and lots of gold.
$ 135.00
dug eagle a cuff.jpg (59460 bytes) Dug Eagle A Cuff back.JPG (65893 bytes) EXCAVATED UNION ARTILLERY CUFF BUTTON
16mm cuff size.  Scovill Co / Waterbury backmark, with tons of gilt and a perfect shank.
$ 55.00  
Dug Eagle A.JPG (69375 bytes) Dug Eagle A back.JPG (81250 bytes) EXCAVATED ARTILLERY OFFICER'S OVERCOAT BUTTON
23mm with perfect shank and lots of gold!!! 
$ 85.00
DugNC-16.JPG (164880 bytes) NORTH CAROLINA SUNBURST NC-16
B/M: Local
Brown with no shank.
$ 95.00
DugCV-1.JPG (150116 bytes) UNION CAVALRY CV-1 (style)
B/M: Steele & Johnson
Slick with gilt and shank.
$ 85.00
DugOC-4-Av.JPG (114749 bytes) UNION ORDNANCE OC-4-Av
B/M: Smith & Co.
Cuff Size.  Slick brown, with gilt, no shank.
$ 125.00