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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.

 

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  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 NORFOLK MILITARY ACADEMY BUTTON
Backmark: R&W Robinson / Extra. 18mm. Nice, smooth & loaded with gold!  The shank is perfect.  These were thought to be associated with Transylvania University of Kentucky for years, but are now known to be from Norfolk Academy where the building represented on the button was built in 1840.

SOLD!!!  H-43

 

EXCAVATED AB-3-B AVC (Alabama Volunteer Corps) BUTTON
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, but slightly bent.

SOLD!!!  H-38

 

EXCAVATED VIRGINIA STATE SEAL, VA-9-A4  Silver!
Backmark: Wm. H. Smith &  Co / New York.  Coat size: 22mm. Nice, chocolate brown with lots of original silver!  The shank is intact, but slightly bent. 

SOLD!!!  H-144   

 

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 MILITARY INSTITUTE BUTTON, SU-408  Desirable Backmark!
B/M: Firmin & Sons / London.   21mm coat size. Nice, with lots of original gold gilt and the shank is perfect!

SOLD!!!

 

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 MP-5 MISSISSIPPI BUTTON
B/M: Local  22mm coat size. Nice, chocolate brown with nice original gold gilt!
Dug at a camp of the 17th Mississippi on the Rapidan River in Virginia.

SOLD!!   

 

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