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Virginia Militia Coatee; Berkeley Border Guards.

Berkeley Border Guards Coatee A beautiful pre war militia uniform in all it’s splendor and sewn with General Staff buttons, this coatee , from the collection of the Company of Military Historians at the Virginia War Museum, is indicative of the pomp and finery of southern militias of the era. The following information is the … Continue reading »

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Young,Smith & Co. General Staff Buttons

Young, Smith & Co. General Staff Buttons Early Variants Submitted by Harry Eichman Presently, there are five distinct die faces and two back mark variants known for the early Young, Smith & Co. General Staff buttons.  GS-5 and GS-22, as referenced by Albert’s numbering system. (1)  These buttons are from the first Henry Young and … Continue reading »

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Backmark Gallery (Post War)

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Backmark Gallery (Pre & Civil War)

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Applied Eagle Device Staff Buttons

Among the many well made uniform buttons of the United States military and government services, the 3-piece General Staff eagles are undoubtedly some of the finest. They are often highly detailed, of heavy gilt, and even hand or jeweler chased. Unique to these, and arguably the most ornate, are the “applied eagle” devices. Even more … Continue reading »

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Looking for these staff button backmarks.

GSB  Will pay top dollar, and / or trade for the following Staff Buttons (non-dug) For Purchases or Trade Offers  Contact Us  A.C.M. & CO/Phila   H. E. Baldwin & C0/ New Orleans A.C. Marien & Co. J.S. Fraser / New York / Extra Superfine Fecheimer Bros & Co. Goddard & Bro /Extra Metropolitan Police … Continue reading »

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Pad Back Buttons

Pad back staff button of unknown origin;  Can you assist with information or guidance ?  Have 4 buttons, all staff type , coat and cuff.  Assume to be 1880’s and later as patent records describe such a device.

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General James Johnston Pettigrew C.S.A.

         Born on the 4th of July 1828, at Bonarva Plantation in Tyrell County, James Johnston Pettigrew would become one of North Carolina’s pre-eminent scholars and Confederate generals. He was educated at Bingham Academy near Hillsborough, and later graduated from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill as class valedictorian in … Continue reading »

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Sgt. Major Edward D. Robinson 1st Regiment South Carolina Artillery, C.S.A.

Sgt. Major Edward D. Robinson Walter’s Company 1 st Regiment South Carolina Artillery “Washington Artillery” Confederate States Army Edward Robinson, born 1828 in Connecticut, moved to Charleston, South Carolina before the War and worked as a sales clerk for J. E. Adger & Co, Wholesale Hardware Dealers.  Residence 54 E. Bay Street, Charleston. Edward had … Continue reading »

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The United States Army Staff Button : “Objet d’ Art”

American armies have utilized uniforms that range from the ornate flamboyance of the past, to the drab utilitarian  look of the modern era.  Given our European background, early  American military equipage followed the models of the French and English armies with respect to doctrines, armaments, and organization.  As the militias and regular army grew,  a … Continue reading »

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