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Backmarks from the partnership generally bear both names but in either order.

W H Smith also sold buttons bearing his name solely. Smith Young & Company operated in New York from approximately 1830 to around 1858. / N -YORK " rmdc, Scovill produced ca 1840s or 1850s, (Smith Young410)., Reference: Tice, Dating Buttons, page 143, [Plate B-15, 17]. This is the "Ridgeway Civil War Research Center", a research tool for educational purposes only, and is provided at no cost to the reader.

Books in my library on US Military buttons include: The design of US Navy Officer’s buttons prior to WWII, in use from 1852 until 1941, was an eagle facing left standing on a horizontal anchor.

On May 14, 1941 the Navy ordered that the head of the eagle face its right side.

I listed some good reference books in the first post. There is a very rare version of the eagle and horizontal anchor, with the anchor pointing the opposite direction from those worn during the Civil War through to the present. According to Tice, “Less than ten specimens of this button made around 1835-1855 have been found by the author.”(sources: Earlier US Navy buttons worn prior to the Civil War, made from the 1830’s to the early 1850’s, were of a design with the familiar eagle and anchor as with later designs, but the anchor was upright.

There were many different variations, including versions of the eagle facing right and others facing left.(source: Prior to the 1830’s, US Navy buttons were of a one-piece design, and were flat or slightly convex.

There are many different backmarks for US Navy buttons dating from the 1850’s and 1860’s, as well as many post-Civil War backmarks.

This is the "Ridgeway Civil War Research Center", a research tool for educational purposes only, and is provided at no cost to the reader.

Thanks to Lou Yeargain, Barbara Barrans, Pat Koehler and Nikki Deal who assisted in the development of this educational resource.

They provided reviews, comments or other support including images or buttons for the examples shown.

There are many interesting facts about US military uniform buttons.

Here are some of those - with examples, all buttons pictured are from my collection.

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