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Solid Cast CSA CS 86A Button
Item #: JSM 793
Solid Cast CSA CS 86A Button Solid Cast CSA CS 86A Button Solid Cast CSA CS 86A Button
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I have been fortunate enough to have excavated several of these in my relic hunting experiences. These are among my favorite Confederate buttons. Crudely cast of heavy solid brass each one is a little different from another. Shanks were not uniformly rendered and rims often appear a bit misshapen. But the letters CSA stand boldly across each face. Five of these non-dug specimenms were displayed in the shadow box collection of post-war collector Dr. Wray Wythe Davis of Richmond, VA. Wray W. Davis' father was Dr. Hugh Wythe Davis, former Major and Asst. Surgeon to the 1st Virginia Infantry and Surgeon in charge of the Soldier's Home Hospital in Richmond. In the years following the war Maj. Davis and his young son Wray collected relics from sites around Richmond. When Wray reached manhood he followed his father's footsteps in a medical career and among his patients were many ex-Confederate soldiers some of whom donated buttons from their uniforms to the collection. Young Dr. Davis displayed his Confederate plates and buttons in a shadow box in his dental office in Richmond into the 20th century. This button was but one of 68 displayed and one of six CS 86A's in it. I expect these were donated to him by one soldier / patient. All have similar patinas. A wonderful button with great provenance! I have five left.
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