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Object Name Necklace
Catalog Number 0985.13.00271a
Description A necklace (.271a) consists of twenty-five buttons: eleven US Regular General Staff (of which four buttons are small), one US Regular General Service, 1 US Regular Cavalry, six Virginia General Staff, and one "CSN" Confederate Navy. Part of a jewelry set (necklace, hair comb, two bracelets, two earrings, and two cuff links) made from buttons off Confederate Army and Navy officer uniforms. The buttons are brass, two-piece and the larger size (0.875"), except where noted small (0.5").
Owned William W. Davies
Made William W. Davies
Provenance The jewelry set is made from buttons of Confederate Army and Navy officers' uniforms. The donor's husband, William W. Davies, spent forty years collecting the buttons and then having them made into a set of jewely called "Rebel Brass."

The buttons in the necklace originated from the following Confederate officers (clockwise from top, exclusive of cross): unknown, S. Cooper, M. D. Corse, J. L. Kemper, unknown, J. E. Johnston, A. G. Taliaferro, Fitzhugh Lee, Henry A. Wise, Braxton Bragg, JEB Stuart, A. S. Johnston, W. Smith, T. J. Jackson, Nathan Bedford Forrest, Robert E. Lee, James Longstreet, William Mahone, and Daniel Ruggles. The buttons in the cross originated from the following Confederate officers (vertically, then the two on L and R of center): Confederate States Navy [unknown], P. G. T. Beauregard, George E. Pickett, JEB Stuart, Ambrose P. Hill, and Joseph E. Johnston.
People Davies, William W.
Cooper, Samuel
Corse, Montgomery Dent
Kemper, James Lawson
Taliaferro, Alexander Galt
Lee, Fitzhugh
Wise, Henry Alexander
Bragg, Braxton
Stuart, James Ewell Brown (J. E. B.) (Jeb)
Johnston, Albert Sidney
Smith, William (Extra Billy)
Jackson, Thomas Jonathan (Stonewall)
Forrest, Nathan Bedford
Lee, Robert E.
Longstreet, James
Mahone, William
Ruggles, Daniel
Beauregard, Pierre Gustave Toutant (P. G. T.)
Pickett, George Edward
Hill, Ambrose Powell (A. P.)
Johnston, Joseph Eggleston
unidentified Confederate officer
Search Terms Confederate States Navy
Subjects jewelry
Buttons
Necklaces
Crosses
Crucifixes
navies