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Object Name Link, Cuff
Catalog Number 0985.03.00148a-b
Description Cuff link: pair of cuff links made from Cuff sized Confederate Navy buttons converted to cuff inks by removing shank and braising a stud in its place; fouled anchor over crossed cannons on lined field with "CSN" below and rope border; backmark "EXTRA RICH GILT".
Dimensions Dia-0.5 inches
Owned Eugene Anderson Maffitt; Mrs. C. A. Harris
Owner Regiment CSS Alabama
Event Battle of Cherbourg
Provenance Eugene Anderson Maffitt cut these two buttons off his waistcoat and gave to Mrs. C. A. Harris in 1864. Maffitt served aboard the CSS Alabama, which the USS Kearsage sank during an engagement off the coast of Cherbourg, France in 1864. Another ship, the "Deerhound," rescued Maffitt and brought him to London. He gave the buttons to Mrs. Harris at that time. They were eventually made into cufflinks.

Note: These button have an extremely similar story to one other in the collection (2007.3.1), which was from the uniform of a CS Naval Officer resduced from the CSS Alabama. It is probable that he gave that button to another citizen (perhaps a woman) as a souvenir similar to these.
People Maffitt, Eugene Anderson
Harris, C. A., Mrs.
Search Terms Confederate States Navy
Battle of Cherbourg
Great Britain
Subjects navies
gifts