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Object Name BUTTON
Catalog Number 0985.03.00229a-x
Description The twenty-four buttons are identical and share the following characteristics. Each consists of a single piece of cast gilded brass with shank. Each has "CSN" and crossed cannons with an anchor on the front. Each has a backmark which reads "FIRMIN & SONS 53 STRAND LONDON CONDUIT ST & 15." These buttons are in the original paper box with its wrapper. One button is discolored on the face.
Material metal (brass; gold)
Dimensions H-4.25 W-7.5 D-1 Dia-0.875 inches
Owned W. H. Griset
Made Firmin and Sons, London, England, Great Britain
Provenance "These buttons were made in England for the Confederacy, by Firmin & Sons, military ornament manufacturers. A large consignment of goods, destined for the Confederacy, reached Bermuda after the war ended. W. H. Griset, a merchant of Hamilton, secured all the buttons, and during a period of some twenty years, he sold them as Civil War souvenirs, eagerly purchased by the many Bermudians who were sympathetic to the Confederate cause." All of the goods were sold at St. George's at auction; my father purchased other goods which were given to one of the Confederate museums some twenty years ago.
People Griset, W. H.
Search Terms Confederate States Navy
Subjects Blockade running
Blockades
Auctions
imports