Premier Firearms Auction
May 12, 13 & 14, 2023
CIVIL WAR PERIOD FRENCH MADE CONFEDERATE STAFF OFFICER BUTTONS
These 2 buttons represent one of the pinnacles in Confederate button collecting. They were made by the firm of Trelon, Weldon & Weil of Paris, France. They were likely imported into the Confederacy on a blockade runner during the early years of the war. Albert # CS-3-A and CS-3-Av. Face depicts a drooped wing eagle with a shield on its chest bearing the letters, “CS” below an arc of 11 stars all on a lined field. The reverse is marked, “T . W & W – PARIS – ” on the coat button and “T . W & W * PARIS * ” on the cuff button.
Both buttons have full straight shanks. The original order for these buttons from Trelon, Weldon & Weil has been located and the order states the buttons were made for “Armes Confederecs”. It has also been discovered that the Civil War Confederate coat of G.T. McGehee of the 8th Texas Cavalry has a full compliment of these buttons.