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Insignia Relics Of
The American Civil War

Uniform regulations were extensive and also addressed the proper design and wear of buttons, vests, sashes, gloves, cap insignia, spurs, knots, epaulettes, belts, swords, cravats, and neck stocks. Trimming, braiding, and design on many of these items signified rank or affiliation. Proper wear and design are detailed in the U.S. Army Regulations.

Civil War Insignia identified soldiers by regiment, company, brigade, corps, rank and division of service.  Some were embroidered and some were made of brass or cloth.

All Civil War Insignia we sell are genuine and meet our fastidious criteria for authenticity. Every museum quality relic is accompanied by a sealed Certificate Of Authenticity and is guaranteed for life to be genuine. 

Of course, if you want to haggle the old fashioned way with us about the price of any item, feel free to e-mail us with your best offer! Just because you are purchasing online, does not mean Rothchilde Antiques doesn't listen to you!  Some relic prices are firm, but all offers are carefully considered. Contact us anytime should you need more information about any of the relics we showcase, we truly enjoy hearing from you! 


Monocracy, MD.

This Civil War lead acorn appliqué was the symbol for the 14th Army Corps, 3rd Division.  It has retained some of its original blue paint, has four rust holes from where it had been attached during the war and has some white oxidation from where it has oxidized from the paint loss.  It was dug in a Civil War Union site in Monocracy, Maryland and was part of a private collection from the 1930s.

It measures 2-3/4" tall by 1-3/4" wide, 1/8" thick.


11th Army Corps Badge
Army of The Potomac

The crescent became the symbol of the 11th Army Corps and was officially adopted March 21, 1863 by order of Major General Joseph Hooker.

This superb non-dug badge has retained its gilt, the back pin is in excellent condition.  It measures once inch.



The Civil War brass laurel wreath hat pin was worn by staff officers.  Their Division or Company insignia was pinned in the middle of the wreath.

It was worn on a slouch hat or a kepi.

This non-dug hat insignia has retained 99% of it's original gilt and the back pin is perfect.



Some soldiers wore their regimental numbers and company letters on their hats, which was the Army regulation during the war. They were either made of embroidered cloth or brass, which were either sewn on or fastened to the kepi or slouch hat with a pin.  This brass insignia is from "C" Company.

Back pin is in excellent condition.


This brass insignia is from "F" Company.

Back pin is in excellent condition.


This brass insignia is from "G" Company.

Back pin is in excellent condition.


This brass insignia is from "L" Company.

Back pin is in excellent condition.


Brass insignia numbers represented the regiment the soldier belonged to.  This brass insignia is from the 8th Regiment.

The face is perfect, the back pins are in excellent condition.


No Picture Available Brass insignia numbers represented the regiment.  This brass insignia pin is from the 1st Regiment.

The face is perfect, the back pin is in excellent condition.


The usual officer's hat insignia was an embroidered infantry horn often with the number of the regiment embroidered in the circle. Embroidered insignia were expensive and did not hold up well in the field. Metallic false embroidered insignia, such as this brass one, were available as a substitute. Although intended for officers, photographs will on occasional show enlisted men also wearing them. The enlisted use of these metallic infantry horns appear to be very common in images of troops from New England states, particularly New Hampshire. 

Original Civil War Infantry Horn Kepi hat pin with both hooks on back -  extra nice!


This is the Staff Officer's brass, hat insignia of a field musician, noted by the brass lyre in the center of the wreath.

Over forty thousand musicians were mustered by the U.S. Army during the Civil War. The music they played conveyed specific orders that required specific responses by the troops, seldom did the musicians play for entertaining the troops. In the Union Army alone, records show that approximately 100,000 musician recruits were 16 years old with an equal number of 15 year olds, and at least 300 boys were 13 or less; the records even show that there were at least 25 boys no older than 10 years, these boys were made up of orphans who made the Army their home and since they couldn't carry a heavy rifle, they were given a drum, fife or bugle.



The waist belt of the soldiers uniform was fastened with a brass buckle, usually oval in shape and for the Union Army, the letters US were in raised block letters in the center of the buckle.  From 1839-1874 the United States waist belt plate (buckle) varied little in construction and appearance. The belt plate was standard issue from the United States Government to its soldiers during the Civil War. This piece of decorative stomach armor saved many lives.

US brass buckle is in perfect condition, both front and back .  It has a warm, distinctive patina, it's the nicest US buckle we've ever seen.