They are genuinely old and unusual.
I've heard many stories about the origin of these buttons. Button collectors and Civil War authorities have argued about their authenticity for years.
I've had many genuine Confederate Navy artifacts over the years, including buttons, and I don't think these buttons quite meet the standards of English-made CS officers' buttons of the 1860s. However, they are genuinely old and unusual, and I am selling them for far less than you would pay for the certifiably authentic originals. These were probably made using the original dies. I only have two left. I invite your comments on them.