Interesting Buttons

Lately I’ve acquired some interesting buttons you might
like to look at.  I like to wonder what clothing they were on–
a pretty suit?  a man’s waistcoat?  a pink wool coat?

Let’s start with my favorite—oh, that’s not nice–I mean one of
my favorites:

plastic or lucite large button--4 inches--with rhinestone trim ©booksandbuttons

plastic or lucite large button–4 inches–with rhinestone trim ©booksandbuttons

 

 

 

 

 

 

This large beauty like a bow–would have been a knockout on a
swirly pink felt short coat . . .isn’t it wild?

The next interesting button has some age to it–is all metal with
two escutcheon additions.  There is the basic brass lobed flower
as a base, then enameled blue flower petals and a red “gem” for
the center.  I love the early blue color.  The back is plain.

One inch metal button with escutcheon embellishments ©booksandbuttons

One inch metal button with escutcheon embellishments ©booksandbuttons

 

 

 

back of metal floral button ©booksandbuttons

back of metal floral button ©booksandbuttons

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Next is a half-inch cameo button with a profile of ?? and rimmed
with brass.  I think the type of shell is “queen’s shell” and the figure
might be Egyptian or classical.  What do you think?  There is an
interesting backmark–partly illegible –of crossed swords and then,
clearly “BRITISH MAKE”.

Half inch cameo button with brass rim ©booksandbuttons

Half inch cameo button with brass rim ©booksandbuttons

 

 

backmark on cameo button ©booksandbuttons

backmark on cameo button ©booksandbuttons

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And in the same frame of mind—no identification–I lead you to
a find I call “Who He?”—a heavy button–plain back–profile under
a covering of plastic? celluloid?  For a minute, I couldn’t find the
button and called it “Where He?” but now I have it . . .

Who He? metal button ©booksandbuttons

Who He? metal button ©booksandbuttons

 

 

back of Who He? metal button--looks modern ©booksandbuttons

back of Who He? metal button–looks modern ©booksandbuttons

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here is a dear little mess of early china buttons–white china
with dark blue rims, THREE HOLES, largest one is only 5/16″.

Group of early blue and white china buttons ©booksandbuttons

Group of early blue and white china buttons ©booksandbuttons

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Last, but not least!  is a blue stone cabachon button.  It’s
an inch and a half long and is seated on a rusty brass plate,
a little loose.  Not only is it terrific on its own right, but—-
has an interesting reverse—-a rowboat with oars!  See them?

Blue cabachon button ©booksandbuttons

Blue cabachon button ©booksandbuttons

 

 

 

 

Rowboat and oars reverse on cabachon button ©booksandbuttons

Rowboat and oars reverse on cabachon button ©booksandbuttons

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And if you like surprises when you flip over a button, check out my
Wellington buttons which look innocently plain on the front–but
have beautiful engravings on the back.  Just type “Wellington buttons”
in the search box at the top of this post.

Hope you enjoyed the little tour.  How is your button collection coming
along?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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4 Responses to Interesting Buttons

  1. WORDMAN says:

    I’ve been a collector of books and buttons for more than 50 years now, and whilst I continue to amass books, I’ve long ago neglected my buttons. Since following your blog, however, I have a renewed passion for buttons – thanks for the inspiration.

  2. Buttondeb says:

    What a lovely and varied assortment of treasures. “Who he” is mysterious indeed. For some reason, I want to say “Constantine”, but I should probably look up his images before committing to a guess in print!
    Love those three holers–they must have looked very cool sewn on, as the thread would form a triangle!

    • booksandbuttons says:

      Oh, boy—-Who He would love to be Constantine! Who would
      have thought of that (except you). Yes, the little china
      buttons are the dearest. I’ll share at our next buttonfest!

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