Four favorite buttons will finish up our little button series this week.
First I’m showing a “picture button” or “pictorial”. Button collectors love ’em!
The early ones were made of brass, and have lots of categories! I think the one I’m
showing today would be a “story” button because it’s Lil Bo Peep. The back is marked
with TW&W Paris. That company was in business until 1864. Size is 3/4 inch diameter.
Second is called a perfume button. If you look carefully—don’t forget you can click on the
images and make enlargements . . .you’ll see that it’s a brass button, with a black velvet cross. The Victorian wearer could put a drop or two of perfume on the velvet and enjoy the scent for quite a while. Clever, hm? Size is 7/8 inch in diameter.
Next is a lovely button. It is 1890s porcelain with hand-painted roses and gold edging. Size is 1 inch diameter.
Finally, I’m showing a lithographed button of a lady, dating to the last quarter of the
19th Century. The button has a brass back, detailed fleur-di-lis edging and a celluloid
covering over the portrait. The size is 1 1/4 inch in diameter.
Is the library still open? If not, go first thing on Monday. Borrow some button collecting books. Learn all you can—start collecting. Go to flea markets, garage sales, auctions, button shows. Next year for National Button Week YOU’LL be the one writing a post about buttons!