Whether you call him Neptune or Poseidon, this god of the sea was a favorite mythological design on Victorian buttons. He is always pictured with his trident, & sometimes on a shell or with seahorses. Here are a few of his many incarnations.
Yesterday these great French sporting buttons arrived from St. Alban, France. The seller wrapped them in French postcards from Les Karellis, Savoie and Toulon, so I was able to have a small virtual trip as well.These buttons are all equestrian themed. These were originally parts of sets of buttons that adorned the coats of ladies or gentlemen that belonged to exclusive hunting and riding clubs. Giddy up!