Unused cards of 19th c buttons
Victorian salesman's sample card.
Salesman's cards would often have variations of the same button for buyers to choose from. These black glass buttons have differing tints.
Antique blue buttons
Black glass with silver & blue luster.
Cattail design with interior twinkle rim.
Before & After
I love having a large lot of buttons to pick through. This grouping had all kinds of buttons including pictures, storybook, twinkles, pressed pewter, Czech glass, waistcoat, black glass, plain brass, mother of pearl & velvet perfume buttons.
3rd picture from the top is a storybook button with a design known as the "Easter Boat Ride." It depicts 2 birds towing a 1/2 shell boat with 2 figures inside.
Several, like the navy twinkle buttons & those with a strawberry design have worked their way into bracelets, while others have been sold.
Unused with plant life.
Antique buttons with designs of plant life, unused, on their original cards. The top 2 images are of black glass buttons, the others are metal picture buttons.