I often wonder about the reasoning behind some design choices of button manufacturers in the 19th century. Some designs include everyday objects such as the corner of a lacy handkerchief, dice, horseshoes, buckles, bows, tassels, wreaths, fringed pillows, shells, medieval weaponry, umbrellas, plant containers, vases & more. The design on the large unused buttons of this card are a decorative box on a fancy lace doily.
A bit too plain for jewelry, these lovely silk buttons are perfect for costuming & re-enactors. The 2 cards at the top have a subtle stripe, while the set at the bottom has a braided center. The braided buttons are in a hard setting, most likely vegetable ivory. All have padded backs to sew through. Because these buttons would be more permanently attached by being sewn on, they were probably made for garments that weren't laundered as often such as coats & vests.
Another great haul of buttons still on their original cards. or just barely still on the card as is the case in the last photo. Top buttons are much more detailed than I'd originally noticed & have an early Art Nouveau floral design over a green background. Gray buttons have a tiny butterfly in the design. bottom card of twinkle buttons with tinting.
Full cards of unused antique Victorian & Edwardian buttons; a great way to motivate me to create more jewelry.
Victorian twinkle buttons, that have a reflective inner layer that is meant to provide additional shine & brilliance; unused on their original cards.
For some reason I've happened upon lots of extremely nice cards of Parisian buttons lately. I purchased many and lusted after others. After what I've spent on buttons just in January, I fully expected these to be way out of my price range. They have many of the qualities that many collectors look for. Full card of Paris buttons? Check. Cardboard card still intact? Check. Near mint? Check. Pink? (always a popular & highly sought after color) Check. Bird design? (also very popular) Check!
I live for this! Fresh, new, old stock antique buttons that are still on the card. Never used, many of these still have their original vibrant tint and need little or no cleaning. I've been lucky enough to find a button seller that has many different types of antique buttons in sets.
Marked on the backs of the cards is the price for these 100 years ago, most sold for .07-.20 cents a piece. With so many different cards & types of buttons, I'm starting to feel like a haberdasher.
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!