Small ball shaped buttons with hear shapes cut out of the top that allow the interior reflective twinkle aspect to shine through & provide additional brilliance.
The Gibson girl was a feminine ideal of the Art Nouveau period created by illustrator Charles Gibson. She was an early standard of beauty, youth & fashion and often portrayed with her hair piled atop her head in order to accent a graceful neck.
This card of Parisian buttons was a great find, though they look as if they were attacked by someone who was a bit too heavy handed with the patina. The bottom pictures show a few after they were cleaned.
These were a great find! Cut steel buttons were at the height of men's fashions in the mid 1700's for adding additional brilliance to wealthy gents clothing. Cut steel buttons made a resurgence in the mid 1800's for well-to-do ladies wear, and are highly collectible today.