A small, but mighty attraction. Buttons are the fascinating toy of young and old, rich and poor.
Do you remember playing in your mother's or grandmother's button box when you were young?
|Some of the buttons in the author's collection|
They were ornaments owned only by the very rich and elite in Europe. Used as status symbols, the more ornate the more well connected the wearer.
These seemingly simple little wafers, generally no larger than 3" and most 1/3 or less than that, cross over realms of art and history being carved, painted, molded, rolled, pressed and decorated in every way imaginable. They are made from glass, metal, plastic, mother of pearl, bone, leather, Bakelite, covered metal, crocheted or woven and more.They are collectibles today for everyone from the most modest home to the The Victoria and Albert Royal Museum as well as in France which originated the Button Makers Guild in the 1300's.
|Glass, metal, plastic, mother of pearl, bone, leather, Bakelite|
|2 hole 4 hole|
MOP or mother of pearl
Brass Horse mounted on braided leather