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Buttons271 of 498Very old looking button17th Century silver tunic button ?????
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    Posted 6 years ago

    Westside66
    (5 items)

    Carved with incredible detail and colour in Ivory, sure they are japanese.
    Could be Meiji period ???

    There are 8 of them in the set.
    larger ones are 30mm diameter
    Smaller are 21mm diameter

    Its very difficult to value such rare items as i've never seen anything like them on the market.

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    Comments

    1. Celiene Celiene, 6 years ago
      Those are incredible! If they are Japanese, I would assume they are Japanese macaques.
    2. Efesgirl Efesgirl, 6 years ago
      http://www.earthlyadornments.com/antique-japanese-scrimshaw-ivory-button-with-monkey-face-btiv101.html
    3. racer4four racer4four, 6 years ago
      Westside what exceptional and fabulous buttons these are. And a set!

      Well found Efesgirl.
    4. kyratango kyratango, 6 years ago
      Agree with all of you, friends :-)
      Wonderful set and the expressions of the monkeys are so lively!
      Love!!!
    5. Westside66, 6 years ago
      Thanks everyone for your helpful comments -
    6. tanisaac, 6 years ago
      Hi! Are these for sale? I am not a collector, but I am using interesting buttons for subjects in my fine art. If they are not for sale, would you consider giving me permission to use the photos here as a source to create a painting on canvas? Thank you for your consideration!!! These are VERY cool!!
    7. Jean123, 6 years ago
      These are fabulous. I'd love to know what goes into figuring out which monkey goes where on a garment.

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