Posted 6 years ago
This is my late 1800s button charmstring. The legend back then was that if a young woman collected 999 buttons, her Prince Charming would appear. I acquired it from a seller who knew its provenance, and it seems that Flora Elva Congdon Napier's prince arrived early as it only has a little over 200 buttons.
I shared photos of this charmstring with a wonderful site: http://charmstringmuseum.blogspot.com, if you'd like to see more photos than just the four posted here.
The wolf's or dog's head button could very well be the touch button, the button that started the charmstring. The GAR button in the third photo is Grand Army of the Republic, a Civil War Veterans' organization.
I collect antique buttons and have most of them on cards now, but I've considered making my own charmstring although my prince arrived 16 years ago!