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    Posted 9 years ago

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    I bought a bag full of buttons and there are many many different kinds. All look rare. But these stood out. I have other groups that stood out that I may share at a later time. This was found at an estate and she had lots of craft things she had held on to. Help is appreciated with any history you may have. These intriqued me and I may even join a button society at a later time. I already bought a huge book.

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    1. Buttonista, 9 years ago
      Hi Lady,

      The first beautiful Button with the large square green stone was made in the 1890's to be worn on coats. If it's very large( 1 1/2 inch) then it's considered to be what Button Collectors call "Gay Nineties" type. If it's much smaller then it's probably a Victorian Jewel Button. This is the best Button in the bunch.

      The second Button is a pierced enamel Button that appears to have some paint around the edges to simulate enameling. Made in the 1880's, to be worn on jackets.

      The third Button is a brass Victorian Button that simulates braided hair very similar to the Mourning jewelry of the same period (1870-1880). Most mourning Buttons were made of black glass with a dull finish but I have seen a few metal ones. These would have been worn on bodices or sleeves. The backing of this one apears to be missing but it's still an interesting Button!

      The last Button is a work clothes Button made from 1900-1935 and this one appears to have originally been a "rivet-back" type(now missing) that was popularly used on denim overalls and work clothes worn by those who worked on or were associated with railroads.

      None of them are terribly rare but all are collectible!
    2. l.a.lady l.a.lady, 9 years ago
      I would very much like for you to email me as I have to many here to show you. Not to evaluate, just to show you as I think you would enjoy seeing them. I appreciate all the information, It is valuable tome,. Thank you, anita
    3. l.a.lady l.a.lady, 9 years ago
      Buttonista, I appreciate your information. I am buying a book at this time. Where can I get some that are not expensive. Thank your help. .
    4. Buttonista, 9 years ago
      Sure, no problem l.a.lady! Sometimes you can get cheaper Button Books at Button Shows and I'm not sure if you're in Los Angeles or not but there is a Button Show there later this month-here is a link for the info and don't forget to tell them that "Buttonista" sent you:

      Sometimes you can get Button Books on Amazon that are "used" for a lot cheaper. Here is a link to some of the more informative and fun Button Books:

      I recommend these three:
      About Buttons: A Collector's Guide 150 A.D. to the Present by Peggy Ann Osborne
      Button Button: Identification and Price Guide by Peggy Ann Osborne Paperback
      The Collector's Encyclopedia of Buttons by Sally C. Luscomb

      I hope this helps and Happy New Year!

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