Most of these buttons date back to the late 1800s, after the Industrial Revolution. The popularity of shiny black glass or jet buttons peaked during the Victorian era, when it was not possible to have too many shiny buttons visible on your garments.
These buttons might be decorated with mother of pearl, with gold accents, pressed in molds or even cut by hand. They were often made in France or Germany. By looking closely at them we can often see how they were manufactured and get clues to their ages and unique histories.
This collection of buttons has been sourced from a variety of places, and many of the buttons once adorned fabulous garments. Today they have been lovingly set by hand in decorative open backed bezels, so the shanks of the buttons are visible, providing a tactile connection to the history of fashion.
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