Magnificent Collectable Antique Button Pendant #AQ1
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Renee says: "One of the joys of my life is to source these glorious antique buttons to use in my jewellery designs. This is a bronze button from the mid-1800's era, which I've set in solid sterling silver. Back "in the day" it was only the master craftsmen who were allowed to make such buttons, and the details and workmanship is just exquisite. This pendant can easily be worn with a gold or silver chain, or pearls for ultimate versatility. I guarantee you will be as thrilled with this piece as I am. Click on images for some more up close peeks at this treasure. "
Length:2.25 inches See photo of pendant next to Australian .50 coin for size reference.
One of a kind.
Note: I am often asked how I know the age of the buttons I use. I have an extensive library of button books and can authenticate just about every button I use! I have also been to the international button festival in the USA twice, and once to the Melbourne, Australia button gathering. These events always host a great series of talks on buttons and I've learned so much about these wee and often rare treasures.
Antique “Picture Buttons”
Making their appearance in the mid 1800’s era, “Picture Buttons” became fashionable by the late 1870’s and were made until about the 1920’s. Most were manufactured in Europe by master craftsmen and are remarkably beautiful and well made. A “Picture Button” is metal, sometimes a combination of metals such as steel, silver, copper or brass. Many of these buttons have been given names, either when they were originally made or later as to identify them for collectors. Many “Picture Buttons” feature designs that depict fables, myths, operas, animals, scenes or popular items of the age.“Picture Buttons” are true miniature treasures from a bygone era.”