Avis Yuni Antiques & Collectibles

Manufacturer: Victorian Buttons
Neat pair of matching black glass buttons out of a home. We are not button experts and will do our best to describe these as we see them.

Large round buttons with a shank back, measuring about 1 inch or 26 mm (milimeters) in diameter (we've shown them with a quarter for size comparison in one image). They have what we would call a wavy edge, as they are not flat but undulate. To add interest and reflect the light when worn, they have a multi-faceted surface, kind of like lots of higher and lower smooth pieces jammed next to each other (like pave rhinestones or diamonds in some brooches). Very pretty and elegant looking. The backsides of the buttons are smooth. These buttons are lightweight, each weighing about 2/10ths of an ounce unpacked.

We are uncertain of the exact age of these buttons, but they are definitely not new. From the style, design, and overall look, we think they are Victorian or early 1900s. It is possible that these are "Mourning Buttons" from some information we've read, but we are not certain. They are definitely vintage buttons, and we think they are antique buttons. There is no indication of manufacturer or country of origin on these buttons.

There are 8 images shot at differing angles. The style of these buttons, smooth glass surfaces and their all-over black color made them very hard to photograph and show well (we did the best we could, you will see they are lovely in person). The camera lighting helps as the light reflects off the multi-faceted surfaces aiding in seeing the detail, but does cause white "hot spot" reflections (particularly when viewing the backsides of the buttons). Please note in image #8 it looks like there is a discolored spot on the backside of one button but that is not the case, this is the camera picking up a reflection of a ceiling light on the smooth glass surface. There is no discoloration on these buttons, they are all black. Please use the zoom feature to examine closely.

Very nice overall condition with some minor age use flaws. If you examine these buttons closely with a loupe, on one button you can see 2 very tiny top rim edge chips near each other, and then 2 chips on the side of the button (again near each other, one is very tiny and the other slightly larger at about 1/16 inch width). On the second button we can see a tiny pin dot of top edge wear, and on the side a few very tiny chips. The remainder of the topside surfaces look great. They may have some other minor surface wear that we are not seeing given the age and likely use, but nothing bad. When you look closely at the side edges it looks like these were ground smooth during manufacture as they don't have the shiny look seen on the top and bottom, but a flatter, ground look (that was perhaps necessary given the wavy edging), although there is still some tiny roughness in spots, nothing bad. On the backsides we can see some lines in the glass which we think were also caused by bending the glass in manufacture. On one button the two lines can be slightly felt with a fingernail but don't appear to be cracks, they look formed in the glass (the lines in the other button can only be slightly felt, again appearing to be part of the bending). The shanks look good, with a tiny visible line as made where the two ends of the shank were formed together/met on one button (not seen on the other), but firmly together/solid and fine for use. Nothing major to worry about here.

We have other buttons listed for sale. Should you be interested in more than one, please contact us prior to inputting the order. The system has been set up to calculate shipping for each individual listing and will not provide you with the savings you would get by shipping more than one listing in the same package. We would be pleased to provide that for you.

Shop by Store Name

Click on a letter to view store names that begin with that letter.
More Shopping
Resources
  • News-Antique.com Today's news about the antiques & collectibles trade.
  • The TIAS.com Showcase Antiques & collectibles that were added to TIAS.com today.