Avis Yuni Antiques & Collectibles

Manufacturer: Victorian Buttons
This is an interesting pair of matching buttons in a different design style, which were obtained from 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 3/16 inches in diameter (we've shown them with a quarter for size comparison in one image). We would describe these are being a two layer button. On the topside, there is a 3-dimensional open work or cut out type design on top of a thin lined background piece. If you look at these buttons from the side, you can tell that the entire topside of the button is a separate piece that is crimped or otherwise held onto the backside part which has the protruding shank. The cut out type section of the topside has an ornate swirl & curlicue design to it with cut steel accents, larger ones at the center of the swirl and within the curlicues, with smaller ones forming the central swirl. While a large size, these buttons are lightweight, each weighing about 2/10ths of an ounce unpacked.

These appear to be metal buttons as a magnet sticks to the top, back and sides of these pieces. The overall coloring is black (for a bit over half of the thin lined background, the curlicues, outer top rim and the larger cut steels), but with green for about half (the other half) of the thin lined background, and gold color for the smaller cut steels which form the central swirl. The backside is black, as is the shank.

We should note that there is the possibility that the thin lined background area on the topside could be made from something other than metal. When we look at this it seems to us more like a celluloid surface than a metal surface with a nice sheen to it. It is clear than the magnet strongly sticks to the topside steels and outer rim trim, but we can't maneuver the magnet in the small spacing to see if it sticks to the thin lined background piece, so we don't know if that is also metal or made of something else that has been colored black & green. Metal is definitely a major construction component of these buttons, but they may also include another material, we just don't know for certain.

We are uncertain of the exact age of these buttons, but they are definitely not new. From the style, design, cut steels 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 (many Mourning Buttons, although not all, were made of black glass, and there is no glass here). 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 since the camera flash created such strong light intensity and white "hot spot" reflections. While the camera lighting allows you to get a better detailed view of the design and condition, you can see how the "hot spots" move across the images, so viewing them all should provide a good idea of the full buttons. We also rotated the buttons in varied images so that you can clearly see how the green background color is present in about half the background. The green is less pronounced or differentiated in color from the black when you view these buttons in person, but still there and noticeable. Please use the zoom feature to examine closely.

Very nice overall condition but they do show age & use wear. There are no chips, cracks, crazing, pieces missing that we see. Relative to the green background area, we can't tell you for certain whether this is how these antique buttons were originally made and intended or whether this is some sort of localized fading/wear. Since the green occurs the same way on both buttons, only appears in this background area, and could be an intended interest point, we don't find it to be a problem. But it is possible that this area was originally all black and some sort of wear, spill or exposure caused this type of black to green color change, we just don't know. Overall the raised topside decor areas seem to be in very good shape. You can see wear to the black coloring such that the base metal is showing though on some of these topside black areas, such as the upper outer trim and the larger cut steels within the curlicues. While this could be as originally intended, it also could be age wear, but this also is not objectionable and adds to the nifty overall antique look (and believability of age here). Wear to the black top surface is most noticeable along the outer side edge, where we do think this was originally all black with much of the black worn away over the years resulting in the mottled black and metal base look the sides have now. The gold coloring for the small cut steels which form the central swirl motif is all there and very striking. The topside surfaces likely have other general age/surface wear, but nothing that jumps out with normal eyes or is bad. The metal shanks on the backside look good. The black metal flat surfaces on the backside show expected wear via some discoloration, rubbing, scuffs, dots/uneven surface, etc., but not bad.

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.

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