Buttons have been made from almost every known material and by every manufacturing technique. Their study provides insight into fashion trends, the clothing industry and social history in general. This book introduces the wonderful array of these treasures from the past, to show the variety of materials and the intricate design and workmanship incorporated in making the humble button. Military and civilian uniform buttons are not included. About the author Alan and Gillian Meredith have been button collectors for over thirty years, undertaking much original research and writing articles for leading antiques magazines, as well as appearing on television and radio. They owned and ran the first and only button museum in Great Britain, creating a focus for those interested in the history, design and manufacture of buttons, as well as introducing a fascinating subject to the general public.
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Art Deco Art Nouveau Art Nouveau style Arts and Crafts back mark Bakelite base for inlay Bimini Birmingham black glass bone Bottom row brass button collectors button-making buttons were produced carved celluloid Ceramic buttons cinnabar cloth-covered colour copper cut steel buttons dandy buttons decorative buttons disc early twentieth centuries eighteenth century Eighteenth-century dandy enamel fashion garment gemstone glass buttons glass centre glass with painted gold grey pearl Hallmarked hand-painted Hardstone horn industrial revolution known by collectors layer left to right Lucie Rie lustred manufacturing marcasite Market Harborough metal back metal buttons metal loop shank metal shank Middle row milky glass moulded white glass mounted leather natural plastic nineteenth century overall buttons painted glass pearl buttons Pewter pin shank pressed glass production Queen Victoria reverse-painted riveted rust Satsuma selection of twentieth-century self-shank set in silver silver buttons stamped Top row Treble Standard twentieth century vegetable ivory vogue wooden mould