National Button Week part 7–four favorites

Four favorite buttons will finish up our little button series this week.

First I’m showing a “picture button” or “pictorial”.  Button collectors love ’em!
The early ones were made of brass, and have lots of categories!  I think the one I’m
showing today would be a “story” button because it’s Lil Bo Peep.  The back is marked
with TW&W Paris.  That company was in business until 1864.  Size is 3/4 inch diameter.

brass Lil Bo Peep button; ©bbooksandbuttons

Second is called a perfume button.  If you look carefully—don’t forget you can click on the
images and make enlargements . . .you’ll see that it’s a brass button, with a black velvet cross.  The Victorian wearer could put a drop or two of perfume on the velvet and enjoy the scent for quite a while.   Clever, hm?  Size is 7/8 inch in diameter.

perfume button; ©booksandbuttons

Next is a lovely button.  It is 1890s porcelain with hand-painted roses and gold edging.  Size is 1 inch diameter.

hand-painted porcelain button; ©booksandbuttons

Finally, I’m showing a lithographed button of a lady, dating to the last quarter of the
19th Century.  The button has a brass back, detailed fleur-di-lis edging and a celluloid
covering over the portrait.  The size is 1 1/4 inch in diameter.

lithographed button; ©booksandbuttons

Is the library still open?    If not, go first thing on Monday.   Borrow some button collecting books.  Learn all you can—start collecting.  Go to flea markets, garage sales, auctions, button shows.  Next year for National Button Week YOU’LL be the one writing a post about buttons!


You already know me---I'm in your book club. I've been in your book club in Wisconsin, in New York, in Missouri, in Connecticut. Now I'm in your book club in Pennsylvania. I love books! (I also collect buttons!) I'm looking forward to having conversations about books with people just like you----who also love books and want to talk about them. Send me an email: booksandbooks (at) me about a book you are reading. (or buttons of interest)
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2 Responses to National Button Week part 7–four favorites

  1. booksilver says:

    Fascinating … is there any scent lingering on the perfume button?
    That girl on the last button looks like she’s stepped out of one of Thomas Hardy’s novels.
    Good week — thanks!

  2. no scent left—I thought of that, too. the girl—not Tess surely. And maybe too weak
    around the eyes to be Tess . . .but I get your drift. Let me quickly reread all of the Hardy
    in the house and I’ll see if I can find a woman who might fit. 🙂

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