Fashion Buttons

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In this category we offer vintage and antique fashion buttons of glass, shell, Bakelite, celluloid, and other composition, non-uniform types of buttons for sale.

Button types and parts

  • Sew-through buttons: buttons with buttons that pass through the front of the button.
  • Shank buttons: have a small ring, bar, or turret with a hole called the shank protruding from the back of the button, through which it is attached to the garment
  • Covered buttons: fabric-covered forms with a separate back piece that secures the fabric over the base.
  • Worked buttons: cloth buttons created by embroidering or crocheting tight stitches over a knob or ring called a form.
  • Mandarin buttons: sometimes called frogs, are knobs made of intricately knotted strings found on Chinese dresses.
  • Backmark: manufacturers mark on the back of a button

Some Glass and Porcelain Button Types

  • Jet Glass: A black glass or sometimes anthracite coal button that had considerable populatity on mourning garments during the late 19th and early 20th century.
  • Luster: Glass with an iridescent or metal sheen created by the application of special chemical during manufacture.
  • Molded: Fancy buttons of the late 19th century were molded clear with paint or transfer designs applied to the back giving them the appearance of a small paperweight.
  • Cut: Buttons with hand faceted or cut designs
  • Calico: Glass or porcelain buttons with painted designs
5 Vintage Carved clear lucite buttons

5 Vintage Carved clear lucite buttons

Item No.: BU5111 Description: Button(s): Carved clear lucite buttons Age: 40s Size: 1 inch Condition: very Good, wear and light scuffs, no damage...
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8 Sporrongs Sweeden Buttons, Crowned Phoenix

8 Sporrongs Sweeden Buttons, Crowned Phoenix

Item No.: BU5109 Description: Button(s): Sporrongs Sweeden Buttons, crowned Phoenix, Lot of 8 Age: 1930s? Size: 3 large (3/4 in) 5 small (9/16 in)...
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Antique Button Hook with Amber and Pearlized Celluloid Handle

Antique Button Hook with Amber and Pearlized Celluloid Handle

This is 6 inch long (15 cm) old or antique button hook featuring a amber celluloid handle with a pearlized veneer on one side. It has some wear, and...
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Antique Green and Black Celluloid Button Hook Buttonhook

Antique Green and Black Celluloid Button Hook Buttonhook

This is 6 inch long (15 cm) old or antique button hook featuring a green and black celluloid handle. It has some wear, and the steel has a little...
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Civil War era D Evans Brass Buttons EXTRA with Oak Leaf Shank

Civil War era D Evans Brass Buttons EXTRA with Oak Leaf Shank

This pair of 1/2 inch diameter brass buttons were made by the D. Evans Co. of Attleboro, MA. Their backmark, two piece construction, gilt design, and...
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Lot of 8+1 Vintage Black Glass 1 in Coat Fashion Buttons Ground

Lot of 8+1 Vintage Black Glass 1 in Coat Fashion Buttons Ground

For one money is this lot of eight plus one black glass coat or sweater buttons. They are just over one inch in diameter (1 1/16), and their back...
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Pair of Antique French Ivory Celluloid Button Hooks, 7 in

Pair of Antique French Ivory Celluloid Button Hooks, 7 in

For one money is this pair of french ivory celluloid handle button hooks. One is about 7 inches (10.5 cm) long and one is a little bit longer. They...
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