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