#298 18th-C Copper

Handsome tooled 18th century copper with eight repeated leaf-like shapes circling the center. Interestingly, when the light catches the tooled chasing on this button, the marks glitter like diamonds. These tooled copper buttons may have been as effective in the candlelight at garnering attention for a gentleman as steel buttons! Copper loop shank. Est. selling price is $100-200.

#279 18th-C Architectural

A domed landmark of 18th-century Paris is depicted in textured white gesso under glass on a lavender background. Copper rim and tinned sheet-iron back. Est. selling price is $400-600.

#273 18th-C French Uniform Woodback

Gilt metal repoussé over wood. French uniform button from the 18th century features a fleur de lis. Original catgut threaded shank. Est. selling price is $60-100.

#234 18th-C Angler Sporting

An unusual English silver sporting button engraved with an angler, a tree, birds and a water mill. Hallmarked for London 1795 with maker’s mark WS. Hefty silver loop shank. Est. selling price is $600-1500.

#202 Engraved Sporting Tombac

A hunting hound leaps for the unfortunate fox held by the hunter on this 18th century engraved tombac. Fine detail and beautiful condition. Typical tombac cone and loop shank. Est. selling price is $400-600.

#203 18th-C Copper Dog

A large copper button elaborately hand-engraved with a dog seated in a position familiar to any dog owner. Note the torse line. Button has a beautiful patina with aged iridescence (not visible in listing image). Copper loop shank. Est. selling price is $600-1500.

#204 18th-C Sheffield Silver Copper Fox

A fox in motion finely engraved on this 18th century copper with silver-plated (Sheffield) finish. Copper loop shank. Est. selling price is $600-1500.

#207 18th-C Copper

Elaborate tool work in multiple concentric rings, with alternating elements lightly silvered. Copper loop shank. Est. selling price is $200-400.

#173 18th-C “Sulphide” Fox Under Glass

Exquisite and rare, this 18th century “sulphide” (an old hobby term for this type of reverse intaglio) depicts a fox against the blue textured background. Mounted on gilt copper. Shown in Ertell’s “The Colorful World of Buttons,” plate 15 #11. For date and process information about 18th-century reverse intaglios, see Elizabeth Hughes’ article in the February 2009 issue of the National Button Bulletin, page 10. Est. selling price is $3000 and up.

#141 Multi-Color Foil Passementerie

Metal-wrapped thread outlines the colorful flower design and forms the border on this three-colored foil & passementerie from the 18th century. Threaded reverse. Est. selling price is $100-200.

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