#274 Irish Repeal Horn

A scarce button from the Irish Repeal Campaign of the 1840s, a campaign for Irish self rule. Pressed black horn featuring a harp, crown & the words GOD SAVE THE QUEEN, 1844 REPEAL 1844. Inserted metal loop shank. Est. selling price is $60-100.

#280 Silver Military Man

A decorated officer, identity undetermined, on this silver portrait button. Possible identification is Emperor Franz Joseph of Austria. Front hallmarks include maker’s mark C.W.& S., Birmingham city, and date mark of 1901. Loop shank. Est. selling price is $60-100.

#227 Aquarium Paperweight

Three fish swim in a colorful underwater environment on this paperweight from the glass studio of artist Will Stokes. Sparkling dichoric glass background. Initial and date cane on the reverse WS 96. Wire loop shank. Est. selling price is $60-100.

#232 Hugo Fish Hook

An unusual button of a fishing hook made of feathers and set in metal under glass. Made by Francois Hugo for Elsa Schiaparelli in the late 1930’s. Shown in Loic Allio’s book Boutons, p. 167. Gilt metal mount. Loop shank. Est. selling price is $200-400.

#210 Griffin Livery

Silvered livery featuring a griffin with shield surmounting a torse. Rings decorate the beast, as does one ring on the shield. Backmark EXTRA SUPERIOR QUALITY. Omega shank. Est. selling price is $30-60.

#145 Transitional Multi-Material

Shell, glass, and beaded metals in concentric rings surround engraved shell with a central deep amber paste. Transitional button from the late 18th or early 19th century. Rimmed silvered copper mount with copper loop shank. (Listing correction 1/22/24) Est. selling price is $200-400.

#148 Over the Shoulder

Vibrantly colored portrait under glass of a young woman looking back over her shoulder. Note her hat with its blue ribbon and pink plume. Silver or silvered mount with loop shank. Est. selling price is $200-400.

#156 Big Diamond & Ruby Ball

The last word in ball-shaped buttons, a hollow sphere of woven gilded metalwork topped with a six-point star studded with diamonds & a ruby (stones tested & confirmed). Elongated loop shank. Est. selling price is $400-600.

#157 Emperor Enamel

Very fine oval enamel depicting an emperor’s head. The rich coloring of his cape and head covering are enhanced by foil fired beneath the enamel. Reverse is counter enameled. Est. selling price is $200-400.

#140 Double Crest Livery

Brass livery with double crests: a cross crosslet and motto TRUSTIE TO THE END, and a haltered lamb head with motto SPES FOR LI VIRO. Backmark FIRMIN & SONS LD. 153 STRAND.LONDON Est. selling price is $30-60.

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