#282 Cottage Scene Enamel

Luminous enamel over foil in silver and blue lends the appearance of a moonlit night to this cottage scene. Later 20th century silver mount by Phil Linley. Small chip in the enamel at 9:00. Loop shank. Est. selling price is $60-100.

#285 Needlework Girl

A young girl dutifully tends to her needlework on this engraved and pigmented shell from artist Dianne Schefferly. Signed and dated on the reverse. Brass shank. Est. selling price is $60-100.

#293 Fruit Basket

A large painted realistic plaster basket holds a colorful variety of good things including a pear, apple, cherries, melon, and a nut. Inserted metal loop shank. Est. selling price is $10-30.

#300 Moon & Balloon

Herman Bangeman Jr.’s cameo-carved shell depicts a hot-air balloon in the moonlit and starlit night sky. Signed and dated. Est. selling price is $100-200.

#254 Greenaway Children with Snails

Victorian brass pictorial depicting Miss Patty and Master Paul, who found two snails on the garden wall, from Under The Window by Kate Greenaway. Japanned reverse with loop shank. Est. selling price is $30-60.

#255 Pulling Hair Woodback

This Victorian era brass depicts two toddlers engaged in a toddler-style rout from the confines of their high chairs. Wood background. Shown BBB PL 194-8. German backmark and wire loop shank. Est. selling price is $30-60.

#224 Eiffel Tower & Monkey

French white button with a violin-playing monkey performing by the Eiffel Tower. Loop shank. Est. selling price is $60-100.

#214 Domed Glass in Metal

Handsome high dome brown glass jewel with foil inclusions mounted in brass with a decorative pierced border and four tiny yellow cup-mounted paste jewels. Convex brass reverse with loop shank. Est. selling price is $60-100.

#169 Three Bees Steel Cup

Great steel cup with three brass bees and steel jewels decorating the textured brass background. Wire U shank. Est. selling price is $100-200.

#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.

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