#196 Fruit Pit Carving

A small fruit pit carving depicting two musicians. Imported to the U.S. in the 1930s from China, but could date from the late 19th century. Carved self shank. Est. selling price is $60-100.

#146 Reverse Intaglio Grapes

A fine bunch of grapes reverse molded and painted in slightly domed glass in an unmarked silver rimmed mount. Silver loop shank. Est. selling price is $60-100.

#126 Birmingham Trade

This medium Birmingham trade button features a deep-set center paste surrounded by dark pink celluloid with perforated border. Gilded steel rim and reverse with brass loop shank. Est. selling price is $60-100.

#136 Operculum in Silver

Non-iridescent operculum shell cabochon mounted in unmarked silver rim and back. Operculum, the “trap door” of a gastropod shell, is a good counter in competition. Est. selling price is $30-60.

#137 10K Gold NBS Comm.

The National Button Society commemorative button showing button measures and the society’s year of establishment, 1938. Backmarked B.B. CO (for Bastian Brothers Company of Rochester, NY) and quality mark of 10K. Est. selling price is $30-60.

#95 Insect Inlay Horn

Medium winged insect inlay in silver and shell in a black oval horn button. Molded self shank. Est. selling price is $30-60.