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This cranberry red base paperweight was a collaboration between John Gooderham and Nancy DuBois. A silver butterfly rests within a border of coiled silver wire and millifiore canes under the clear cap. Wire shank. Signed on the reverse with Gooderham’s cane and DuBois’ engraving. Dated 1996. Est. selling price is $60-100.
Current bid: $160
Next minimum bid: $170
Gold-filled engraving on dark pinna shell features a center butterfly surrounded by a border of six butterflies and florets. By artist Nancy DuBois. Brass loop shank. Signed and dated 1998 on the reverse. Limited edition #2 out of 5. Est. selling price is $60-100.
Current bid: $255
Next minimum bid: $280
Cupid, chin propped on chubby fist, is the audience for a lute player on this rare Victorian pictorial. Note the end of Cupid’s quiver of arrows, which you can see just below his wing, thereby establishing his identity. Brass loop shank. Est. selling price is $100-200.
Current bid: $190
Next minimum bid: $200
An exquisite 18th century enamel features a pink draped goddess or muse playing hand cymbals as she dances through a lush green field, a blue ribbon flowing along with her movement. White counter-enameling with drilled copper loop shank. Est. selling price is $600-1500.
Current bid: $897
Next minimum bid: $947
A prong mounted peacock eye jewel centers this openwork individually riveted cut-steel jewel design backed with black velvet. Other facetted steel velvet backs can be seen BBB PL 29-1 and 2. The velvet has lost some of its nap. All is rivet-mounted to a silvered steel reverse with copper loop shank. Est. selling price is $100-200.
Current bid: $707
Next minimum bid: $757
Built in Paris in the early 17th century for Marie de Medici, mother of Louis XIII, the palace’s south facade today looks very much as it does in this fine 18th-C engraving under glass. Copper rim and loop shank, tinned sheet-iron back. Est. selling price is $400-600.
Current bid: $750
Next minimum bid: $800
This rare black horn features the triumphal arch at the city gate of Milan, Italy, the ARCO De PACE (in lettering at the base of the structure). The construction of this “Arch of Peace,” first began in 1807 under Napoleonic rule, and was later completed in 1838 under Austrian rule. Metal loop shank. Est. selling price is $200-400.
Current bid: $625
Next minimum bid: $675
A cherub holds an open book on this pierced hallmarked silver with rococo scrolled border design. The hallmarks on the front include maker’s mark S J, London city marks, and date mark of 1900. Shown BBB PL 76-27. Silver loop shank. Est. selling price is $60-100.
Current bid: $75
Next minimum bid: $85
Two Div. I and one modern sweet radiant glass buttons. Includes a dewdrop radiant with amber color, a radiant reflector with green coloring and front molded beaded cross, and a modern radiant reflector with aqua color. The old glass have wire loop shanks. The modern has a self-shank. Est. selling price is $30-60.
Current bid: $45
Next minimum bid: $50
An interesting handpainted scene on natural material of a tower, wall structure with archway, and paved courtyard. The scene is mounted under glass and set in a silver rim with beaded and openwork scalloped border. Reverse shows silver support bar with loop shank. Est. selling price is $100-200.
Current bid: $228
Next minimum bid: $253
Three lovely modern glass buttons in opaque pink satin, and transparent teal and blue, with enameled floral design enhanced with gold luster. A center raised floret adds dimension. An exclusive design commissioned by the late Geri Peck and handpainted by a family of artisans in the Czech Republic. Four-way metal shanks. Est. selling price is $30-60.
Current bid: $60
Next minimum bid: $70
A charming white horse and blue-coated rider, companion button to the galloping horse sold in last summer’s auction. Watercolor painting on paper under glass. Gilded copper rim and back, copper loop shank. Added note: It has been brought to our attention that this is a Dressage scene, as was the companion sold in the Summer Auction. The horses depicted are likely Andalusian or Lippazan. Est. selling price is $600-1500.
Current bid: $700
Next minimum bid: $750
Two hallmark continental silver buttons from the late 19th century. Huntsman on His Horse, shown BBB PL 76-19, and Woman on Horseback, shown BBB PL 75-29. Both have the same front hallmarks which include continental mark BM near the riders’ heads and the same marks below the horses. A nice related pair addition to a competition card. Loop shanks. Est. selling price is $60-100.
Current bid: $225
Next minimum bid: $250
Twelve extra-large buttons, each depicting an animal of the Chinese Zodiac, beautifully engraved and sepia toned in natural material. Here is the horse, dragon, goat, pig, tiger, dog, snake, oxen, rooster, rabbit, rat, and monkey. Self rounded peg shank. Est. selling price is $400-600.
Current bid: $887
Next minimum bid: $937
This lithograph under celluloid is rather hard to read, but the picture looks to be of a man leaning against storage box or trunk as he rides a raft on a serene body of water. Trees fill the background and his reflection is suggested on the water. Metal loop shank. ID’d! From the famous painting Fur Traders Descending the Missouri by George Caleb Bingham. Est. selling price is $30-60.
Current bid: $75
Next minimum bid: $85
The highly collectible brass depicting Admiral Peary standing at the North Pole in this scene with another Parka-dressed figure, polar bears, a large sailing ship, the U.S. flag, the Aurora Borealis, stars in the sky, and an igloo. Elongated loop shank. Est. selling price is $100-200.
Current bid: $161
Next minimum bid: $171
Three fabric passementerie buttons. Two 18th century with metallic foil threadwork designs feature glass pastes, and a pearl face on the larger medium with silk fabric on the smaller medium. The third glass seed bead design is of a later age. One has a linen threadback, one is a boneback, and the beadwork button is a fabric back. Est. selling price is $60-100.
Current bid: $208
Next minimum bid: $233
A small and a medium metal repoussé duo from the 18th century. The medium features a botanical pictorial design and the small has a center metal wire weave design with a gilt rim border. The medium is over a wood mold while the small has a bone mold. Catgut shanks. Est. selling price is $100-200.
Current bid: $80
Next minimum bid: $90
This wax sculptured knight from the 18th century still wields his shield and sword, though he appears to be rather battle-weary. This rare 18th century button material obviously did not weather well, as there are few surviving examples. This fellow still proudly soldiers on. Under glass with copper rim. Sheet iron reverse with copper loop shank. Est. selling price is $400-600.
Current bid: $291
Next minimum bid: $316
An elaborately constructed button. Gilded inlaid copper stripes alternate with inlaid brass stripes in the shell frame. Inset into the shell is a watercolor portrait on natural material under glass with a tooled and gilded rim. Inset four-way brass shank. Est. selling price is $600-1500.
Current bid: $700
Next minimum bid: $750
This large handpainted portrait of a young lady shimmers with a beautiful iridescent depth from the underlying shell surface and thick outer lacquer coating. By a skilled Russian artisan. Mounted in unmarked silver with a double roped border design. Silver wire loop shank. Est. selling price is $60-100.
Current bid: $300
Next minimum bid: $325
A young child has donned a fancy dress and shoes on this handpainted cobalt glass. A family of glass artisans in the Czech Republic worked with the late Geri Peck of California to render her limited edition Mary Gregory painting style designs. Reverse shows backmark H gp 07 with plate and loop shank. Est. selling price is $30-60.
Current bid: $125
Next minimum bid: $135
This extra-large realistic Arita porcelain figure with her big blue eyes will be your new precious friend! With her bonnet and flower-filled basket, she is dressed in her finest for a special outing. Typical double shank for this size Arita. Backmark. Est. selling price is $200-400.
Current bid: $395
Next minimum bid: $420
Four scarce porcelain transfer scenes depict the Fairy Tales “Red Riding Hood and the Wolf,” “Puss N’Boots,” “The Pied Piper,” and “Cinderella.” The gold and silver lustered sepia transfer images retain good clear detail. AND this lot includes almost a duplicate set with four more of these buttons, though there are two Cinderellas and no Piper. These extras do not have quite the detail definition. Self shanks. Est. selling price is $60-100.
Current bid: $210
Next minimum bid: $235
A scarce button featuring a brass thistle design against a tinned back with colorful tinting. The thistle bloom and leaves are filled with crystalized tin. Twig brass border design. This button was shown in a crystalized tin article in the Dec. 2005 NBS Bulletin on p. 238. Steel reverse with hump shank. Est. selling price is $30-60.
Current bid: $252
Next minimum bid: $277
A linear shape, a contour shape, gemstone OME, movable, backmarked—so many competitive points on this fine sterling silver button with blanched interior. Likely from the Middle East or Asia. Reverse shows silver content 925 and the loop shank. Est. selling price is $100-200.
Current bid: $170
Next minimum bid: $180
Very rare Victorian “Trembler” with faceted green crystals in open gilt brass over spring-loaded trembling mirror interior. When trembling, the button makes a gentle “bell” sound. Read more about this scarce find in the National Button Bulletin, July 2010, p. 140. Backmarked BREVETTE S.G.D.G.and PAT. APR 26.04. Brass loop shank. Est. selling price is $600-1500.
Current bid: $1000
Next minimum bid: $1100
Five small to medium buttons, four with inlay designs, and one with steel jewels and a metal (non-moveable) doorknocker. Jocelyn Howells, in her materials book, designates these buttons as celluloid, though they have long been known as composition. Two have dark blue bases. The diamond shape has a wee chip on an edge tip, not noticeable from the front. Sew-thru, loop, and a knob shank. Est. selling price is $30-60.
Current bid: $34
Next minimum bid: $39
A sepia shaded stork in flight against a dark teal background brushed with gold. This one-piece molded porcelain button is attributable to Mintons, and is scarce. Once thought to utilize paté-sur-paté technique, broken examples have proven press-molding created the design, as explained in BBB PL 9-14. Brown painted reverse with self shank. Est. selling price is $100-200.
Current bid: $235
Next minimum bid: $260
Exquisite Art Nouveau design featuring a swan gliding over the rippling water against an iridescent dark shell mount. The foliage of a large iris bloom and the swan’s wing shape the border. This fabulous button was made for French designer Jacques Doucet, who created designs for actresses of the time, including Sara Bernhardt. Brass loop and plate shank. Est. selling price is $400-600.
Current bid: $800
Next minimum bid: $850
A real-feathered bird rests atop a painted branch foil background on this 18th century under glass. Painted paper formed its shape and undercolor, and a spot of paint color dots its cheek. Silvered rim. Iron reverse with copper wire loop shank Est. selling price is $400-600.
Current bid: $500
Next minimum bid: $550
A large theatrical button showing a forlorn looking bird on a rocky crag with foliage. Tinted pewter against a wood background. Shown BBB PL 157-20, this button represents Tit-Willow, from “The Mikado,” the tomtit bird who throws himself in the river, his little heart broken from unrequited love. Japanned reverse with loop shank. Est. selling price is $30-60.
Current bid: $80
Next minimum bid: $90
A beautiful example of early 19th century metal stamping work, a prelude to the Victorian explosion of metal pictorials. This silvered copper features a center jeweled medallion consisting of nine bezel mounted glittering faceted glass pastes. Heavy shank. Est. selling price is $100-200.
Current bid: $135
Next minimum bid: $145
These all appear to be riveted black glass, though only the large button and the top small one in the photograph are of this construction. The next small button is molded pierced, without the metal mount, and the sew-thru glass has a center applied to the back metal and a riveted border of beads. Loop shanks, brass hump, and four-hole sew-thru. Est. selling price is $30-60.
Current bid: $40
Next minimum bid: $45
This dyed black horn button depicts Cupid in high relief holding his bow with a quiver of arrows slung over his back. Flower garland designs decorate the figure on either side. Shown BBB PL 189-6. Inserted metal loop shank. Two pic marks are visible on the reverse. Est. selling price is $60-100.
Current bid: $110
Next minimum bid: $120