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#1 Enamel Glass Butterfly

Charming butterfly in fired-on enamel flits across this Div. I black glass. The thick application gives the butterfly a raised effect. Self shank with thread grooves. Est. selling price is $30-60.

Current bid: $50

Next minimum bid: $60

#2 Dual Artists Butterfly PW

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

#3 Butterfly Engraved Pinna Shell

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

#4 Purple flower

A strikingly realistic-looking orchid appears encased in this square lucite with beveled edge. Black reverse with brass loop shank. Est. selling price is $60-100.

Current bid: $115

Next minimum bid: $125

#5 Venus and Cupid Third Ave

This scarce Third Ave silver depicts Venus bathing a mischievous Cupid at a fountain. See two more Third Aves in this auction in Lot 213 and 214. Backmarked KNOPF KONIG GRAZ with loop shank. Est. selling price is $60-100.

Current bid: $135

Next minimum bid: $145

#6 Rosebud Victorian Glass

Sweet Victorian milk glass decorated with pink enameled rose buds and gold luster on the raised garland border design. Four-pronged brass hump shank. Est. selling price is $10-30.

Current bid: $50

Next minimum bid: $60

#7 Velvet Background Musician

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

#8 18th-C Enamel Muse

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

#9 Courting Couple

A delicately rendered watercolor painting on natural material under glass in a gilded mounting with a hand-tooled, faux-braided rim. Brass reverse with loop shank. Est. selling price is $200-400.

Current bid: $550

Next minimum bid: $600

#10 Meissen Cornflowers

Delicate blue cornflowers handpainted on this Meissen porcelain from Germany. Porcelain buttons were made at the Meissen factory in Germany from 1860 to 1924. Crossed sword backmark on the hollow, four-hole shank reverse. Est. selling price is $60-100.

Current bid: $104

Next minimum bid: $114

#11 Carved Rose Bloom

A rose bloom opens on this carved design in natural material. Self peg shank with tunnel. Est. selling price is $30-60.

Current bid: $63

Next minimum bid: $73

#12 Pansy Pictorial Lacy Glass

A pansy flower with stem, leaves, and bloom features a silver lustered center on this Victorian lacy glass with black tint. Shown BBB PL 36A-13. Original reverse paint shows a few missing areas. Brass hump shank. Est. selling price is $100-200.

Current bid: $70

Next minimum bid: $80

#13 Crossing the Stream Ivoroid

A young man carries a young girl across a stream in a pine forest setting. Shown BBB PL 24-11. Decorated brass rim and steel reverse. Loop shank. Est. selling price is $30-60.

Current bid: $50

Next minimum bid: $60

#14 Ribbonwork Basket

A large fabric button combines ribbonwork, embroidery, beading, and even passementerrie in its depiction of a bountiful basket of flowers. Signed “LR 95” with wire shank. Est. selling price is $30-60.

Current bid: $199

Next minimum bid: $209

#15 Oriental Musician

One-piece stamped white metal featuring an oriental woman playing a shamisen. The irregular pictorial border depicts a branching tree and floral blooms. Loop shank. Est. selling price is $30-60.

Current bid: $32

Next minimum bid: $37

#16 Victorian Celluloid

A striking brass design with cream celluloid backing features ribbon and botanical elements and three cut steel embellishments. Brass loop shank. Est. selling price is $10-30.

Current bid: $34

Next minimum bid: $39

#17 Blue Enamel Homestead

A cozy manse with tower awaits you on this twilight blue enamel. Counter-enameled with copper loop shank. Est. selling price is $30-60.

Current bid: $46

Next minimum bid: $51

#18 Rococo Gilded Shell

Inset pink glass pierreries and both silver and gold luster decorate this engraved irregular shaped iridescent pearl. Four-hole brass peg shank. Est. selling price is $60-100.

Current bid: $446

Next minimum bid: $471

#19 Tassels Enamel

A fine hallmarked silver is bedecked with tassels and garland over a blue enamel background. Backmarked DEPOSE 900 with maker’s mark. Loop shank. Est. selling price is $60-100.

Current bid: $159

Next minimum bid: $169

#20 Filigree Brass with Enamel

Scalloped filigree brass features an enameled appliqué of blue and white forget-me-nots with stem and foliage. Cut steel embellishment. Wire U shank. Est. selling price is $30-60.

Current bid: $135

Next minimum bid: $145

#21 Millhouse Brass

Quality one-piece brass depicts a water wheel and station. Interestingly, the image rests above a torse. Loop shank. Est. selling price is $30-60.

Current bid: $90

Next minimum bid: $100

#22 Enamel Iris

Emaux peints details on champleve petals yield a lovely openwork enamel iris. Loop shank. Est. selling price is $100-200.

Current bid: $404

Next minimum bid: $429

#23 Peacock Eye Steel Velvet Back

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

#24 18th-C Luxembourg Palace

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

#25 18th-C Crown Boneback Military

Bone backed yellow metal with repoussé crown and fleur-de-lis from the 18th century. Shown BBB PL 311-19. This button was designated for the veterans of the French revolution. Green linen-wrapped catgut shank. Est. selling price is $100-200.

Current bid: $75

Next minimum bid: $85

#26 Openwork Carnation

Silvered metal openwork design featuring a carnation bloom, bud, and stem, with the stem curling around to form the border. Crossbar with loop shank. Est. selling price is $60-100.

Current bid: $65

Next minimum bid: $75

#27 Cranberry Glass Jewel Gay 90s

A stunning high-domed faceted cranberry glass jewel is the focus of this modified square silvered metal mount Gay 90s. Wire bridge shank. Est. selling price is $60-100.

Current bid: $160

Next minimum bid: $170

#28 Balmoral Castle Ivoroid

This Victorian ivoroid button depicts Balmoral Castle, the British royal family’s private home in the Scottish Highlands. Shown BBB PL 260-20. Loop shank on the brass mount. Est. selling price is $60-100.

Current bid: $150

Next minimum bid: $160

#29 “V for Victoria 2”

A large, finely constructed and tole-decorated brass button with engraved details features an applied, shamrock-edged “V” in celebration of Queen Victoria. Loop shank. Est. selling price is $60-100.

Current bid: $381

Next minimum bid: $406

#30 Pink Jewel with Pastes

This large brass features a center high domed pink glass cabochon framed by a scroll design embellished with three bezel mounted pastes. Heavy wire U shank. Est. selling price is $30-60.

Current bid: $60

Next minimum bid: $70

#31 Bimini Fly

Green glass Bimini or Bimini-type with a central Fly design. Brass plate and loop shank. Est. selling price is $30-60.

Current bid: $85

Next minimum bid: $95

#32 Tree Over Wood Background

A brass tree over a wood background features a floral integrated border design. Japanned reverse with loop shank. Est. selling price is $60-100.

Current bid: $117

Next minimum bid: $127

#33 Oval Liberty Enamel

This oval Liberty silver from England features their renowned blue green enamel and a turn-around pattern design. Backmarked CYMRIC, L&C, with Birmingham city and date mark of 1901. Est. selling price is $200-400.

Current bid: $347

Next minimum bid: $372

#34 Ivoroid Chrysanthemum on Wood

A medium high-profile sepia toned chrysanthemum ivoroid mounted on wood with a turned rim. Brass loop shank. Est. selling price is $30-60.

Current bid: $56

Next minimum bid: $66

#35 Georg Jensen Bird

A modern Georg Jensen design of a bird nibbling on a berry bunch. Backmarks show GEORG over JENSEN within a dotted oval, 43, STERLING, and DENMARK. Silver loop shank. This Jensen maker’s mark has been in use since 1945. Est. selling price is $30-60.

Current bid: $175

Next minimum bid: $185

#36 Brooks Bluebells

A sweet bluebell painted design on white casein by the mid-20th century designers Alan and Edith Brooks. Molded self peg shank. Est. selling price is $30-60.

Current bid: $78

Next minimum bid: $88

#37 Iris with Pastes

This Art Nouveau silvered openwork Iris design is embellished with both two clear and three green pastes. Loop shank. Est. selling price is $60-100.

Current bid: $77

Next minimum bid: $87

#38 Triumphal Arch Verbal Horn

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

#39 18th-C Architectural Painting

Sunshine and shadows interplay on this study of the angles and elevations of an 18th-century Mediterranean city. Gilded rim, back and loop shank. Est. selling price is $400-600.

Current bid: $475

Next minimum bid: $500

#40 Silver Openwork Cherub

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

#41 Radiant Glass Trio

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

#42 Handpainted Tower in Silver

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

#43 Arts & Crafts Cymric Enamel

Another luscious Cymric enamel from Liberty is this five petaled design with center iridescent shell cabochon. Backmarked CYMRIC, L&C, with Birmingham city and date mark of 1901. Est. selling price is $200-400.

Current bid: $1951

Next minimum bid: $2051

#44 Reverse Scene on Glass

Hand colored reverse transfer on glass over iridescent pearl showing large buildings, and figures around a gazebo, strolling in a green park area. This could be a scene from a World’s Fair. Brass rim and brass loop shank. Est. selling price is $60-100.

Current bid: $60

Next minimum bid: $70

#45 Trio Enameled Czech Glass

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

#46 Oarsman

This oarsman appears to be struggling against the choppy waters. Is he traveling to or from the nearby shelter? White metal. Loop shank. Est. selling price is $10-30.

Current bid: $50

Next minimum bid: $60

#47 Scrimshaw Trio

Three medium scrimshaw engravings featuring sailing ships and whale sightings. Gilt metal mount with serrated rim design. Loop shanks. Est. selling price is $30-60.

Current bid: $130

Next minimum bid: $140

#48 Celluloid Ship

This large one-piece tinted celluloid depicts a three-masted sailing ship on the high seas. Applied celluloid bubble shank. Est. selling price is $30-60.

Current bid: $30

Next minimum bid: $35

#49 Pearl Horse with Chickens

Carved pearl disc of Bethlehem origin features a horse conferring over the fence with the local flock. Brass loop on swaged-in shank. Est. selling price is $60-100.

Current bid: $125

Next minimum bid: $135

#50 Two balloons

Two scare small balloon pictorials including a gilt and a silvered scene with sun and sea birds. Did the sun originally hold a paste? The gilt is backmarked WARRANTED FINH. Loop shanks. Est. selling price is $10-30.

Current bid: $60

Next minimum bid: $70

#51 Early Engraved Horse

This early metal alloy (which does not react to a magnet) sports a fine engraving of a lively horse. Interesting engine turning technique for the horse’s mane, coat, and ground below. Drilled shank. Est. selling price is $60-100.

Current bid: $125

Next minimum bid: $135

#52 Burwood Camel

An extra-large two-humped camel in burwood with brown paint finish. Two-hole sew-thru. Est. selling price is $60-100.

Current bid: $175

Next minimum bid: $185

#53 Jolly Elephant

Large Atlee studio of a talented elephant riding a Penny-farthing bicycle. Signed and dated. Est. selling price is $100-200.

Current bid: $290

Next minimum bid: $315

#54 18th-C Prancing Horse

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

#55 Silver Equestrian Pair

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

#56 Chinese Zodiac Set

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

#57 Silver Gentleman

A gentleman in tricorn hat, long coat, and walking stick has just descended the stairs on this continental hallmark silver. Loop shank. Est. selling price is $30-60.

Current bid: $40

Next minimum bid: $45

#58 Rafting Lithograph

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

#59 Peary at the North Pole

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

#60 Train Uniform

Silvered brass with a detailed depiction of a train engine on this railroad uniform. Backmark SPORRONG & Co, STOCKHOLM. Est. selling price is $10-30.

Current bid: $52

Next minimum bid: $62

#61 Passementerie Trio

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

#62 Early Silver Pictorial

This large early silver or white metal is engraved with what looks to be a staved basket. Though, perhaps, you have a different idea? Heavy loop shank. Backmark J M. Est. selling price is $100-200.

Current bid: $155

Next minimum bid: $165

#63 Pin-shank Early Porcelain

An elegant less-is more design on this early 19th century hard-paste porcelain in green and purple. Shown BBB PL 4-6. Pin-shank. Est. selling price is $60-100.

Current bid: $135

Next minimum bid: $145

#64 Porcelain Portrait

This large brown glazed porcelain from the late 19th or early 20th century features a transfer portrait of a lovely lady with hand-painted detail. Self-shank. Est. selling price is $30-60.

Current bid: $50

Next minimum bid: $60

#65 Gilt Sporting

A fine detailed horse’s head on this small gilt sporting. Backmark EVANS EXTRA. Loop shank. Est. selling price is $10-30.

Current bid: $8

Next minimum bid: $10

#66 18th-C Repoussé Duo

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

#67 Milk Glass Minerva

Milk glass portrait of Minerva in painted colors of orange, green, and brown. Brass loop and plate shank. Est. selling price is $30-60.

Current bid: $125

Next minimum bid: $135

#68 18th-C Woman of Fribourg

The words below this lovely watercolor portrait identify the woman as a resident of the Swiss canton of Fribourg. What is she carrying? Tinned-sheet iron back, tinned copper loop shank, copper rim. Est. selling price is $600-1500.

Current bid: $906

Next minimum bid: $956

#69 18th-C Wax Knight

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

#70 Nine 18th-C Woodbacks

Nine 18th century small and medium repoussé metal designs over woodbacks. All woodbacks with catgut shanks. Est. selling price is $100-200.

Current bid: $121

Next minimum bid: $131

#71 Woman Playing a Mandolin

This brass features a woman playing a mandolin, shown BBB PL 171-13. She may represent Erato, muse of music, as she appears to be reclining among clouds. Lacquered steel reverse with metal loop shank. Est. selling price is $30-60.

Current bid: $60

Next minimum bid: $70

#72 Paisley Border Lacy Glass

The dreamy quality of this lovely Div. I lacy glass with paisley border design derives from its aqua back color. Silver luster enhances the surface. Brass hump shank. Est. selling price is $100-200.

Current bid: $225

Next minimum bid: $250

#73 Five Faces Clover

Five unique faces are portrayed on this extra-large white metal four-leaf clover design. Loop shank. Est. selling price is $60-100.

Current bid: $145

Next minimum bid: $155

#74 Enamel with Steels

This striking large openwork green enamel design embellished with a multitude of cut steel jewels has also been found in purple color. Large U shank. Est. selling price is $60-100.

Current bid: $75

Next minimum bid: $85

#75 Head on Black Glass

A classic female head profile in white glass mounted on a thick black glass slightly concave disk. Nice portrait detail including her hair styling and dangle earring. Brass wire loop shank. Est. selling price is $30-60.

Current bid: $45

Next minimum bid: $50

#76 M/L Piper Duo

A pewter piper plays his tune as he sits amongst a network of flowering vines over a darkened back on this large and medium button. Shown BBB PL 210-6. Loop shank. Est. selling price is $10-30.

Current bid: $25

Next minimum bid: $30

#77 Coin Profile with Steels

This handsome silvered brass coin design with steel border features a laurel-wreathed bearded head surrounded by Greek lettering. Brass wire loop shank. Est. selling price is $30-60.

Current bid: $25

Next minimum bid: $30

#78 Copper Portrait

This large one-piece copper portrays the head of a young woman with joyful expression. The minimal scroll addition to the border stylishly renders full focus to the lovely lady. Copper wire loop shank. Est. selling price is $60-100.

Current bid: $50

Next minimum bid: $60

#79 Lithograph Portrait

A colorful lithograph under glass portraying a woman in mid-eastern costume, perhaps an actress? Prong-mounted paste border. Brass reverse with loop shank. Est. selling price is $60-100.

Current bid: $40

Next minimum bid: $45

#80 Paté Floral Enamel

A pretty raised-surface or paté floral enamel with beautiful coloring in pink, yellow, blue, and white. Brass mount with beaded rim design. Brass loop shank. Est. selling price is $60-100.

Current bid: $119

Next minimum bid: $129

#81 Shell Portrait

This cameo carved shell portrait of a lovely lady is prong mounted in brass with a steel embellished openwork border. Silvered reverse with loop shank. Est. selling price is $60-100.

Current bid: $35

Next minimum bid: $40

#82 Enamel Gentleman

This emaux peints enamel features a well-dressed gentleman in breeches and jacket. Is he holding a sword? Prong-mounted in brass with cut steel jeweled border. Loop shank on the gilt reverse. Est. selling price is $100-200.

Current bid: $85

Next minimum bid: $95

#83 Painting in Shell

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

#84 Painted Portrait on Shell

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

#85 Dress-Up Time

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

#86 Hexagonal Lacy Glass

A rare six-sided Div. I glass lacy with a whimsical pinwheel design. Surface painted with silver, red, and gold luster. Reverse is painted with a green-tinged cream color over the silver backpaint. Four-way brass shank. Est. selling price is $200-400.

Current bid: $238

Next minimum bid: $263

#87 Arita Girl in Bonnet

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

#88 18th-C Pearl with Heart

A heart composed of cobalt glass and pastes set in silver is inset into white oyster shell. Copper loop shank with tinned dome spacer. Est. selling price is $400-600.

Current bid: $1651

Next minimum bid: $1751

#89 Queen Victoria Horn Portrait

Black dyed horn with high relief portrait of Queen Victoria in her later years. Molded self peg shank. Est. selling price is $100-200.

Current bid: $165

Next minimum bid: $175

#90 Porcelain Fairy Tale Transfers

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

#91 Crystalized Tin Thistle

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

#92 Japanese Enamel Lily

Deluxe 19th century Japanese repoussé enamel on silver depicting a purple lily with delicate purple and yellow coloring with a splash of aqua in the bud. Silver loop shank. Est. selling price is $200-400.

Current bid: $295

Next minimum bid: $320

#93 Square Lacy Glass

Lovely gold back paint gives this rare square shaped lacy a warm glow. Four-way brass shank. Est. selling price is $200-400.

Current bid: $120

Next minimum bid: $130

#94 Peasant Silver Duo

Two intricate silver filigree buttons including a floral design and a hollow dome. The dome has a flat silver wire loop shank, while the floral has an elongated loop.

Est. selling price is $30-60.

Current bid: $76

Next minimum bid: $86

#95 Carved Fantastic Creature

A high-relief rendition of a fierce lion-like beast carved from a convex disc of natural material. Brass wire loop shank. Est. selling price is $30-60.

Current bid: $40

Next minimum bid: $45

#96 Amber Lacy Spindle

Amber lacy glass spindle features an engraved gold-filled floral garland design and gold lustered bead border. Scarce. Shown BBB PL 36A-4. Reverse has dark brown paint and a brass hump shank. Est. selling price is $200-400.

Current bid: $229

Next minimum bid: $254

#97 Moveable Botanical Enamel

A horse chestnut tree branch gracefully graces a creamy pierced circle on this delightful enamel. Three pearl teardrops dangle on their chains emerging from the branch’s seedpods. Gilt reverse with loop shank. Est. selling price is $100-200.

Current bid: $362

Next minimum bid: $387

#98 18th-C Teahouse

Finely engraved and lampblacked tea house in a Georgian shell button. Early type of swaged shank with hand-drawn gilded copper wire and domed copper shank plate. Est. selling price is $400-600.

Current bid: $330

Next minimum bid: $355

#99 Peacocks on Bakelite

Two peacocks in a brass filigree design grace this large carved chocolate brown bakelite from the 1920s. Embellished with four colors of paste jewels. Brass loop shank. Est. selling price is $60-100.

Current bid: $200

Next minimum bid: $225

#100 Sterling Box Button

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

#101 Motiwala Zodiac Set

A full set of Indian zodiac buttons of enameled copper mounted in silver, made by Motiwala. Loop shanks. Est. selling price is $400-600.

Current bid: $809

Next minimum bid: $859

#102 Thistle Handkerchiefs Corners

A cluster of thistle blossoms, buds and leaves on a hand-tooled brass turned-corners button. Made and signed by the late artist Faith Strobel. Est. selling price is $100-200.

Current bid: $375

Next minimum bid: $400

#103 18th-C Gilded Copper

A pattern of great complexity and exceptional execution. Designed to change appearances as the wearer turns in candlelight, with different patterns coming to the foreground at different angles. Heavy copper shank. Est. selling price is $400-600.

Current bid: $750

Next minimum bid: $800

#104 Green Trembler

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

#105 Gaumond Hummingbird Basket

A little hummingbird samples the flowers in Mary Gaumond’s basket paperweight with impression-inlaid metalwork. Also see Lot 295 for another Gaumond hummer creation. Signature cane on the reverse with metal loop shank. Est. selling price is $100-200.

Current bid: $125

Next minimum bid: $135

#106 Inlay Group

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

#107 Embellished Botanical Brass

An openwork leafy brass design twines around a central steel jewel floret and within the cut steel jewel border. The brass leaves are embellished with faux pearls and teardrop steels Gilt reverse with wire U shank. Est. selling price is $60-100.

Current bid: $95

Next minimum bid: $105

#108 Black Glass Fabric Pattern

A stunning mint condition black glass fabric design button with a colorful moire pattern that shimmers like a peacocks feathers. Four-way brass shank. Est. selling price is $60-100.

Current bid: $375

Next minimum bid: $400

#109 Which Came First?

This spring green egg with fresh floral design is a moveable enamel by artist Janet White. The surprise chicken in the egg is fully hatched! Artist’s signature swirl on the reverse. Loop shank. Est. selling price is $30-60.

Current bid: $86

Next minimum bid: $96

#110 Opaline Glass with Inlay

This early faceted small opaline glass features a mirror-backed center paste. Elongated loop shank with plate. Est. selling price is $30-60.

Current bid: $58

Next minimum bid: $68

#111 Stork in Flight

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

#112 Motiwala Filigree Bird

This gilt filigree button features a bird on a branch with a juicy worm in its beak. Or perhaps the bird’s rather surprised expression is because the worm is a snake! From the Motiwala Brothers of India. Elongated shank. Est. selling price is $100-200.

Current bid: $147

Next minimum bid: $157

#113 Brass Swan over Shell

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

#114 18th-C Feather Bird

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

#115 Enamel Plate with Bird

A sweet bird flitters across this rare plate-shape enamel with floral garlands decorating the scalloped edge. Loop shank on the gilded reverse. Est. selling price is $400-600.

Current bid: $361

Next minimum bid: $386

#116 Gin Bari Crane

A regal white crane stands among lotus leaves and blossoms on this lovely old button from the Japonisme era. Silver rim and brass back. Est. selling price is $200-400.

Current bid: $331

Next minimum bid: $356

#117 Tit Willow Wood Background

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

#118 XL Satsuma Birds

A pair of birds flits amidst draping wisteria on this extra-large Satsuma. Beautiful detail and border with cobalt background and back, and moriage enameling on the undersides of the birds’ wings. Est. selling price is $200-400.

Current bid: $440

Next minimum bid: $465

#119 Pierced Jeweled Transitional

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

#120 Cupid on Wood

Cupid rides the Robin in this pewter escutcheon applied to a concave wood mount. Rounded self shank. Est. selling price is $30-60.

Current bid: $51

Next minimum bid: $61

#121 Tiny Fly with Steels

Brass fly with delicate appendages is too charming to be annoying. Openwork mount and riveted steel jewel embellishment. Loop shank. Est. selling price is $10-30.

Current bid: $41

Next minimum bid: $46

#122 Carved Walrus

Vintage carved realistic walrus from natural material. Wonderful likeness! Brass loop shank. Est. selling price is $30-60.

Current bid: $146

Next minimum bid: $156

#123 Penguins on Ice

This square studio lucite features two penguins in a polar ice-scape under the moonlight. Color is not in the border – its just impossible to photograph with the reflection. Applied plastic shank. Signed and dated. Est. selling price is $30-60.

Current bid: $153

Next minimum bid: $163

#124 Sam Biern Jewel

Two layers of brass petals frame the center red glass jewel – encased within a white metal roped border. Two oval backplates on the reverse with SAM BIERN, N.Y. and a copper loop shank. Est. selling price is $30-60.

Current bid: $70

Next minimum bid: $80

#125 Riveted Black Glass Group

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

#126 Celluloid Penguin

A tan penguin jauntily saunters across the brown base on this multipart celluloid construction. Paste eye and paint finish for his beak. Celluloid shank. Est. selling price is $30-60.

Current bid: $77

Next minimum bid: $87

#127 Black Glass Butterfly

This high domed black glass features a molded design of a butterfly with faceted surface. Reverse shows backmark GESCHUTZT and cone shank with copper wire loop. Rim has a chip which does not show from the front. Est. selling price is $30-60.

Current bid: $42

Next minimum bid: $47

#128 Climbing Monkey

A monkey climbs up a cut-steel jewel embellished ladder on this scarce 19th century brass pictorial. Loop shank. Est. selling price is $200-400.

Current bid: $680

Next minimum bid: $730

#129 Chimpanzee on Shell

A high-relief metal chimpanzee with banana entertains from his perch on the highly iridescent dark shell mount. Modern monkey finding for the vintage button. Inset cast pewter shank. Est. selling price is $60-100.

Current bid: $195

Next minimum bid: $205

#130 Ivoroid Crane

Original tint Victorian ivoroid depicts a long-legged bird finding his long bill handy to pluck grapes off the vine. Shown BBB PL 133-9. Japanned reverse with loop shank. Est. selling price is $30-60.

Current bid: $63

Next minimum bid: $73

#131 Lion Door Knocker

Vegetable Ivory carved button in the realistic shape of a lion’s head with moveable metal “doorknocker.” By studio artist Richard Carpenter. Dated on the reverse. Self-shank. Est. selling price is $30-60.

Current bid: $70

Next minimum bid: $80

#132 Ugly Duckling as a Swan

A young-looking swan flutters its wings on this 19th century brass pictorial. Nice detail begs the question, “is she sitting on a nest, or in the water?” Metal loop shank. Est. selling price is $30-60.

Current bid: $10

Next minimum bid: $12

#133 Pair of Penguins

Two bright-eyed penguins are engraved in fossil ivory. Elongated octagonal shape. Brass loop shank. Est. selling price is $60-100.

Current bid: $170

Next minimum bid: $180

#134 Shell Bunny

Beautifully carved rabbit in iridescent gray oyster shell made and signed by artist Herman Bangeman Jr. Swaged-in shank. Est. selling price is $60-100.

Current bid: $227

Next minimum bid: $252

#135 Monkey Tole Painting

A monkey gazes out over the ocean from his island perch toward two sailboats illuminated in the moonlight on this tole painted brass. Shown BBB PL 109-25. Loop shank. Est. selling price is $30-60.

Current bid: $137

Next minimum bid: $147

#136 Div. I Black Glass DUG

This small and rare Div. I black glass features a floral design. A thin protective clear glass front was heat-affixed to the painted black glass base on this rare construction technique. Self-shank. Est. selling price is $60-100.

Current bid: $166

Next minimum bid: $176

#137 Glass Quartet

Four colorful glass buttons including 2-color luster pictorial, painted back with glass inlay, striped moonglow, and rectangular shape. Two have self shanks and two have four-way brass shanks. Est. selling price is $10-30.

Current bid: $60

Next minimum bid: $70

#138 Copenhagen Dragonflies Porcelain

Royal Copenhagen medium porcelain with a lovely Art Nouveau border design in muted earth tones of three dragonflies. Ca. 1920-30. Backmarks. Self-shank. Est. selling price is $30-60.

Current bid: $195

Next minimum bid: $205

#139 Cupid on Horn

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

#140 Realistic Fan

A dog chases a duck in flight on this realistic brass fan shape with both cold enamel and painted finish. Loop shank. Est. selling price is $30-60.

Current bid: $94

Next minimum bid: $104