#1 Victorian Hand with Cuff

A large silvered metal realistic hand with detailed lacy cuff. Hollow construction. Metal loop shank.

Current bid: $65

Next minimum bid: $75

#2 Spider, Web, Bee, and Grain Sheaf

This quality large one-piece brass features a spider over an engraved web, a bee, and a sheaf of wheat with a sickle. Further engraving details on the ground. This scarce button is related in design to a rooster button shown BBB PL 143-2. Brass loop shank.

Current bid: $98

Next minimum bid: $108

#3 Pictorial Celluloid Tight-Top

An extra-large pictorial celluloid tight-top features a shadowy evening landscape with two tall trees in the foreground, a river, and more trees and hills across the water. Two bird silhouettes can be seen in the sky. Cut-out metal shank.

Current bid: $61

Next minimum bid: $71

#4 Sam Biern Rose

Exceptional high relief red and gold tinted rose with green tinted foliage over the gold background. Extra detail includes a rose bud and a butterfly. Small metal backplate with backmark SAM BIERN N.Y. Metal loop shank.

Current bid: $45

Next minimum bid: $50

#5 Rare Transfer on Shell

Unique and scarce polychrome transfer of an Elizabethan lady on green snail shell. Swaged-in shank.

Current bid: $135

Next minimum bid: $145

#6 Rare Micro-Mosaic Threadback

In exceptional condition, this silvered brass frame features a micro-mosaic floral design in oval black glass. Thread back.

Current bid: $57

Next minimum bid: $67

#7 Realistic Fruit on Straw Plate

Unusual and scarce, this large assortment of realistic fruit is mounted on a woven straw plate. Brass backplate with loop shank.

Current bid: $70

Next minimum bid: $80

#8 DuBois Pinna Shell Rooster

Fabulous large Nancy DuBois carved and engraved pinna shell Rooster embellished with small steel jewels. Metal plate and loop shank. Artist backmarks: 080827 2/5 nb 2001 Bantam Rooster.

Current bid: $166

Next minimum bid: $176

#9 Etched Pearl in Nouveau Metal

Deluxe late 19th century etched pearl with trefoil leaf design is mounted in a silvered metal art nouveau style border repeating the triad theme flowing leaf design. Brass reverse with cut-out bird cage shank.

Current bid: $65

Next minimum bid: $75

#10 V.I. Jackie Coogan Verbal

A small and very scarce embossed vegetable ivory with the head and name in vertical type of child actor Jackie Coogan. Coogan first became famous when he starred with Charlie Chaplin in “The Kid” (1921). Two-hole sew-thru.

Current bid: $255

Next minimum bid: $280

#11 Painted Glass with Posies

A sweet medium white glass with painted rim and polychrome painted design of four posies. Four hole sew-thru.

Current bid: $26

Next minimum bid: $31

#12 Rare Lord Roberts Pretoria

This scarce one-piece gilded verbal pictorial features a portrait of the famous 19th century British soldier and commander Frederick Sleigh Roberts, 1st Earl Roberts. The fabulous border design features an art nouveau lady holding a garland and ribbon with the words PRETORIA. Another ribbon below the portrait reads LORD ROBERTS. Loop shank.

Current bid: $167

Next minimum bid: $177

#13 XLG Realistic Pearl Rose

An extra-large carved rose bloom in luscious iridescent pearl with realistic shape. Inset brass plate and loop shank.

Current bid: $44

Next minimum bid: $49

#14 Deluxe Victorian Trembler

Very rare Victorian “Trembler” with faceted crystals in open silvered 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. Backmark BREVETE with loop shank.

Current bid: $850

Next minimum bid: $900

#15 Gutta Percha Grapes Whistle

Rare gutta percha whistle in beautiful condition with a molded design of grapes and leaves. Green tint decorative finish on the leaves and background engraving.

Current bid: $156

Next minimum bid: $166

#16 Operculum with Turtle

A tiny silver metal turtle sits atop an operculum shell with natural beautiful green, yellow, and brown coloring. Applied brass plate and loop shank.

Current bid: $80

Next minimum bid: $90

#17 Female Head Liverpool Transfer

A porcelain in metal with a classic female head polychrome transfer, typically referred to as a Liverpool transfer. Nice coloring and detail on the image. Brass reverse with loop shank.

Current bid: $138

Next minimum bid: $148

#18 French White Monkey Head

The head of a monkey adorned with a jockey’s cap is framed by a horseshoe border on this French white metal from the mid-20th century. Metal loop shank.

Current bid: $70

Next minimum bid: $80

#19 Meerscham Head

A realistic shaped head of a bearded man with turban is carved from meerschaum, a soft clay-like material found in Turkey. Inserted metal loop shank.

Current bid: $51

Next minimum bid: $61

#20 Silver African Madonna

A Sid Bell sterling silver in the shape of the African continent features the head of an African woman. Backmarked THE AFRICAN MADONNA, HANDMADE ‘71, STERLING, Sid BELL, TULLY N.Y. with a loop shank.

Current bid: $308

Next minimum bid: $333

#21 Elizabeth II Jasperware

A large jasperware ceramic by studio artist Shirley Rzanski featuring the head of Queen Elizabeth II with a verbal border. Self shank. Signed SR ‘04.

Current bid: $40

Next minimum bid: $45

#22 Deluxe Female Portrait Transfer

This pretty button features a pretty lady’s head transfer on porcelain mounted in gilt metal and framed by a fanciful border with pastes and butterfly wing shapes. Metal loop shank.

Current bid: $185

Next minimum bid: $195

#23 Red XLG Oval Glass

An extra-large red oval glass with molded floral border design enhanced with pink luster. Four-way brass box shank.

Current bid: $82

Next minimum bid: $92

#24 Enamel Thistle with Pastes

A lovely openwork thistle champleve enamel is mounted on a border of faceted pastes. The reverse shows the mounting bar with loop shank.

Current bid: $305

Next minimum bid: $330

#25 Janeway Ceramic Bird

A black glazed ceramic with fanciful bird image by noted American ceramist Carol Janeway, active in New York City in the 1940s and 1950s. The main venue for her ceramics was Georg Jensen Inc. from 1942 -1949. The reverse is signed JANEWAY with a self shank.

Current bid: $105

Next minimum bid: $115

#26 Guiness Beer Glass Realistic

A realistic silver metal with enamel design of a glass of Guinness beer and the words GUINNESS IS GOOD FOR YOU. Backmarked with wide loop shank.

Current bid: $140

Next minimum bid: $150

#27 Enamel Peacock

A realistic and openwork fanciful peacock with enamel body and center tail coloring. The paste embellished tail feathers are tinted dark in the recesses. Metal U shank.

Current bid: $80

Next minimum bid: $90

#28 Sam Biern Jewel

A Sam Biern with center mirror-backed yellow jewel is mounted on an openwork metal design with rolled screenback border. Backplate backmarked SAM BIERN N.Y. with copper loop shank.

Current bid: $50

Next minimum bid: $60

#29 Purple DUG

A grayish-purple and white design under glass is outlined in black. The triangular design reflects the three-sided faceted glass cap. Brass rim and back mount. Cut-out hump shank.

Current bid: $20

Next minimum bid: $25

#30 Weeber Celluloid Floral

A multi-part Marion Weeber celluloid design features two calla lily blooms, another bloom, and leaves on a double strand twisted border. Celluloid bubble shank on a celluloid support bar.

Current bid: $50

Next minimum bid: $60

#31 Gates Watch Crystal

A watch crystal button by the late T.J. Gates featuring a blue toned paper cut-out lithograph head of a older man from an earlier century. Signed TJG 2.67 with an inserted wire shank.

Current bid: $8

Next minimum bid: $10

#32 Inlay on Ivory Stud

An unusual inlay of mother-of-pearl in tortoise and laminated over a modified rectangular ivory with stud shank.

Current bid: $25

Next minimum bid: $30

#33 Brass Rooster

A large brass with textured background features a proud rooster with fine detail on this button by studio artist Faith Strobel. Engraved on the reverse with F.S. Loop shank.

Current bid: $35

Next minimum bid: $40

#34 Ardor of Paris Fabric in Metal

This white metal Ardor of Paris button features a red wool fabric center and red paint decorative finish on the ruffled metal border. Backmark ARDOR OF PARIS with cast shank.

Current bid: $37

Next minimum bid: $42

#35 Oval Victorian Celluloid

A scarce oval Victorian celluloid with cream celluloid center and repeating teardrop motif border. Brass loop shank.

Current bid: $70

Next minimum bid: $80

#36 Girl’s Head Paperweight

A paperweight by an unknown artist features the head of a girl with a red collar. The clear cap sparkles with a ribbon of goldstone around the edge of the gray base. Wire shank.

Current bid: $23

Next minimum bid: $28

#37 Blown Glass Vessel

A unique blown glass vessel button by studio artist Julie Clinton features a cork stopper and swirls of orange and milky coloring. Clear glass shank.

Current bid: $35

Next minimum bid: $40

#38 Heron Horn Inlay

A transparent natural horn features a detailed inlay of a heron and flowers utilizing silver, brass, and pearl and mica chips. Brass loop shank.

Current bid: $178

Next minimum bid: $188

#39 Pelican on Pearl in Wood

A brass pelican mounted on pearl is set in a wood rim and back by button artist Herman Bangeman. Signed H.B.’90, 24.

Current bid: $76

Next minimum bid: $86

#40 Pensive Child French Metal

A French white metal features a young girl in a large bonnet resting her head on her hands. This is a modern design of a 19th century design pictured in the BBB PL 197-3. Metal loop shank.

 

 

Current bid: $85

Next minimum bid: $95

#41 Enamel Turtle

A large realistic shaped sea turtle in white metal with enamel on its shell. Elongated cast key shank.

Current bid: $90

Next minimum bid: $100

#42 Blue Champleve Enamel Jewel

An attractive openwork champleve enamel in blues and green with a center faceted light blue glass jewel. U shank extends from the support wire on the reverse.

Current bid: $53

Next minimum bid: $63

#43 Square 2-Color Metal Floral

An interesting square button in silvered metal and shiny brass features a floral stem design and pierced border. Shown BBB PL 251-21. Elongated brass loop shank.

Current bid: $51

Next minimum bid: $61

#44 Balmoral Castle Ivoroid

A Victorian ivoroid featuring a detailed scene of Balmoral Castle. Shown BBB PL 260-20. Mounted in a brass rim and back with loop shank.

Current bid: $60

Next minimum bid: $70

#45 Purple Tint Etched Brass

A one-piece brass with lovely original purple tint features an engraved design of a flower with stem. Brass loop shank.

Current bid: $12

Next minimum bid: $14

#46 Birmingham Trade with Flag

A very scarce Birmingham trade with an embroidered flag on silk and a stamped metal border design under a celluloid shield. Mounted in a brass rim and back. The flag was first used in 1911 for the Wuchang Uprising, an armed rebellion against the ruling Qing dynasty in China. The flag’s design then became the flag of the army of the Republic of China, ca. 1913–28.

Current bid: $258

Next minimum bid: $283

#47 Dancing Couple Ceramic

An extra-large ceramic by studio artist Mary Garland with a gold and black transfer of a dancing couple. Signed and dated on the reverse “Mary Garland, 1993, with an applied metal plate and loop shank.

Current bid: $17

Next minimum bid: $19

#48 Battersea Season’s Greeting

Two children and their dog bring home the freshly cut Christmas tree on a snowy day in this charming SEASON’S GREETINGS silver plated pewter made by Battersea. Backmarked BATTERSEA 2003, FINE PEWTER/SILVER PLATE with the founder’s head shank.

Current bid: $35

Next minimum bid: $40

#49 Lavender Ruskin

Beautiful lavender glazed Ruskin ceramic. Backmarked RUSKIN with self shank.

Current bid: $34

Next minimum bid: $39

#50 Taxco Silver Teardrop

Mexican silver from Taxco in the shape of a teardrop with dark tint accentuating the recesses. Silver loop shank. Backmark TAXCO 980.

Current bid: $50

Next minimum bid: $60

#51 Hallmark Silver Scroll Pattern

A mid-19th century hallmark silver with a pierced scroll design. Hallmarks on the reverse show Birmingham origin and a date mark of 1855.

 

Current bid: $25

Next minimum bid: $30

#52 Acrylic Shot Poodle Head

A poodle head in green acrylic shot. A rough granulated form of tiny acrylic pellets was made available for a short time during the 1950s to cottage industry and home crafters. This form is referred to as “Acrylic Shot”. The surface is somewhat rough and resembles salt dough. Inserted metal loop shank.

Current bid: $30

Next minimum bid: $35

#53 Cowgirl Snapette

A scarce and charming “Snapette”, ca. 1930-40s, featuring a colorful cowgirl working her lariat. Multi-materials with celluloid and cord over the wood mount. The “Snapette” shank pulls apart as a snap with a chain attachment keeping the backplate attached to the main piece. The “Snapette” backplate is backmarked FRED GRAY.

Current bid: $120

Next minimum bid: $130

#54 Horse Head Over Celluloid

A large button with a brass horse head applied over olive green celluloid and mounted in a black celluloid rim and back. Inserted metal loop shank.

Current bid: $60

Next minimum bid: $70

#55 Diamond D Harp

A large molded cellulose acetate button with silver finish of a harp against a background of strings and a treble clef with notes – a wonderful music button. Laurel leaf border. Warning:  this button must breathe (i.e. it can not be kept in a closed container as it emits an odor). Molded key turret shank. Backmarked D in a diamond with “Pat.D-139069”.

Current bid: $31

Next minimum bid: $36

#56 Weeber Carrot Bunch

A cute bunch of four orange celluloid carrots with green thread tops by the renowned designer Marion Weeber. Inserted metal loop shank.

Current bid: $32

Next minimum bid: $37

#57 Bimini 2-Color Abstract

A 2-color Bimini glass in gray and red with gold luster accent in the molded recesses. Brass backplate with loop shank. Backmark MADE IN ENGLAND with the potted tree symbol.

Current bid: $45

Next minimum bid: $50

#58 Scottish Dancer on Lucite

A extra-large button with a white metal escutcheon of a dancing Scottish lass over a felt back ground and mounted on thick, clear Lucite. Inserted metal loop shank.

Current bid: $168

Next minimum bid: $178

#59 3-Color Bakelite Triangle

A fun triangular bakelite in colors of brown, orange, and butterscotch. Inserted metal loop shank.

Current bid: $40

Next minimum bid: $45

#60 Horn Horse Head

A horse head in great detail is against a finely rayed background on this molded black horn. Brass loop shank.

Current bid: $30

Next minimum bid: $35

#61 Gas & Electric Uniform

A brass uniform button for the Baltimore Gas & Electric Co. of Maryland. The reverse shows backmark ISAAC HAMBURGER & SONS, BALTO.MD. with loop shank.

Current bid: $25

Next minimum bid: $30

#62 Aurora Black Glass in Brass

Lacy molded black glass with iridescent dark purple aurora finish is mounted in a brass rim and back. Hump shank.

Current bid: $50

Next minimum bid: $60

#63 Brass Lady’s Head Fancy Border

A pretty lady’s head in brass is mounted on an openwork brass back with an inner border of florets and an outer scrollwork border. Brass plate and loop shank has been applied with epoxy.

Current bid: $30

Next minimum bid: $35

#64 4-Color Triangular Bakelite

Three colors of bakelite in applejuice, tortoise, and brown join in a triangular shape and are mounted on a larger triangular back in mottled dark amber bakelite. Two-hole sew thru.

Current bid: $35

Next minimum bid: $40

#65 Walnut Shell with Fossil Inlay

A studio button by an unknown artist utilizing a walnut shell to contain an inlay of rock pieces. Clear lacquer coating. Applied brass plate and loop shank.

Current bid: $6

Next minimum bid: $8

#66 Ivory Leopard

A stalking leopard carved in ivory with sepia tinted eye. Carved self shank.

Current bid: $70

Next minimum bid: $80

#67 Copper and Brass Elephant

This handworked metal of copper over brass features a cut-out of an elephant in the copper with chased starbursts around the elephant. Brass U shank on the reverse.

Current bid: $57

Next minimum bid: $67

#68 Native American Silver Oval

A large oval Native American silver with rayed design and scalloped edge. Elongated copper shank.

Current bid: $75

Next minimum bid: $85

#69 Sandcast Sun with Turquoise

A large Navaho Indian sandcast silver in a sun ray design with a bezel set oval turquoise cabochon. A similar button is shown BBB PL 77-16. Loop shank.

Current bid: $72

Next minimum bid: $82

#70 Copper Apostrophe

An interesting handworked layered copper with an apostrophe pattern. Copper bar U shank.

Current bid: $45

Next minimum bid: $50

#71 Bakelite Binoculars

A charming root beer colored bakelite realistic of a pair of binoculars. Two-hole sew-thru.

Current bid: $50

Next minimum bid: $60

#72 Zuni Earthenware

A red earthenware button from Zia Pueblo, New Mexico, features an abstract design on a cream background. This Turn-again design would make a great addition to a pattern tray. Two-hole sew-thru.

Current bid: $120

Next minimum bid: $130

#73 Horse in Bidri

A handpainted horse on creamy plastic is mounted in heavy rectangular bidri metalwork. Heavy metal loop shank. Silver painted lettering “Plastic” refers to the front material.

Current bid: $86

Next minimum bid: $96

#74 Native American Girl Ceramic

A ceramic by studio artist Stella Rzanski features a young Native American girl with her cat. Self shank. Signed SR ‘97.

Current bid: $40

Next minimum bid: $45

#75 Antler Carving

A large and unusual antler carving from the Black Forest area of Germany. The overall shape suggests a stag head with antlers. Two-hole sew thru.

Current bid: $10

Next minimum bid: $12

#76 Girl in a Hammock

A girl rests in a hammock under a tree embellished with cut steel jewels on this one-piece brass. Etched detailing on the ground. The girl appears to be floating in the hammock with dreamy bubbles above her. Brass loop shank.

Current bid: $51

Next minimum bid: $61

#77 Brass Ribbons with Enamel Border

The pierced brass center of overlapping ribbon loops design is embellished with cut steel jewels and framed by an emaux peints enamel border with rosebuds. U shank.

Current bid: $45

Next minimum bid: $50

#78 Merveilleuse Bonnet

A large flat engraved brass mounted with a brass bonnet. Collectors include this button in the Fop classification as it resembles those sometimes worn by the Merveilleuses. Shown BBB PL 163-2. Brass loop shank.

Current bid: $36

Next minimum bid: $41

#79 Falcon Huntress

A large and deluxe version of the Falcon Huntress in pierced brass with cut steels around the border. Shown BBB PL 125-11. Brass loop shank.

Current bid: $66

Next minimum bid: $76

#80 Three Paris Backs

Three late 19th century French made buttons including two of French tight construction. One features a lily-of-the-valley stalk with two butterflies; one pictures a bouquet of grain stalks; and one is a gilded and pierced poppy and scroll design over a dark fabric back. All are backmarked T.W.& W. PARIS with loop shanks.

Current bid: $26

Next minimum bid: $31

#81 Seated Man with Container

This odd brass pictorial depicts a seated man in a cloth drape around his hips. He holds a cone shaped container. Textured lines emerge from the container which is perhaps meant to be water? Backmark SUPERIOR QUALITY with loop shank.

 

Current bid: $17

Next minimum bid: $19

#82 Satyr on a Lion

This quality openwork brass features a mythological subject sometimes confused with Cupid. Note, however, that the Satyr has hooves for feet. A similar button is shown BBB PL 174-1. Brass loop shank.

Current bid: $40

Next minimum bid: $45

#83 Deluxe Painted Barn Scene

A lovely painting under glass featuring a country barn scene with trees, fence, and grasses under a cloud covered sky. A turquoise foil backing  gives the painting extra depth and interest. Beautifully mounted in a brass rim and back. The button was made by Hope Boltz and Faith Strobel, sisters in Pennsylvania. The highly polished back shows engraved double rings and signature D.F.H. Loop shank.

Current bid: $77

Next minimum bid: $87

#84 Strobel Horse Head on Brass

This brass horse head in high relief against the flat brass mount is by studio artist Faith Strobel. A cut steel jewel for the eye adds embellishment. Reverse shows backmark signature F.S. with a loop shank.

Current bid: $45

Next minimum bid: $50

#85 Reverse Painted Horse Head

An under glass reverse painted horse head with halter and reins is mounted in yellow bakelite. Inserted metal loop shank.

Current bid: $35

Next minimum bid: $40

#86 Merveilleuse in Steel Cup

A Merveilleuse, or female Fop, holds her open fan in one hand and her dress with the other on this cut steel jewel embellished brass scene. Mounted in a steel cup. Steel wire U shank.

Current bid: $40

Next minimum bid: $45

#87 Enamel with Purple Glass

An attractive Gothic style pierced enamel surrounds the center purple satin glass domed cabochon. Brass beaded border. Heavy U shank.

Current bid: $31

Next minimum bid: $36

#88 Mythological Harpy

A harpy, a mythological bird with human head, stands atop a potted container with a rose bush. This scarce copper tinted pewter escutcheon is mounted over a dark tinted back with roped brass border. Brass reverse with hump shank.

Current bid: $323

Next minimum bid: $348

#89 Carved Pearl Woman’s Head

A beautifully carved profile of a woman’s head with classic hair styling and headband. Finely etched background and delicate pierced border. Swaged-in brass plate and loop shank.

Current bid: $87

Next minimum bid: $97

#90 Realistic Agate Fly

A rare and unusual carved and polished agate shaped as a fly. Beautiful striping in the agate. Brass pin shank.

Current bid: $95

Next minimum bid: $105

#91 Working Compass

Military issued working compass button mounted in brass. Metal loop shank.

Current bid: $58

Next minimum bid: $68

#92 WWI Liberty Locket

The scarce World War I locket button made by the Liberty Mfg. Co. of Los Angeles, CA. Shown BBB PL 277-10. This hinged button opens to reveal two celluloid protected spaces to hold pictures of the faraway loved ones. Backmarked LIBERTY MFG. CO. LOS ANGELES. CAL. PATS. PEND. with brass loop shank.

Current bid: $225

Next minimum bid: $250

#93 Goodyear Dancing Frogs

A medium and scarce brown hard rubber button featuring a pair of dancing frogs, a political button referring to the Greenback Movement of the 1870s and 1880s. Shown BBB PL 296-24. Backmarked N.R.CO. GOODYEAR’S P=T. Two hole sew thru.

Current bid: $235

Next minimum bid: $260

#94 Moss Agate in Crystal

Domed moss agate mounted on a faceted crystal base. Brass loop and plate shank.

Current bid: $111

Next minimum bid: $121

#95 Windmill Aristocrat

A small Div. I black glass “Aristocrat” depicts a windmill. An aristocrat is defined as black glass with an incised design on the flat polished surface filled with either gold or silver luster and the main design is brushed with either gold or silver to contrast with the outline. Brass loop and plate shank.

Current bid: $195

Next minimum bid: $205

#96 Oval Carved Pearl Scene

An intricate cameo carved oval abalone scene depicts two women between two structures in an outdoor setting. Two-hole sew-thru.

Current bid: $68

Next minimum bid: $78

#97 Deluxe Enamel with Pastes

Sweet rosebuds and forget-me-knots were handpainted on this center enamel in an openwork mount embellished with maroon and turquoise pierreries and framed by a sparkling border of faceted pastes. Gilt reverse with loop shank.

Current bid: $148

Next minimum bid: $158

#98 18th C. Wedgwood in Pearl

A large and deluxe 18th century Wedgwood with gilt copper border is mounted on finely engraved pearl embellished with spindle-shaped steels. The Wedgwood depicts a winged Cupid holding an arrow. Copper shank.

Current bid: $1005

Next minimum bid: $1105

#99 18th C. Ivory Deer Over Foil

This rare 18th Century under glass features a resting deer with leaf border in intricately carved ivory against a red foil back. Straight-sided brass rim. Iron reverse with loop shank.

Current bid: $450

Next minimum bid: $475

#100 Goodyear Rubber Infantry

Scarce Goodyear button used by two regiments of “Green coats”, 1861-65. Metal loop shank. Backmark N.R.CO, GOODYEAR’S P=T.

Current bid: $85

Next minimum bid: $95

#101 18th C. Passementerie

This unusual 18th century passementerie over bone features a faceted glass paste center over pearl, metallic wound thread and metal sequins, and a pierced silver metal face revealing a foil underliner. Decorative brass rim. Linen thread pad sewn into reverse holes.

Current bid: $160

Next minimum bid: $170

#102 Elfrink Bone Horse over Lapus

A beautifully carved depiction of a “Pony Express” horse and rider in bone is mounted over a lapis lazuli gemstone back and mounted in dyed and polished horn. By studio artist Brad Elfrink. Somewhere along the way some crazing occurred in the lapis and the horn rim split in three places, but the button remains intact. A one-of-a kind commission. Carved horn shank. Signed and dated “Brad Elfrink, 10-2-04.”

Current bid: $95

Next minimum bid: $105

#103 18th C. Pearl with Paste and Steels

A deluxe 18th century pearl features a bezel mounted faceted paste over the center carved rayed pearl mounted over a rayed petal shaped steel. The steel is recessed into the pearl with carved outer border design embellished with steel. Copper plate with loop attached to the paste pin shank. The reverse reveals the over 200 years wear and tear age. So many stories it could tell!

Current bid: $95

Next minimum bid: $105

#104 Square Victorian Lacy

A very scarce square shaped Victorian Div. I lacy glass with beautiful cranberry color and lovely tulip petal corners. Only about 5% loss of silver foil paint on the reverse. Brass hump shank.

Current bid: $770

Next minimum bid: $820

#105 18th C. Figural Waistcoat

A scarce 18th century hand painted enamel waistcoat mounted in metal features a gentleman in riding attire who apparently is hurrying after his missing mount. Lovely soft sepia and green tones. Loop shank.

Current bid: $185

Next minimum bid: $195

#106 18th C. Rose Quartz Jewel in Silver

This 18th century gentleman’s waistcoat features a beautiful faceted rose quartz mounted in a handworked silver rim and back with finely chased border design. Silver loop shank.

Current bid: $325

Next minimum bid: $350

#107 Baltimore Oriole Ceramic

A bright Baltimore Oriole perches atop a branch with a dandelion and foliage in the background on this extra-large ceramic by studio artist by Stella Rzanski. Self shank. Signed SR 84.

Current bid: $36

Next minimum bid: $41

#108 Watching the Ducks

A large and scarce brass pictorial with a charming scene of a young girl sheltering under an umbrella while she watches the ducks. Shown BBB PL 190-21. Darkened steel reverse with brass loop shank.

Current bid: $60

Next minimum bid: $70

#109 Strobel Grapes Handkerchief Corners

A large and handsome brass handkerchief corners featuring a grapes bunch with foliage by studio artist Faith Strobel. Brass loop shank. Signed F.S.

Current bid: $55

Next minimum bid: $65

#110 Realistic Celluloid Ear of Corn

A clever solid molded celluloid in the realistic shape of an ear of corn with dyed coloring. Inserted metal loop shank.

Current bid: $30

Next minimum bid: $35

#111 Enamel Fisherfolk

Two fisherfolk pull their net into their small boat on this heart-shaped Russian counter-enamel mounted in silver filigree. Silver loop shank.

Current bid: $110

Next minimum bid: $120

#112 Micromosaic Rose

This large oval micromosaic button features a full-blown pink cabbage rose. Brass mount. Brass loop shank.

Current bid: $807

Next minimum bid: $857

#113 Gay 90s Grapes

A lavender-jeweled cluster of grapes surrounded by tendrils and leaves is the centerpiece of this rare pictorial Gay 90s button. Elongated loop shank.

Current bid: $198

Next minimum bid: $208

#114 Queen Conch Owl Cameo

An owl cameo of carved queen conch shell is surrounded by cut steels and mounted in metal. Japanned reverse with metal loop shank.

Current bid: $610

Next minimum bid: $660

#115 Silver Overlay on Porcelain

A medium Rococo Revival porcelain button features a hand-painted wild rose and is embellished with an applied border of silvered copper (so-called “silver resist”). Self shank.

Current bid: $85

Next minimum bid: $95

#116 Austro-Hungarian Jewel

This imposing baroque jewel features three hand-cut garnets and two pearls. The long loop shank bears two touchmarks.

Current bid: $281

Next minimum bid: $306

#117 Chicks on Wood

A trio of copper chicks can-cans across this large, domed wood button. Loop shank.

Current bid: $115

Next minimum bid: $125

#118 Enamel Bird

A brilliantly plumed bird perches on a flowering branch on this extra-large French champleve enamel button. Loop shank.

Current bid: $110

Next minimum bid: $120

#119 Plique A Jour Peacock

A modern square plique a jour enamel features a peacock in full display. Wire U shank.

Current bid: $75

Next minimum bid: $85

#120 Peacock on Bidri

A handpainted peacock is framed by its bidri metalwork mount on this large rectangular button. Metal U shank.

Current bid: $70

Next minimum bid: $80

#121 BG with Steels Trio

Three Div. I black glass with cut steel jewel embellishment. All the steels react to a magnet. Brass back plates with loop shanks.

Current bid: $25

Next minimum bid: $30

#122 Scarce Small Glass Trio

Three small hard to find Div. I glass buttons include a metal bound green glass, a green glass walnut shape with gold luster, and a front-painted clear glass. The green glass has plate and loop shanks, and the clear glass has a four-way brass shank.

Current bid: $128

Next minimum bid: $138

#123 Enamel Landscape with Buildings

A building with tower and wall is surrounded by a pastel colored landscape on this emaux peints enamel with cut steel jeweled border. Loop shank.

Current bid: $95

Next minimum bid: $105

#124 Blue Charmstring Trio

Three small Div. I blue glass includes a frosted molded berry top, a salt overlay, and a dome shape with encased foil butterfly. Brass loop shanks.

Current bid: $135

Next minimum bid: $145

#125 Medium Swirlback

A medium Div. I black glass with flat polished top, white band overlay on the rim, and swirlback reverse. Brass loop shank.

Current bid: $21

Next minimum bid: $26

#126 Silver Harpist

This hallmark silver features a pretty lady playing a harp. The hallmarks are on the front. Silver loop shank.

Current bid: $50

Next minimum bid: $60

#127 Enamel with Steels

An Art Nouveau swirl in champleve enamel is encircled by cut steel jewels and an outer enameled laurel garland motif. Gilt reverse with U shank.

Current bid: $83

Next minimum bid: $93

#128 18th C. Two-color Copper

A beautiful 18th century two-color copper with concentric engraved rings. Heavy copper loop shank.

Current bid: $300

Next minimum bid: $325

#129 Deluxe Emblems with Paste Border

The ceramic center on this scarce button features a quiver and pipe emblem against the dark tinted ground. The brass mount is embellished with faceted paste jewels. Brass reverse with brass loop shank.

Current bid: $85

Next minimum bid: $95

#130 Figural Foil Enamel

A beautiful handpainted enamel of a pretty lady features silver and lavender foil enclosures for her dress and hat. The enamel is mounted on an openwork gilt metal with twisted rope border design. Elongated loop shank.

Current bid: $50

Next minimum bid: $60

#131 18th C. Fabric

Silk thread embroidered floral design on velvet shows its age, yet retains value for its history. Fabric stitched reverse.

Current bid: $40

Next minimum bid: $45

#132 18th C. Copper

This striking 18th century copper features a textured overlapping ribbon border design and a finely lined center. Provenance with the button notes Birmingham origin, ca. 1770-1780. Heavy loop shank.

Current bid: $200

Next minimum bid: $225

#133 18th C. Jeweled Pearl with Velvet

A scarce and deluxe 18th century pearl faced with a border of mirrored glass rectangles and a center blue and clear paste openwork jewel bezel mounted in silver over a velvet back. Domed copper plate and pin shank.

Current bid: $475

Next minimum bid: $500

#134 Tortoise Inlay Over Horn

A delicate bouquet of brass and silver floral stems inlaid in tortoise and laminated over a dome shaped natural horn. Inserted brass loop shank.

Current bid: $159

Next minimum bid: $169

#135 Figural Micromosaic

A scarce figural micromosaic features a seated woman with apron and cloth hair covering. The black glass inlay is mounted in a brass rim and back. Loop shank.

Current bid: $80

Next minimum bid: $90

#136 Carved Ivory Rabbit Pair

A pair of realistic shaped rabbits carved from ivory. Two-hole sew-thrus.

Current bid: $81

Next minimum bid: $91

#137 Ivoroid Cherries on Gutta Percha

Molded and sepia tinted ivoroid cherries on a leafy branch is mounted on brown gutta percha. Brass loop shank.

Current bid: $95

Next minimum bid: $105

#138 Carved Ivory in Brass

A domed ivory is carved with a scroll design and mounted in a brass rim and back. Brass loop shank.

Current bid: $120

Next minimum bid: $130

#139 Glass Radiant Trio

Three small Div. I glass includes a two-color vaseline and amber radiant, a petal shape glory radiant, and a paperweight reflector radiant. Wire loop shanks.

Current bid: $60

Next minimum bid: $70

#140 Pyrographic Ivory

The unusual technique of pyrography was utilized for the floral stem design on this ivory. Paint was applied for the color. Peg shank.

Current bid: $25

Next minimum bid: $30

#141 Washington Jacksonian

George Washington is depicted on this Jacksonian button of the 1825-1850’s era. The portrait disk, its applied rim, and the omega shank retain the original gilding. The button has a backmark of six raised diamonds.

Current bid: $175

Next minimum bid: $185

#142 Basse Taille Roses

Three delicate roses surrounded by a wreath of gold paillons are backed by cobalt basse taille enamel, and mounted in vermeil with Continental hallmarks. Loop shank.

Current bid: $90

Next minimum bid: $100

#143 18th C. Rebus Painting

Pronouncing the elements of this charming French rebus yields “J’ ai son coeur,” or “I have his heart.” Delicately painted and in excellent original condition, the button has a copper rim and loop shank, and a tinned sheet-iron back.

Current bid: $1200

Next minimum bid: $1300

#144 18th C. Pantheon Under Glass

One of the great landmarks of 18th century Paris is depicted in textured white gesso on a violet background. Built as the church of Sainte Genevieve, the building was reconstructed as a Neoclassical monument to important French citizens, using Rome’s Pantheon as its model. Iron reverse with loop shank.

Current bid: $460

Next minimum bid: $485

#145 Realistic Pistols & Helmet

This late 19th century or early 20th century realistic button depicts a military helmet and a pair of pistols. Great detail and beautiful silvered finish. Elongated loop shank.

Current bid: $275

Next minimum bid: $300

#146 Lilies on Abalone

A tinted escutcheon of lilies of the valley is mounted on a vibrant abalone disk. Backmarked “MMF ‘98” for Mud, Metal & Fire.

Current bid: $230

Next minimum bid: $255

#147 18th C. Shell

A brightly iridescent shell with a hobnail border and foil-backed pierced spindles is centered by a jeweled pin-shank.

Current bid: $310

Next minimum bid: $335

#148 18th C. Copper Urn

Hand-tooled garlands and a bow frame a classical urn on this 18th century copper button. Loop shank.

Current bid: $375

Next minimum bid: $400

#149 Micromosaic Temple of Vesta

The temple of Vesta, Roman goddess of hearth, home and family, is depicted on this wonderful big oval micromosaic. Set in unmarked silver. Silver loop shank.

Current bid: $550

Next minimum bid: $600

#150 Fan Handkerchief Corners

A Victorian handkerchief button features a partially opened fan and engraved detailing. Brass loop shank.

Current bid: $170

Next minimum bid: $180

#151 Arita Chrysanthemum

A magenta and white chrysanthemum bloom stands out against the black body of this Arita porcelain from Japan. Self shank.

Current bid: $24

Next minimum bid: $29

#152 Red Glass with Oriental Brass

A brass scene of an oriental woman holding a fan with flowering cherry branch and Chinese characters forming a border is mounted on a red glass disc. Brass loop shank. Several nicks along the reverse edge do not show from the front.

Current bid: $25

Next minimum bid: $30

#153 Dragon Pearl

A dragon with forked tongue and detailed scaling is relief carved on pearl. Two-hole sew thru.

Current bid: $60

Next minimum bid: $70

#154 Men Transporting Rickshaw

Two men transport a covered rickshaw on this one piece silvered brass. Loop shank.

Current bid: $50

Next minimum bid: $60

#155 Realistic Jade Fish

A realistic shaped fish is carved in light green jade. Self thread shank.

Current bid: $95

Next minimum bid: $105

#156 Realistic Arita Grapes

A realistic bunch of grapes with soft teal glaze in Arita porcelain. Backmarked with self shank.

Current bid: $80

Next minimum bid: $90

#157 Satsuma with Performers

This large deluxe old Satsuma porcelain depicts three Geishas in a musical performance. Two play musical instruments while the third dances with a fan. Curved thread shank with gold backmark.

Current bid: $335

Next minimum bid: $360

#158 Woman in Rickshaw Satsuma

An extra-large Satsuma porcelain from Japan features an unusual subject of a woman in an elegant rickshaw transport. Self shank with tunnel groove and sharp edged mound.

Current bid: $226

Next minimum bid: $251

#159 Gin Bari Enamel Chrysanthemum

An exquisite gin bari enamel from Japan featuring a purple chrysanthemum bloom and two small red blooms in the background. The foil enamel background has tiny patterns of the open chrysanthemum bloom, like tiny starbursts. Silver mount with silver loop shank.

Current bid: $700

Next minimum bid: $750

#160 Dragon Satsuma

A red and gold dragon winds its way around the surface of this 19th century Satsuma porcelain. Self shank with rounded edge. Backmark signature.

Current bid: $65

Next minimum bid: $75

#161 Bird Satsuma

A bird flits among the bamboo stalks on this sweet Satsuma from the 19th century. Self shank with rounded edge.

Current bid: $106

Next minimum bid: $116

#162 Oriental Enamel

This enamel of oriental origin has a colorful poppy bloom against a turquoise colored background. Counter-enameled reverse with loop shank.

Current bid: $18

Next minimum bid: $20

#163 Early Oriental Figural Silver

This repousse silver button of Asian origin features a scene with a seated robed figure holding a large basket. Silver loop shank.

Current bid: $100

Next minimum bid: $110

#164 Geisha Ceramic

An extra-large ceramic in the style of Satsuma features a Geisha holding a fan in a garden setting. By studio artist Stella Rzanski. Self shank. Signed SR ‘03.

Current bid: $20

Next minimum bid: $25

#165 Netsuke Man and Child

A man with a rather rotund belly carries a large bundle on his head while a young boy stays close by on this sepia tinted molded polymer netsuke with great detail. Mold lines are visible on the man’s outer leg and his arms. Tunnel shank on the reverse.

Current bid: $105

Next minimum bid: $115

#166 Black Glass with Heads Pair

Two small Div. I black glass with classic brass head escutcheons. One male head, and the other a female head on the oval glass. Brass plate and loop shanks.

Current bid: $40

Next minimum bid: $45

#167 Pearl Moon Face in Brass

A medium and scarce button of a full moon face engraved on a purple dyed smoky pearl disc which is cemented into a stamped brass crescent shape frame. Shown BBB PL 164-15. It has a silvered brass reverse with a brass loop shank.

Current bid: $101

Next minimum bid: $111

#168 Carved Jet Pictorial

A very rare carved real jet decorated with an anchor and rope and faceted edge. Real jet is very lightweight compared to black glass. Original lacquered back plate and shank.

Current bid: $250

Next minimum bid: $275

#169 Marcel Opera

A quality open-work one-piece brass depicts the figure Marcel, from Les Huguenots, an opera by Meyerbeer, popular in the 1890s. Shown BBB PL 200-4. Loop shank.

Current bid: $25

Next minimum bid: $30

#170 Arts & Crafts Enamel Ship

A sailing ship with mighty duck prow travels over the waves on this silver Arts & Crafts era button. The silver is enhanced with orange and teal enamel. Hallmarks on the reverse show ZB&S maker and Birmingham city marks with date letter for 1900.

Current bid: $400

Next minimum bid: $425

#171 Micro Mosaic Bird

A micro mosaic bird stands on a perch on this Div. I black glass waistcoat. Mounted in scalloped brass rim with brass back. Tiny nicks in the black glass do not diminish the value. Brass loop shank.

Current bid: $66

Next minimum bid: $76

#172 Shepherdess & Bagpiper

A young man plays the bagpipes for his shepherdess sweetheart on this fine painting under glass mounted in unmarked silver. Silver loop shank.

Current bid: $450

Next minimum bid: $475

#173 18th C. Fountain

A woman fills a vessel at a public fountain as a red-jacketed man looks on. Reverse-painted under glass and mounted in gilded copper. Heavy loop shank.

Current bid: $505

Next minimum bid: $555

#174 18th C. Moor

A rare formal portrait of a North African gentleman is contained within an oval reserve on this fine painting under glass. The inner gilt border and the copper rim form a clever frame for the portrait. Copper loop shank and tinned sheet-iron back.

Current bid: $450

Next minimum bid: $475

#175 1930’s Celluloid Hounds

This openwork 1930’s one-piece celluloid button features a pair of hunting dogs. Celluloid bubble shank.

Current bid: $20

Next minimum bid: $25

#176 V.I. Turtles

A little turtle rides piggy-back on a larger turtle. Carved, engraved, and tinted V.I. with inserted bone shank.

Current bid: $104

Next minimum bid: $114

#177 Elizabeth II Coronation

This very large copper-plated button was issued at the time of Queen Elizabeth’s coronation. Cast key shank.

Current bid: $16

Next minimum bid: $18

#178 Statue of Liberty

This scarce Victorian picture button was probably made at the time of Lady Liberty’s 1886 dedication. Lacquered steel back (normal wear to lacquer). Loop shank.

Current bid: $72

Next minimum bid: $82

#179 French Revolution Commemorative

A hand-tinted engraving depicting Revolutionary slogans and symbols is mounted under glass in a copper setting. Loop shank.

Current bid: $225

Next minimum bid: $250

#180 Petoskey Stone Dachshund

A jaunty dachshund is depicted by this large, sew-thru Petoskey stone button. Two-hole sew-thru.

Current bid: $86

Next minimum bid: $96

#181 Mexican Silver Sleeping Man

A man sleeps under the shade of his sombrero on this iconic Mexican silver. Silver loop shank.

Current bid: $46

Next minimum bid: $51

#182 Checkered Inlay

A checkerboard pattern is formed from ebony wood and bone inlay and mounted in brass. Double wire ring loop shank.

Current bid: $115

Next minimum bid: $125

#183 Mexican Silver Openwork

A center dome is surrounded by a rope border and mounted over an openwork overlapping ring design on this Mexican silver. Silver loop shank with backmarks MEXICO SILVER.

Current bid: $30

Next minimum bid: $35

#184 Peasant Silver Filigree

A pierced silver filigree ball shape of unknown origin. It is difficult to date this type of button. Silver loop shank.

Current bid: $40

Next minimum bid: $45

#185 Reverse Painted Classic Head

A small and deluxe enamel on silver featuring the head of a classic warrior in lovely dimensional detail. Hallmarks and STERLING on the reverse with silver shank.

Current bid: $43

Next minimum bid: $48

#186 Realistic Celluloid African Head

A stereotypical African head in realistic shape in blue molded celluloid from the 1930s. Celluloid bubble shank.

Current bid: $45

Next minimum bid: $50

#187 Red Glass Vintage Jewel

A square shaped vintage jewel with faceted red glass shapes on the silver finished metal. Elongated peg shank.

Current bid: $75

Next minimum bid: $85

#188 Elephant Border Metal

A border of tusked elephants encircles a center design with east Indian temple structures under a shining star on this white metal. Another outer border consists of a repeated temple motif. Metal loop shank.

 

Current bid: $275

Next minimum bid: $300

#189 Bakelite Target with Arrow

A laminated bakelite target formed from red, yellow, and black is decorated with a brass arrow with moveable chain. Inserted brass loop shank.

Current bid: $226

Next minimum bid: $251

#190 Pearlized Heart in Silver

A lovely pearlized oval with center heart is mounted in a silver rim and openwork back. Silver loop shank on plate. Backmark LM and 925 silver content.

Current bid: $49

Next minimum bid: $54

#191 Realistic Wooden Ski

A sporty realistic ski carved in red stained wood and decorated with silver paint. Backmark W.GERMANY with metal loop shank.

Current bid: $51

Next minimum bid: $61

#192 Satin Fabric Finish White Glass

A large Victorian translucent white glass in a faux fabric design retains the original satin finish with lavender detail. Two-way brass shank.

Current bid: $54

Next minimum bid: $64

#193 Verbal Picasso

A large square button depicting a Picasso art work with hands holding a bouquet and PICASSO in gold wire lettering. By studio artist Nancy Craig. Signed and dated 2017 on the reverse with brass loop shank.

Current bid: $252

Next minimum bid: $277

#194 Dragonfly

A brass dragonfly with silver tinted wings in a cutout scene is mounted in a fancy tinted brass border. The wings do not react to a magnet. Japanned reverse with metal loop shank.

Current bid: $30

Next minimum bid: $35

#195 Peacock Trim Celluloid Tight-Top

A fabulous celluloid tight-top trim decorated with a stenciled peacock and glowing iridescent pearl foil background. Three metal shanks for the trim attachment on the black lacquered reverse.

Current bid: $105

Next minimum bid: $115

#196 Carved Ivory Scene

An old carved ivory features two figures seated at the base of a large flowering tree. Carved peg shank.

Current bid: $52

Next minimum bid: $62

#197 Mt. Fuji Celluloid Wafer

The Japanese volcano Mt. Fuji depicted on a one-piece celluloid wafer. Shown BBB PL 237A-10. Celluloid bubble shank.

Current bid: $10

Next minimum bid: $12

#198 Old Botanical Satsuma

A pretty and unusual old satsuma porcelain with an all-over botanical design featuring orange and green leaves and blue scrolls over the gold dotted background. Self shank with rounded edge.

Current bid: $61

Next minimum bid: $71

#199 Old Paper Mache Trio

Two medium and one small Div. I lacquered paper mache buttons with oriental figural scenes. Two are decorated with paint, and one with a pearl inlay and paint. Metal loop shanks.

Current bid: $45

Next minimum bid: $50

#200 Carved Ivory Dragon

An intricately carved dragon curls within the confines of this old ivory button. Carved self shank.

Current bid: $108

Next minimum bid: $118

#201 Butterflies Satsuma

This old satsuma porcelain features a colorful butterfly encircled by six small butterflies. Smooth edged self shank.

Current bid: $112

Next minimum bid: $122

#202 Oriental Portrait in Horn

This scarce pearlized finish 19th century horn features an oriental man with mustache and straw head covering holding a fan. Bamboo foliage frames the figure. Brass loop shank.

Current bid: $90

Next minimum bid: $100

#203 Casein Dragon

Fabulous carved openwork dragon in black casein. Great scaly detail on the dragon. Metal shank.

Current bid: $152

Next minimum bid: $162

#204 Bird with Lizard Border

A fantastic border button with a lizard curled around an opening where a bird has perched seemingly unaware of the approaching danger. Flowering cherry branches decorate the space behind the bird. Toggle attachment on the elongated brass loop.

Current bid: $205

Next minimum bid: $230

#205 Seated Oriental Man in Wood

This very old wood carving depicts a seated bearded elderly oriental man. Brass shank.

Current bid: $60

Next minimum bid: $70

#206 Kinko and the Carp

A silvered brass version of the oriental mythological story of Kinko and the Carp. Kinko was a Chinese immortal who accepted a carp’s invitation to visit him in the sea, where he stayed to make his eternal home. A similar version is shown BBB PL 246-14. Loop shank.

Current bid: $20

Next minimum bid: $25

#207 Black Glass Katisha

A large Div. I black glass features a portrait of Katisha, from The Mikado. Mint condition. Lots of lovely detail. Shown BBB PL 160-10. Recessed brass plate and U shank.

Current bid: $99

Next minimum bid: $109

#208 Brass Oriental with Dog

A scarce one-piece brass depicting a charming scene of an oriental figure teaching tricks to his dog, which stands upon its hind legs. Brass loop shank.

Current bid: $40

Next minimum bid: $45

#209 Oriental in Brass, Steel, and Pearl

This deluxe brass features an oriental woman holding an umbrella and walking on her pattens. A carved and pierced pearl overlay depicting a bench and tree is attached with cut steel jewels, as is the figure. Cut steel jewels form the border. Brass loop shank.

Current bid: $72

Next minimum bid: $82

#210 Oriental Woman Engraved Bone

A scarce and lovely 19th century engraved bone features a sepia tinted oriental woman holding a fan while butterflies flit around her. Red tint accent. Brass plate and loop shank.

Current bid: $167

Next minimum bid: $177

#211 Pearl Sextet

Six lovely Div. I pearls with various OME including paste, enamel, steel, glass, pewter, and ivoroid. Brass shanks and sew thru.

Current bid: $233

Next minimum bid: $258

#212 Enamel with Steels

An attractive enamel in turquoise with a center triad design encircled by cut steels and an outer border of laurel leaf garland decoration. Heavy U shank.

Current bid: $35

Next minimum bid: $40

#213 Fop and Man in the Moon

A Fop observes the man in the moon with his binoculars on this scarce brass pictorial. Japanned reverse with loop shank.

Current bid: $111

Next minimum bid: $121

#214 Peach Pit Carved Face

A man’s face in profile with shoulder length hair is carved into the surface of this polished peach pit. Carved self shank.

Current bid: $70

Next minimum bid: $80

#215 Boar’s Head

A high relief boar’s head with finely chased detail is against the lacquered back decorated with grain stalks on this two-piece brass button. Loop shank.

Current bid: $37

Next minimum bid: $42

#216 Thanksgiving Goody Card

An antique holiday greetings card is the backdrop for this old collection of the seasonal themed buttons. Pictorials include metal sheaf of wheat/sickle, apple, pear, ear of corn, grape bunch, rose bloom, cornucopia, black glass knife/fork/spoon, painted enamel butterfly black glass, and two scarce realistic black glass log buttons.

Current bid: $111

Next minimum bid: $121

#217 Alaskan Ivory Duo

Two carved ivory from Alaska including a modern polar bear head and an old dotted spindle shape. Carved self shanks.

Current bid: $65

Next minimum bid: $75

#218 Lavender Girl Enamel

A large version of the sweet figural enamel featuring the subject titled “Who’ll Buy My Lavender?” Foil flecks decorate her dress and a border of cut steel jewels frames the scene. Shown BBB PL 14-10. Gilt reverse with loop shank.

Current bid: $65

Next minimum bid: $75

#219 Atlee Sewing Machine

This is one of artist Sara Atlee’s wonderful hand-painted polymer creations, #4 of 10 and made in 1995. Applied brass plate with cut-out shank.

Current bid: $178

Next minimum bid: $188

#220 Rabbit Trio

Three 19th century brass pictorials featuring rabbits including a mother/daughter running rabbit pair and a rabbit head with cut steel border. Loop shanks.

Current bid: $80

Next minimum bid: $90

#221 Glass Ball Buttons

Five Div. I glass ball buttons include four transparent blue mediums and one small clear. The clear glass has a swirlback. All have brass wire shanks.

Current bid: $8

Next minimum bid: $10

#222 Spider on Amethyst Glass

A molded spider sits atop this large amethyst glass with beaded border. Glass cone with loop shank.

Current bid: $90

Next minimum bid: $100

#223 18th C. Covered Wood Pair

Two 18th century wooden mold buttons. One has a silvered metal covering and the other has a screened copper alloy covering. Both have threaded shanks.

Current bid: $30

Next minimum bid: $35

#224 Castle with Twinkle Border

A fairy-style castle against a dark night-sky background is attractively framed with a scalloped and pierced border design revealing the mirror underliner. Japanned reverse with loop shank.

Current bid: $165

Next minimum bid: $175

#225 Wee Hoose

A large brass design titled “Wee Hoose ‘Mang the Heather”.  The name is derived from the Scottish thistle plant which forms the border design. Shown BBB PL 26-17. Japanned steel reverse with brass loop shank.

Current bid: $25

Next minimum bid: $30

#226 Putti Riding a Ram

A medium one-piece brass depicts a playful scene of three Putti with a ram. Shown BBB PL 188-16. Brass loop shank.

Current bid: $38

Next minimum bid: $43

#227 Medium Calico

A scarce medium china calico with a very clear green pattern. Four hole sew-thru.

Current bid: $40

Next minimum bid: $45

#228 Sam Biern Lily Over Fabric

A brass lily over black fabric is mounted in pewter with a rope border on this Sam Biern button. Two backplates backmarked SAM BIERN, N.Y. with a brass loop shank.

Current bid: $25

Next minimum bid: $30

#229 Pearl in Brass

An iridescent dark pearl center is framed in brass with multiple border designs. Brass loop shank.

Current bid: $40

Next minimum bid: $45

#230 Burwood Plantation Scene

An extra-large openwork burwood depicts a large manor house with a horseless carriage traveling the tree-lined road in front of the house. Two-hole sew-thru.

Current bid: $50

Next minimum bid: $60

#231 Pierced Steel

An early 19th century pierced steel design with separately applied shaped steels. Elongated wire U shank.

Current bid: $45

Next minimum bid: $50

#232 The Little Colonel

A large and scarce one-piece brass button with an applied figure of “The Little Colonel”, shown BBB PL 194-12. The flat brass back has an engraved design of a wall and archway. The Little Colonel series of books for children was written starting in the late 1800s.  This version has the brass escutcheon on a tinted and engraved flat brass back. Brass U shank.

Current bid: $72

Next minimum bid: $82

#233 Deluxe Pearl Portrait

This exquisite woman’s portrait in abalone is beautifully cameo carved from one pearl disc. The carving reveals the mottled iridescent background in striking contrast to the woman’s head. Swaged-in brass plate and loop shank.

Current bid: $225

Next minimum bid: $250

#234 Red Riding Hood and the Wolf

A large pierced brass depicting Red Riding Hood and the Wolf in a wide border decorated with scroll flourishes. A similar button is shown BBB PL 199-13. Brass loop shank on a support bar.

Current bid: $131

Next minimum bid: $141

#235 The Fisherwoman

A large brass picture showing a fisherwoman with her net on the banks of the water. Sailing vessels can be seen on the water and birds flying in the sky. Shown BBB PL 208-14. Tinned steel reverse with brass loop shank. Bkmk D.L. PARIS.

Current bid: $45

Next minimum bid: $50

#236 One Dozen Rosette Shanks

A fine group of a dozen Div. I glass with rosette shanks. Various colors and designs.

Current bid: $65

Next minimum bid: $75

#237 Crying And Laughing Babies

A large tinted brass of the scarce “Crying and Laughing Babies” in a pierced design with foliage against a dark tinted background. Similar version shown BBB PL 198-6. Japanned reverse with metal loop shank.

Current bid: $45

Next minimum bid: $50

#238 Enamel Clover with Pastes

An openwork silvered metal features a cobalt blue enameled clover with brilliants decorating the petals and the border. Metal loop shank.

Current bid: $120

Next minimum bid: $130

#239 Sepia Glass with Merveilluse

A beautiful Div. I large sepia glass decorated with a molded design of a Merveilluse with fan against a design of floral stems. The figure and floral blooms are colored brown, the foliage stems are gold lustered, and the rim of the button is painted black. Brass plate and loop shank.

Current bid: $205

Next minimum bid: $230

#240 Bird on a Trellis Black Glass

A large Div. I black glass depicts a bird on a trellis on one half while an ivy vine trailing over the other half. Both shiny and matte finish for this intaglio design. Brass plate and loop shank.

Current bid: $41

Next minimum bid: $46

#241 1962 Seattle World’s Fair Set

A souvenir set made for the 1962 World’s Fair, also known as the Century 21 Exposition, which was held in Seattle, Washington. The set is interesting for the historical aspect, however, the set was cheaply made, and the quality reflects that. Applied loop shank.

Current bid: $30

Next minimum bid: $35

#242 1901 Pan-American Exposition Uniform

A button worn on the guard’s uniform for the 1901 Pan-American Exposition in Buffalo, N.Y.  Apparently there were only 50 select guards chosen for the position – and for the button’s uniform – thus the scarcity of this button. The design, which was the logo for the exposition, shows North and South America as women with joined hands. Self-shank and backmark C.C. PENFOLD, BUFFALO, N.Y., 1900.

Current bid: $146

Next minimum bid: $156

#243 Lion of St. Mark French Tight

A brass French tight button featuring the Lion of St. Mark, the symbol of the city of Venice. The winged lion holding the bible represents the evangelist St. Mark. Shown BBB PL 248-18. Brass loop shank. Backmark T.W.&W, HM, PARIS BREVETTE S.G.D.G.

Current bid: $47

Next minimum bid: $52

#244 Goodyear Rubber Star

This Goodyear rubber features a molded six-point star design on the front, and one of the scarcer backmarks on the reverse. Backmark NOVELTY RUBBER CO. NEW YORK, GOODYEAR’S PATENT 1849-51. Two-hole sew thru.

Current bid: $90

Next minimum bid: $100

#245 Abalone in Silver

An abalone shell in all its iridescent glory is mounted in an unmarked silver oval rim and back. Silver loop shank.

Current bid: $88

Next minimum bid: $98

#246 NYC Golden Anniversary Jubilee

This gilt metal with enamel background was one of a set of six commemorating the 50th anniversary of the formation of Greater New York on January 1, 1898 (the consolidation of the five boroughs). A band with the inscription “1898 THE CITY OF NEW YORK 1948 GOLDEN ANNIVERSARY” encircles the city skyline. Ref. Albert’s book NY 110 C. Loop shank. Backmark HY-LITE LICENSEE, © N.Y.C.1948.

Current bid: $65

Next minimum bid: $75

#247 Multi-colored Jewels in Brass

Seven paste jewels in colors of pink, purple, blue, turquoise, red, green, and white center a ruffled brass mount. Brass loop shank.

Current bid: $16

Next minimum bid: $18

#248 Precision Inlay Glass Jewel

A striking button with precision blue glass star shaped inlay in black glass with faceted edge is mounted in thick black bakelite (or casein). Copper loop shank.

 

Current bid: $60

Next minimum bid: $70

#249 Puzzle Button with Greeting Card

A greeting card, published by Blumenthal in 2001, features a wooden puzzle button with a sun, moon, and stars design. A sweet greeting is printed inside the card.

Current bid: $62

Next minimum bid: $72

#250 Clock Group

Eight fun clock face buttons including an enamel face in gilt metal, a black glass with aurora luster, a pressed leather with metal rim, snap-togethers and other polymers. Various shanks.

Current bid: $25

Next minimum bid: $30

#251 Cherub with Mirror

A cherub enjoys his reflection in a mirror on this brass button shown BBB PL 182-7. Great border design incorporates a swan and foliage. Loop shank.

Current bid: $201

Next minimum bid: $226

#252 Red Glass Jewel

A deep red glass jewel with brass rim is framed by a beautiful magenta-dyed pearl ring, and mounted on a thick lacquered metal base. Brass loop.

Current bid: $32

Next minimum bid: $37

#253 Square Enamel Clockface

This square clockface in green enamel on copper is by the late studio artist Herman Lowenstein. Loop shank. Signed HL.

Current bid: $40

Next minimum bid: $45

#254 Linear Two-Color Bakelite

An Art Deco era two-color bakelite in black and marbled butterscotch with an interlocking zig zag design. Inserted metal loop shank.

Current bid: $20

Next minimum bid: $25

#255 Art Deco Celluloid Inlay Set

A set of three medium black slightly convex celluloid wafers with an Art Deco inspired inlay design in wood and an unknown material painted metallic silver. Applied celluloid bubble shank.

Current bid: $15

Next minimum bid: $17

#256 Livery Trio

Three brass livery usage buttons feature crests of an upright armor-clad arm over a banner with motto, a dog, and a head of a peacock with a crown around the neck. The motto reads VI ET ARMIS (by strength and by arms). Backmarks include Firman, C.Pitt & Co., and Dowler & Sons. Brass shanks.

Current bid: $50

Next minimum bid: $60

#257 Wallpaper Background Katisha

A large button from the early 1900s with a stamped and silvered brass escutcheon of a lady with a fan against a brass wallpaper patterned background. The figure has traditionally been known as Katisha from the Mikado. The wallpaper background rolls over the rim. A similar button is shown BBB PL 236-9. Tin reverse with self hump shank.

Current bid: $37

Next minimum bid: $42

#258 Oriental Wedding with Steel Shapes

An openwork brass button showing two oriental figures with two cut steel embellishments, one in the shape of a crescent moon and the other forming a portion of a wall. This button is titled “Oriental Wedding” and is shown BBB PL 237-4. Brass loop shank.

Current bid: $50

Next minimum bid: $60

#259 Immortals Kutani Set

A set of the seven Japanese immortals in scalloped-edged Kutani porcelain are still on the original store card. These were made for the Japanese tourist trade mid-20th century. Self shanks.

 

Current bid: $70

Next minimum bid: $80

#260 Original Tint Trio

Three 19th century metal floral  and plant life designs with original tint. Loop shanks.

 

Current bid: $27

Next minimum bid: $32

#261 Original Tint Quartet

Four 19th century metals with conventional pattern designs and original tint. Three have loop shanks. One has a hump shank.

Current bid: $37

Next minimum bid: $42

#262 Boy in Tree

A boy delights in a bird’s nest high in a tree he has climbed on this brass pictorial with brown tinted background. Japanned reverse with loop shank.

Current bid: $81

Next minimum bid: $91

#263 Enamel with Steels

This large openwork enamel embellished with a multitude of cut steel jewels has interesting mottled enamel coloring in shades from black to purple to amber. Large U shank.

Current bid: $55

Next minimum bid: $65

#264 Original Tint Twinkle

The troubadour Blondel plays his lute next to a castle with twinkle background cut-out windows on this original tint brass. Brass reverse with hump shank.

Current bid: $75

Next minimum bid: $85

#265 Floral Pinwheel Brass

Five floral blooms decorate this openwork brass with radiating pinwheel motif. A nice addition to a competition card with the multiple blooms including rose, lily, tulip, sunflower, and daisy. Brass loop shank.

Current bid: $20

Next minimum bid: $25

#266 Turquoise Mosaic

A turquoise chip mosaic is set in a brass rim and back on this peasant-type button probably of east Indian origin. Brass wire loop shank.

Current bid: $30

Next minimum bid: $35

#267 Football with Cord Lacing

An extra-large white metal realistic of a football with plastic coated thread cord lacing. Elongated loop shank.

Current bid: $10

Next minimum bid: $12

#268 Autumn Jewel with Pastes

A lovely German made jewel with center brown glass framed by a leafy brass border embellished with faceted brilliants. Brass reverse with loop shank. Backmark GESETZLICH GESCHUTZT.

Current bid: $160

Next minimum bid: $170

#269 Ginko Leaves Celluloid

A large one-piece pierced celluloid wafer in an Art Nouveau triploid design of intertwining ginkgo leaves. Applied celluloid bubble shank.

Current bid: $40

Next minimum bid: $45

#270 Bees and Skep Bone

A large bone button from China with a sepia toned engraving depicting a bee skep busy with bee activity. Reverse shows peg shank and signature backmark.

Current bid: $35

Next minimum bid: $40

#271 Cigarette Cartons Set

The complete and very scarce set of 15 medium size paper labeled cigarette cartons. Ca. 1940’s. Metal loop shanks.

Current bid: $326

Next minimum bid: $351

#272 Dala Horse Smuggler

A clever wood Swedish Dala horse carved by studio artist Frank Rossi of California has a secret “smuggler’s” compartment. The magnetic enclosure allows for a hidden sew-thru attachment. The inside is signed and dated 2018 by the artist and includes his signature heart.

Current bid: $180

Next minimum bid: $190

#273 Netsuke Pair

Two fabulous carved ivory “Netsuke” figures, or Katabouri, in sepia tint include a seated elderly woman holding a cloth satchel and a seated elderly gentleman with basket. Carved tunnel shank attachment.

Current bid: $115

Next minimum bid: $125

#274 Suit of Armor

A great button for an objects tray is this brass suit of armor with twinkle border. Shown BBB PL 269-7. Metal loop shank.

Current bid: $14

Next minimum bid: $16

#275 Brass Wind God

A mythological god of wind blows a flourish of leafy scroll design on this openwork brass. Another version of this wind god is shown BBB PL 172-18. Brass loop shank.

Current bid: $135

Next minimum bid: $145

#276 Two Knights in Armor

Two knights in full armor with shields and extravagantly plumed helmets are depicted in peaceful confrontation on this scarce openwork brass with cut steel jewel embellished border. Brass loop shank.

Current bid: $51

Next minimum bid: $61

#277 Large Lacy Glass

A large Div. I clear lacy glass from the 19th century reverse painted in three colors of black, red, and amber. The molded front features a beaded pattern of three concentric rings. Minor chipping on the reverse edge does not show from the front. Brass shank.

Current bid: $75

Next minimum bid: $85

#278 Deluxe Lohengrin

A deluxe brass featuring the head of Lohengrin, from the opera of the same name. The brass portrait is over a celluloid imitation wood background and mounted in a square brass frame decorated with a fanciful lion and scrollwork border. Another version is shown BBB PL 160-5. Brass loop shank. Backmark A.P & Cie, PARIS.

Current bid: $32

Next minimum bid: $37

#279 Amber Lacy Glass

A lovely large Div. I  Victorian lacy in colored amber glass with remaining hints of silver luster decorative finish. Four-way brass shank.

Current bid: $101

Next minimum bid: $111

#280 Pressed Wood Bridge Scene

A bridge, houses, and a waterwheel are featured on this 19th century pressed wood button. Shown BBB PL 262-20. Brass loop with small brass plate.

Current bid: $65

Next minimum bid: $75

#281 Aeolian Bridge at Rome

Great detail in this large cut-out brass Roman bridge scene mounted over the dark tinted background. Shown BBB PL 265-2. Actual Roman sites visible include the Castle of Sant ’Angelo on the left and Vatican City with St. Peter’s Basilica on the right. Metal loop shank.

Current bid: $145

Next minimum bid: $155

#282 Original Tint Woodland Vows

A large original burgundy tinted button with a scene titled “Woodland Vows”, and shown BBB PL 205-11. The young man engraves a heart into the tree. Japanned reverse with metal loop shank.

 

Current bid: $31

Next minimum bid: $36

#283 Deluxe Lithograph with Steels

A lovely lady’s portrait on a polychrome paper lithograph is prong set under glass and framed by a brass border embellished with cut steel jewels. The lithograph mount and the border are two separate pieces joined on the reverse. Brass loop shank.

Current bid: $152

Next minimum bid: $162

#284 Pictorial Colonial Copper

A basket with floral blooms in chased engraving is featured on this beautiful 18th century copper. Silver plated reverse with copper shank.

Current bid: $450

Next minimum bid: $475

#285 Last Supper Paper Mache

An extra-large oval shaped paper mache features a handpainted depiction of The Last Supper. By Russian artist Victor Romanov. Self rounded hump shank. Signed and dated V.R., RUSSIA, 2004.

Current bid: $95

Next minimum bid: $105

#286 Metal Pattern Duo

A 19th century openwork brass with cut steel embellishment and engraved floral garland motif border design, and an openwork cast white metal of more modern origin. The brass has an elongated brass wire U shank. The white metal has a loop shank.

Current bid: $16

Next minimum bid: $18

#287 Engraved Early Pearl

A beautiful engraved early pearl from the late 18th century or early 19th century. Swaged-in brass loop and plate shank.

Current bid: $50

Next minimum bid: $60

#288 Head in 16th C. Costume

A large one-piece pewter button from the late 19th century of a young man in elaborate 16th C. costume.  Shown BBB PL 226 – 8. Brass loop shank.

 

Current bid: $60

Next minimum bid: $70

#289 Pearl Trio

Three lovely mint condition 19th century mother-of-pearl with carved designs. Swaged-in brass loop shanks.

Current bid: $46

Next minimum bid: $51

#290 Brass Rabbits

This medium brass depicts two rabbits by a fence against a dark tinted background. Nice detail. Metal loop shank.

Current bid: $225

Next minimum bid: $250

#291 Three Beatles

Here are three of the Beatles’ portraits in lacquered paper mache and handpainted by Russian artist Victor Romanov. Included are George, Ringo, and Paul. Signed and dated 2002 on the reverse with copper wire shanks.

Current bid: $61

Next minimum bid: $71

#292 Scaramouche

A large steel cup version of the theatrical Scaramouche, who usually appeared at a window sitting on a crescent moon playing a guitar in the late 19th century pantomimes. A similar version is shown BBB PL 160-13. Metal loop shank.

Current bid: $41

Next minimum bid: $46

#293 Cobalt Enamel with Butterfly

A large attractive champleve enamel features a pink and red bloom with stem and leaves and a blue butterfly flitting overhead. Two rows of cut steel jewels embellish the design. Metal loop shank.

Current bid: $29

Next minimum bid: $34

#294 Cupid Screenback

This large scarce brass pictorial screenback has been titled both “Teasing Mother Bird” and “Robbing the Bird’s Nest”. Shown BBB PL. 189-1. Japanned reverse with metal loop shank.

Current bid: $100

Next minimum bid: $110

#295 Woodgrained Black Glass

A medium Div. I intaglio molded black glass botanical trefoil design with a wood grain finish. Self shank with thread groove.

Current bid: $25

Next minimum bid: $30

#296 Liverpol Dove Transfer

A medium sepia transfer of a dove. This type of button is commonly referred to as a Liverpool transfer. A similar button is shown  BBB PL 139-21. Brass rim and mount with loop shank.

Current bid: $40

Next minimum bid: $45

#297 Fabric Mesh Over Brass

A twisted thread mesh embellishes the front of this slightly convex painted brass with floral motif border. Brass U shank.

Current bid: $12

Next minimum bid: $14

#298 Floral Bouquet Horn

A ribbon tied floral bouquet is framed with a decorated border on this molded natural horn from the 19th century. Molded self-shank. A pic mark is visible on the reverse.

Current bid: $45

Next minimum bid: $50

#299 Enamel with Butterfly and Rose

A pink and blue butterfly flits above pink roses and blue forget-me-nots on this lovely enamel with openwork border embellished with cut steel jewels. Gilt reverse with wire U shank.

Current bid: $41

Next minimum bid: $46

#300 Paris Back Parrot

A parrot’s feathery top-knot seems to reflect the spreading palm leaf behind him on this charming French brass. Shown BBB PL 132-21. Backmark D L PARIS with brass loop shank.

Current bid: $72

Next minimum bid: $82