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A collaboration between artists Sara Atlee and Nancy DuBois resulted in this charming moon-face over the city painting mounted in the engraved shell with mirror-paste embellished border. See the companion piece in Lot #29. Only 10 of these sets were created. Signed, numbered, and dated on the reverse “Atlee 8/10 NB 1995.” Applied metal plate cut-out shank. Est. selling price is $100-200.
Current bid: $260
Next minimum bid: $285
A gold-filled engraved scene of two cats beneath a starry sky with crescent moon. Mirror-pastes embellish several of the stars. By artist Nancy DuBois. Titled, signed, numbered, and dated on the reverse “Midnight Meeting, NB, 17/20, 1996, 090221.” Applied plate and loop shank. Est. selling price is $100-200.
Current bid: $160
Next minimum bid: $170
Unusual Japanese enameled button on silver of an owl perched on an irregular branch with autumn leaves. Highly detailed eyes. Backmarked with a turtle within a triangle. The same backmark appears on many Japanese repoussé enamel floral buttons. Silver reverse with elongated wire shank. Est. selling price is $200-400.
Current bid: $506
Next minimum bid: $556
A passementerie design with coiled wire, sequins, and pastes and a shiny silvered alloy surface (reacts to a magnet) with stamped copper border rim. The silvered surface is over bone with catgut shank. The passementerie has a coarse woven thread reverse. Est. selling price is $100-200.
Current bid: $110
Next minimum bid: $120
Four glass in metal designs include a small square green glass with center paste, an oval black glass with fancy border, a faux embroidered black glass design with paste border, and a multi-piece black glass design with inner paste border. Est. selling price is $60-100.
Current bid: $50
Next minimum bid: $60
Four cobalt artisan painted buttons designed by the late Geri Peck of California, painted by a family of skilled artisans in the Czech Republic, and produced in limited quantities. Here is a boy ice skating, a girl with umbrella and galoshes, a boy sledding, and a boy with his snowman. Reverse shows backmark H gp 07 with plate and loop shank. Est. selling price is $100-200.
Current bid: $145
Next minimum bid: $155
Another Atlee and DuBois artistic collaboration and a companion piece to Lot #3. A painted smiling sun face against a starry sky is mounted in the engraved shell embellished with mirror pastes. This sun and moon set were a limited edition of only 10 in number. Reverse is signed, numbered, and dated “Atlee 2/10 NB, 1995”. Applied metal plate cut-out shank. Est. selling price is $100-200.
Current bid: $163
Next minimum bid: $173
English Arts and Crafts silver and enamel buckle. Enameled in turquoise and blue on hammered silver, characteristic of the Liberty style of that period. Illustrated in “The Liberty Style” published by Rizzoli, 1979. Hallmarked Birmingham 1906. Est. selling price is $400-600.
Current bid: $420
Next minimum bid: $445
Blue cornflowers over a creamy background with a peach blush on this painted porcelain by Harry F. Meyers, china decorator, born about 1873. Reference article “Rediscovering H.F.M. -42-” by Judy Stopke. NBS July 2015 p. 116-119. Reverse is signed and dated H.F.M -42- with a self shank. Est. selling price is $60-100.
Current bid: $97
Next minimum bid: $107
A man and woman cuddle beneath a bower on this dramatic sew-thru shaded pearl cameo. Additional info (after catalog printing): Identified as Paul and Virginia, as they shelter from the storm under a banana leaf! Reference the NBS article by Carole Adrian, July 2007, p. 114-117. Est. selling price is $100-200.
Current bid: $60
Next minimum bid: $70
A woman wearing a bonnet and carrying a basket of flowers was formed from wax on this 18th century button. All elements of the scene are in wax, even her little red shoes. Mounted under glass with copper rim and copper reverse. Est. selling price is $600-1500.
Current bid: $382
Next minimum bid: $407
Three concentric circles of copper, silvered copper, and brass with the outermost copper circlet embellished with steel discs and blue pastes. The engraved center brass circle features a blue center paste. Rare. One steel disappeared over time and one steel repaired. All pastes intact.
Est. selling price is $400-600.
Current bid: $575
Next minimum bid: $625
An interesting and unusual champlevé enamel in a berries and floral design is distinctive by the lack of enamel in the background. The raised paste and green glass embellished border further heightens the dimensional interest. Silver or silvered metal mount. Est. selling price is $100-200.
Current bid: $121
Next minimum bid: $131
This nature’s “treasure box” habitat contains beautiful and special natural elements including three hummingbird feathers, dried tiny mushrooms, a robin’s egg shell, a tiny Japanese maple leaf, redshank, a real pearl, and a luna moth wing for the background. Mounted under glass in a wood frame by studio artist Bess Mott. All of her natural materials are responsibly sourced. Artist’s signature stamp is on the reverse. Est. selling price is $60-100.
Current bid: $130
Next minimum bid: $140
Eight working man’s brass verbal work clothes buttons from the late 19th century or early 20th century. Logos and verbiage include U.S. WAGE EARNER, THE M.MFG.Co. BRAND, CYRUS W. SCOTT’S LEVEL BEST, MADE BY THE MEN National CLEVELAND, Enterprise, IDEAL CLO. CO, BREAD WINNER, and MONARCH GUARANTEED. Both wobble shanks and stationary loop shanks. Est. selling price is $60-100.
Current bid: $80
Next minimum bid: $90
Titled the “Union Pacific”, this scarce transportation button depicts a train on a stone bridge in a mountain setting. The scene features a cutout background and pierced bridge, along with the pierced “twinkle” border design. Shown BBB PL 242-14. This lot includes both a medium and large size. Est. selling price is $60-100.
Current bid: $125
Next minimum bid: $135
A superb transfer printed enamel in soft brown, probably Battersea, 1753-1756. Finely set in a double gilt mounting. The unusual shank of two crossed gilded copper wires imitates the catgut shanks of wood or bone back buttons of the early-mid 18th century. Reference BBB PL 12-16. Est. selling price is $600-1500.
Current bid: $1178
Next minimum bid: $1278
Rare porcelain sailboat, painted within a gilded border and gilded shank. The reverse is well marked England Coalport A.D. 1750 V4875. Although founded in 1750, Coalport Porcelain began producing buttons only in the early 20th century. Illustrated in “Buttons” by Epstein-Saftro, pg. 143. The button also appears on the cover of the book. Est. selling price is $400-600.
Current bid: $2250
Next minimum bid: $2350
Four buttons carved by native Alaskan artists including the realistic head of a bird, a realistic bear head and a contour bear head, and a realistic fish or whale. The bird head is a sew-thru and the others have carved self shanks. Est. selling price is $100-200.
Current bid: $113
Next minimum bid: $123
A restored 18th century habitat button features a bright array of marine findings over a blue painted ground. The original glass was replaced with clear acrylic. The copper rim was beautifully restored, along with the original reverse. Est. selling price is $60-100.
Current bid: $66
Next minimum bid: $76
This scene of two large sailing ships at sea was exquisitely painted over iridescent pearl by a Russian artist. Artist’s signature is on the lower left front. Silver rim and back mount decorated with a double rope border. Silver loop shank. Est. selling price is $100-200.
Current bid: $205
Next minimum bid: $230
Attractive enamel featuring a gold foil dancer on a red background surrounded by embedded foil stars. Double borders include a leaf garland over a white background border and an outer red dotted border. Counter-enameled reverse in cobalt blue. Est. selling price is $100-200.
Current bid: $90
Next minimum bid: $100
One-piece French white metal depicts a detailed interior and a woman in a state of undressing while a bearded man peeks through the window. This button is also known as “Rape of Lucrece,” representing a scene in Shakespeare’s poem of that name. Est. selling price is $100-200.
Current bid: $161
Next minimum bid: $171
This pretty lady’s portrait, painted on natural material and set under glass, is distinctive for the blue flowers in her hair and on her dress, and the generous blue makeup above her eyes. A pink bow adorns her neck. The background is painted with a lovely watercolor effect. A border of sparkling brilliants frames the portrait. Silver mount and heavy silver loop shank. Est. selling price is $200-400.
Current bid: $171
Next minimum bid: $181
A small and scarce pictorial Div. I lacy glass featuring a crown. Three colors of decorative finish were applied to the front surface: gold, silver, and pink. The reverse paint is a silver circular band that does not cover the center of the back. Est. selling price is $60-100.
Current bid: $425
Next minimum bid: $450