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An enchanting work by artist Nancy Dubois, who transformed a lily of the valley stem into a stalk of pearl treasure for this little gnome traipsing across a stepping stone path of snails. Pigmented and engraved pinna shell with pearl embellishment. Signed, numbered and dated on the reverse. Est. selling price is $100-200.
Current bid: $280
Next minimum bid: $305
Shhh! Don’t tell King Crow the jewel he’s carrying is fool’s gold! From the creative hand of artist Janet White of California, this moveable enamel (crown is hinged) is embellished with silver and pyrite. Artist’s decorated card included. Signature stamp on the reverse. Est. selling price is $60-100.
Current bid: $145
Next minimum bid: $155
A medium two-part amino resin button made as a novelty for a short time in the 1940’s by the Colt Firearm Company. The green screw-top is decorated with a molded, cameo-style head and fitted on a black base. Green lid numbered 194 on inner side. Inner black compartment shows PAT. PENDING COLT and the number 41. Self shank. Est. selling price is $60-100.
Current bid: $135
Next minimum bid: $145
Gilded aluminum fish, crafted in France in the late 1940s, by Font Guillot for the fashion industry from unused war machinery. See examples of this in Loic Allio’s book, “A Button Odyssey.” This type of fish is often found as a classic spouter fountain. Cast self shank. Est. selling price is $100-200.
Current bid: $117
Next minimum bid: $127
A superb transfer printed enamel in soft brown, probably Battersea, 1753-1756. Finely set in a 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, #13-16. Est. selling price is $600-1500.
Current bid: $6900
Next minimum bid: $7000
A rooster stands sentinel over his hen as a hawk flies overhead on this large white metal from the Huguenin Medailleurs of Switzerland. The button is signed HUGUENIN along the lower front edge. Huguenin buttons were imported from Switzerland in the 1960s, made from old medal die engravings from the watch-case maker and medallieur enterprise of brothers Fritz and Albert Huguenin in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Est. selling price is $100-200.
Current bid: $276
Next minimum bid: $301
A rare and large pictorial watch crystal button from the late 19th century featuring a printed paper cutout under the crystal depicting a woman feeding the birds. Similar buttons are shown BBB PL 38 #1, and #3 on the opposite page. Another watch crystal from this set is in Lot #237. Lacquered metal reverse with wire loop shank. Est. selling price is $60-100.
Current bid: $105
Next minimum bid: $115
This complex and wonderful button features a bezel mounted satin glass cabochon on an intricate design of arched wire fronds over a green celluloid background. Gilded reverse with wire loop shank. I can almost see a glowing firefly in the design. Can you? Est. selling price is $200-400.
Current bid: $120
Next minimum bid: $130
A scarce Div. I clear lacy glass in the realistic shape of a leaf. Lovely iridescent luster finish. One wee chip on a leaf tip. AND four small Div. I lacy glass, three with gold and amber colors and one with a triple paisley design and blue back color. Brass shanks. Est. selling price is $100-200.
Current bid: $165
Next minimum bid: $175
Portrait of Queen Victoria on celluloid, from her official Diamond Jubilee portrait of 1897, is rimmed and mounted on brass with a spring-loaded stud attachment. Reverse backmark includes a signature and rising sun face, along with patent numbers on the stud. Est. selling price is $60-100.
Current bid: $75
Next minimum bid: $85
A profile bust and HENRY CLAY 1845 in raised letters against a fine undulating lined background on a two-piece gilt political with floral garland border design. Albert’s PC 206A. Another version shown BBB PL 296 #13. Clay was the unsuccessful Whig presidential candidate in the election campaign of 1844 against Polk. Backmarked SCOVILLS & CO, SUPERFINE in raised lettering in a recessed ring. Loop shank. Est. selling price is $100-200.
Current bid: $251
Next minimum bid: $276
Extra large glass sailboat with racing numbers by Lionel Nichols. See reference in the new “Clear and Colored Glass” book, by Howells and Chrowl, pg. 44. This type of button was made from 1946-1966 from a type of glass called vitrolite, which has the appearance of ceramic. Each piece was worked separately. Applied brass plate shank. Est. selling price is $100-200.
Current bid: $187
Next minimum bid: $197
A fabulous collaboration from the creative studios of Janet White and Elizabeth Mott. An enamel wave is mounted on maple with a glass-covered habitat well filled with Japanese star sand, cotton hand knotted net, starfish, and apatite beads. Artist decorated card included. Limited edition #8/10. Est. selling price is $100-200.
Current bid: $120
Next minimum bid: $130
A lavender glass jewel centers this large silvered brass design with multiple borders including stylized flowers and an outer border of tiny acanthus leaves. Tinned steel reverse. Original shank was reinforced with a hefty dose of solder at one point in its history. Est. selling price is $10-30.
Current bid: $70
Next minimum bid: $80