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Strikingly colorful abalone shell adorned with deep space sightings including stars and comets, the planet Saturn, and the crescent moon. Steel jewels, steel pins, and wire embellishment. Two-hole sew-thru. Appears to be signed on the reverse. Est. selling price is $60-100.
Current bid: $106
Next minimum bid: $116
Three Mark Twain books illustrated in great detail on these large pewter buttons from Battersea. Includes a riverboat scene for “Life on the Mississippi,” the fence whitewashing scene from “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer,” and river rafting life for “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.” Reverse includes a quote from each of the books and a head shank depiction of Samuel Langhorne Clemens (Mark Twain). Est. selling price is $100-200.
Current bid: $80
Next minimum bid: $90
This extra-large original Ashlee openwork one-piece brass features a bee amongst lily-of-the-valley. Ashlee, known to most collectors as Div. III stamped assembled works, was a button manufacturing company established in 1870, which did business through the 1930s. Later, findings from this company were assembled into more buttons. Loop shank. Est. selling price is $100-200.
Current bid: $225
Next minimum bid: $250
This large high domed metal features a cream enamel center with green leaf form design over copper mounted atop a raised copper ring with leafy scroll border which also surmounts an outer ring border. Some minor crazing in the enamel. Reverse shows loop shank on center support bar. Est. selling price is $60-100.
Current bid: $35
Next minimum bid: $40
Fantastic realistic parrot head with glass eye, which looks as if it is perfectly carved from wood. Close inspection of the reverse reveals that it is of a molded material, either plaster or ceramic, likely done by an expert home hobbyist. Brass loop shank. Est. selling price is $200-400.
Current bid: $237
Next minimum bid: $262
A stumpwork embroidered cherub musician dances on a pearl heart on this one of a kind button by artist Ann Howe. The embroidery is sewn on a vintage handkerchief. Pearl gray Czech glass seed beads decorate the pearl heart and form a border. Comes mounted in the artist’s unique matchbox letterpress paper case. Soft suede reverse with wire loop shank. Est. selling price is $30-60.
Current bid: $45
Next minimum bid: $50
Cherub beats a double drum on this large Victorian pictorial. Tinted mirror steel twinkles through the drums’ screen surfaces. Similar button shown BBB PL 184-4. Reverse shows loop shank on support bar finding, showing that this was originally half a buckle. Est. selling price is $60-100.
Current bid: $52
Next minimum bid: $62
A cherub in pink dress and pink-ribboned hat chimes a triangle against a pink sunset sky on this handpainted scene by Sara Atlee. The artwork is applied to a vintage pearl disk. Applied brass plate with cut-out shank. Signed Atlee ‘95, 2/10. Est. selling price is $100-200.
Current bid: $140
Next minimum bid: $150
Graduated set of sizes in this six wood button set with brass striped inlay. Originally purchased in France in 1910 by a WWI surgeon, J.W. Goodsell, who was also a member of Admiral Peary’s expedition to the North Pole in 1909. Brass loop shanks. Est. selling price is $30-60.
Current bid: $35
Next minimum bid: $40
Three Div. I buttons include a steel cup with a shell center and openwork scrolls embellished with steel jewels, a pierced brass mount decorated with a carved shell cross and steel jewels, and a brass design with shell (or celluloid) background. Loop and wire U shanks. Est. selling price is $30-60.
Current bid: $47
Next minimum bid: $52
This deluxe target design features a center inset paste surrounded by Mother of Pearl, a circlet of sparkling brilliants on gilt metal, an inner and an outer rim of either rose gold or copper, and an outer border of green enamel. Yellow metal slightly convex reverse. Loop shank. Est. selling price is $100-200.
Current bid: $111
Next minimum bid: $121
From a famous set of jasperware buttons that depict Parisian buildings vital to the French Revolution is this view of the Hotel Des Invalides. On July 14, 1789, the citizens of Paris stormed Les Invalides to capture the cannons stored there; those cannons were unleashed on the Bastille later that same day–now known as Bastille Day. Steel collet, copper rim and back. Est. selling price is $600-1500.
Current bid: $500
Next minimum bid: $550
A large coin-like brass made in France in the late 19th century by Trelon, Weldon and Weil of Paris (T.W.W.). This button may have been made for South American Gauchos to adorn their costumes in place of real gold or silver coins. The button features a phrygian cap, clasped hands, a laurel wreath, and the words REPUBLICA ARGENTINA. Reverse marked PARIS and T. Heavy brass loop shank. Est. selling price is $60-100.
Current bid: $55
Next minimum bid: $65
Scarce square Div. I Lacy glass with stemmed tulip blooms and curling leaves radiating from the center. Gold luster finish enhances the pictorial elements against the gradated color wash background. Original back paint retained on reverse. Four-way brass shank. Est. selling price is $100-200.
Current bid: $351
Next minimum bid: $376
18th century jasperware scene featuring Neptune as a merman with his mermaid partner and two children emerging from the waves. Bright copper rim. Shown in Loic Allio’s book “A Button Odyssey”, p. 105. Copper reverse with loop shank. Est. selling price is $600-1500.
Current bid: $450
Next minimum bid: $475
A large Tombac with machine engraved center radial star encircled by a punched dotted border and a machine engraved scalloped border. And an early copper alloy transitional engraved with a triple-bloom floral design. Typical tombac shank and a drilled shank on the copper. Est. selling price is $60-100.
Current bid: $75
Next minimum bid: $85
Deluxe Victorian jewel featuring a center faux moss agate glass jewel. A ‘twinkle’ background is revealed beneath an openwork laurel wreath bedecked with pastes bordering the center glass. Cut steel jewels and an outer decorative silvered brass border complete the design. Japanned reverse with loop shank. Est. selling price is $60-100.
Current bid: $66
Next minimum bid: $76
Romeo and Juliet reach out to each other from Juliet’s position on the curtained balcony on this detailed theatrical scene with twinkle screenback and original tint. Note how the screenback is also utilized in the balcony balustrade. Shown BBB PL 158-2. Japanned reverse with loop shank. Est. selling price is $60-100.
Current bid: $60
Next minimum bid: $70
Five medium V.I. include a stenciled tile pattern, a pinshank with classic head escutcheon, an impressed design with holly and berry swags, a two-color carved design with center pearl inlay, and a brown V.I. with intricate machine carved radial pattern. One sew-thru, two self-shanks, a cast pewter shank, and a brass loop completing the pin shank. Est. selling price is $30-60.
Current bid: $34
Next minimum bid: $39
Four early buttons include three medium 18th century passementerie and a large finely woven metallic thread fabric covered button decorated with seed beads – perhaps a later Victorian addition to an earlier button. Thread and fabric reverses. Est. selling price is $60-100.
Current bid: $82
Next minimum bid: $92
This charming ink and watercolor illustration on paper under glass is a 19th century made revival of an 18th century button. A young lad hugs a young shepherdess as she stands watch with her staff. Metal rim and back. Loop shank. Est. selling price is $400-600.
Current bid: $390
Next minimum bid: $415
A copper alloy transitional age mother/daughter pair from the late 18th or early 19th century featuring an unusual hand-punched stamped design and a rare shape. Another of these pairs sold in the last auction, and we are privileged to offer another set. Copper loop shanks. Est. selling price is $100-200.
Current bid: $120
Next minimum bid: $130
Spectacular button features a geometric glass intarsia border surrounding an enameled glass Lion of St. Mark, laminated to black glass with swaged-in shank. The motto is the abbreviated form of “Pax Tibi Marce Evangelista Meus,” which translates to “Peace be unto you, Mark, my Evangelist.” Est. selling price is $600-1500.