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2 in. (5.1 cm)
Costume accessories
ca. 1879-1910
Victorian (1837-1901)
Victorian brass picture button featuring a flower market scene. The image includes a relief of woman in hat behind woven baskets filled with flowers. The face of the button is mounted on a shank, which would be attached to the fabric by running the thread through the hole in the shank instead of through holes in the surface of the button. This method allowed for more decoration of the button face, and was highly popular leading up to World War I.
Label Text:
Buttons have been used throughout history, along with brooches, buckles, and straight pins as ornaments and fasteners for garments. Buttons have been used as a decorative closure as well as to accentuate the lines of the body or the item of clothing. In the nineteenth century it was fashionable to ornament lavish gowns with dozens of buttons down the front and along the sleeves. Buttons have come in all shapes and sizes with different mechanisms to attach them to the clothing. Ornamental buttons were especially popular in the eighteenth and nineteenth century. One example is the Victorian metal picture buttons, which featured characters from mythology, animals, historic figures, and genre scenes. Brass was commonly used to make these buttons with image stamped by a steam driven press.
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Credit Line:
Smithsonian Gardens, Horticultural Artifacts Collection. Gift of Frances Jones Poetker.
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Horticultural Artifacts Collection
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Smithsonian Gardens