Thursday, June 4, 2009

Faded Glory

This beaded antique button must have been a real stunner once...


I have been enamored of its faded beauty and can imagine what the whole set must have looked like. I have consulted my favorite antique button book-- Buttons by Diana Epstein and Millicent Safro. This book has gorgeous pictures of some of the most beautiful buttons ever made in the history of mankind. Each button is a work of art.

I looked throughout the book, trying to find a button that is similar....but, to no avail...Now, I'm going to contact the woman who sold it to me. And maybe, since the authors of the Buttons book own a great little store in New York City called Tender Buttons, they might be nice enough to help me...


I'm pretty certain that the beads were couched down onto a piece of fabric composed of real metal threads. The beads are tiny 15 degrees or smaller. The fabric was then "framed" by a cut steel circle that was riveted onto the steel back of the button. Maybe one of you might know something about it?

Until then, let's enjoy its beauty...

9 comments:

Judy S. said...

Hmmm, I somehow have the feeling that you have a plan for this beauty. Where did you find it?

Marty52 said...

It looks like it might have had a flower design on it. It would be cool to recreate it!

Carol said...

Those tiny silver beads are beauties. It will be interesting to see what you do with this project, as I am sure ideas are whirling!

Olenka's Stitches said...

Wow! It's a real beauty!

Allison Ann Aller said...

Indeed, what will you do with it???

That book has a marvelous cover. And I can't help but wonder what Tom Wolfe has to say in his preface!

Mary Timme said...

No, I know nothing about buttons at all. Sorry,
but it is a pretty little button.

Ingrid Mida said...

What a beautiful button! I too love buttons and have jars of them, some of which remind me of a particular outfit or event. I'll have to look for the book.
Thank you for your enthusiastic comments on my post about Lesage yesterday. I sent you a reply but I'm not sure you got it. I'm already thinking about when I can return for more lessons.

flyingbeader said...

What a wonderful button. Don't you wish it could tell you where it has been? what it has seen? who has fondled it? I too love buttons. dot

Wanda said...

Wow! I never even thought of buttons that much before. I know my sister is in to them but I never really noticed them. thanks for the eye opener!

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