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Old 02-13-2019, 05:05 PM
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Default Concave Button with GREAT Detail

Like most of my fellow Northeastern US detectorists, I've had the mid-winter itch. Last night, while perusing through my pile of buttons, I came across one that I had thrown into the pile without much consideration. I could tell there would be some detail beneath the packed dirt.

To my surprise, the detail was better than expected! The front of the button is concave and shows detail of a butterfly and some sunflowers. The reverse has the shank in tact and is convex.

The quality and detail of the button lead me to believe that this is an older button. I have never come across a concave button or one with this type of pictorial detail.

Does anyone have an idea of what this button may have been use for or when it could have been made? A huge fail on my behalf because I cannot remember where I even dug this button!

Thank you for any info that you can provide.
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Old 02-13-2019, 05:07 PM
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Awesome button!

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Old 02-13-2019, 05:47 PM
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Fantastic button, Acuva!!

I agree, judging by the overall effort put into the button and the great design and attention to detail, itís almost certainly an old one - as they say, they just donít make things like they used to! The shank appears to be an older variety, too. If I had to guess, Iíd say mid to late 1800s - but itís only a guess. Unfortunately, I canít offer anything more than that opinion - Iím just not knowledgeable enough about dating buttons. Hopefully someone else can give you more definitive guidance!


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Old 02-13-2019, 06:17 PM
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Would people agree it has a bit of an Art Nouveau look to it?

Here are some similar designs.
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Old 02-13-2019, 06:24 PM
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Nice detail.

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Old 02-13-2019, 07:52 PM
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I would call that a Victorian Picture Button.

and a beautiful one too!!


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Old 02-13-2019, 09:32 PM
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That one is a beauty.
Style does seem Victorian to Art Nouveau (there was over-lap and mixing).

Ladies coat button maybe.
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Old 02-15-2019, 08:42 PM
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If this helps ..same button

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Old 02-19-2019, 08:25 AM
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Very nice button
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