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French Fop Fops Button Tavern Scene

Button miniature art. French Fop Fops Button Tavern Scene

Vintage buttons are so varied and interesting that many of today’s collectors increasingly prefer collecting Button miniature art. Each button has its own history and can tell you about a particular cultural epoch that began under the rule of various emperors. Archaeologists claim that the oldest should be considered buttons, found during excavations in the Indus Valley. They date back to the III millennium BC. In the Scythian tombs found clothing, jewelry buttons, Greek warriors fastened straps on armor with buttons, the patricians of Ancient Rome also used them. Disco or oval, triangular and square, pyramid and cone-shaped, spherical and hemispherical, archaeologists find antique buttons everywhere.

Button miniature art

Button miniature art

However, the button does not become a necessary attribute of the ancient costume. It was appreciated only in the Middle Ages, when became in vogue suits, tailored and sewn right on the figure. The costume could not be put on, so fashion-mongers had to wait until it was ready right on their body. To expedite the process, clothes tied up with cords. Even invented intricate seam, then remembered the good old button. True, to afford such a piece of costume could not everyone, and at first the button literally screamed about the high status of the owner. Author of German chronicles in 1367 mentioned that at Goldfinch in Bohemia on the costume housed 500 or more buttons. But, perhaps, it was French king Francis I who surpassed all, setting a record when ordered to tailor to sew on his velvet dress 13600 gold buttons.

Button miniature art

Button miniature art

Antique Bachelor Button Figurative Dog Head

Button miniature art. Antique Bachelor Button Figurative Dog Head

Antique Black Glass Button with Iridescent Luster, Leaves & Gold Luster Ivy

Antique Black Glass Button with Iridescent Luster, Leaves & Gold Luster Ivy

Antique Brass Circle With a Crescent and Flowers Button

Antique Brass Circle With a Crescent and Flowers Button

Antique Button. Salamander Reptile Wild Roses on Fence

Antique Button. Salamander Reptile Wild Roses on Fence

Antique Edwardian 1902 silver button. Birmingham Art Nouveau

Antique Edwardian 1902 silver button. Birmingham Art Nouveau

Button miniature art. Antique Large Bass Picture Button - Birds 3 Heron Flying - Oriental

Antique Large Bass Picture Button – Birds 3 Heron Flying – Oriental

Antique Livery Button. Pegasus Winged Horse Supporters Milnes + Baron Houghton

Button miniature art. Antique Livery Button. Pegasus Winged Horse Supporters Milnes + Baron Houghton

Antique Picture Large Button - Romeo and Juliet

Antique Picture Large Button – Romeo and Juliet

Button miniature art. Antique vintage Estate Picture Button - Kitty on rooftop in basket

Antique vintage Estate Picture Button – Kitty on rooftop in basket

Antique vintage Estate Picture Button - Man Brushing Cobwebs Painting Moon Face Tinted

Antique vintage Estate Picture Button – Man Brushing Cobwebs Painting Moon Face Tinted

Antique vintage Estate Picture Buttons - Mill, Waterwheel, Shamrock, and Strawberry

Antique vintage Estate Picture Buttons – Mill, Waterwheel, Shamrock, and Strawberry

Antique vintage gold brass Eagle Military dress shirt button

Antique vintage gold brass Eagle Military dress shirt button

Button miniature art. Brass Picture Button. Bees & Beehive metal

Brass Picture Button. Bees & Beehive metal

Brass Picture Button. Rabbits

Brass Picture Button. Rabbits

Horseshoe & Flower Motif Antique Brass Picture Button

Horseshoe & Flower Motif Antique Brass Picture Button

Large Antique Picture Button Mother and Daughter bathers by the sea

Large Antique Picture Button Mother and Daughter bathers by the sea

Pair of Antique Vintage silver hallmarked buttons 1900 London

Pair of Antique Vintage silver hallmarked buttons 1900 London

pre-1900 rare French Antique button in silver metal

pre-1900 rare French Antique button in silver metal

Pre-1900 rare French Antique button 'Joan of Arc' - 'Jeanne D'Arc'

Pre-1900 rare French Antique button ‘Joan of Arc’ – ‘Jeanne D’Arc’

Silver-Plated Antique livery Button. Crest of Bearded Man with Rose and Martlets

Silver-Plated Antique livery Button. Crest of Bearded Man with Rose and Martlets

Small Antique Button Pitcher Ewer with bunch of grapes leaves ivy

Small Antique Button Pitcher Ewer with bunch of grapes leaves ivy

Victorian Picture Button Crouching Lion with palm fronds in background

Victorian Picture Button Crouching Lion with palm fronds in background

Vintage Couple Dancing Picture Button

Vintage Couple Dancing Picture Button

Vintage Pair of Parrot birds button

Vintage Pair of Parrot birds button

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