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Button miniature art. French Fop Fops Button Tavern Scene

French Fop Fops Button Tavern Scene. Button miniature art

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

Retro 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

Figurative Dog Head. Antique Bachelor Button

Figurative Dog Head. Antique Bachelor Button

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

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

Brass Circle With a Crescent and Flowers Button

Brass Circle With a Crescent and Flowers Button

Salamander Reptile Wild Roses on Fence

Salamander Reptile Wild Roses on Fence

Edwardian 1902 silver button. Birmingham Art Nouveau

Edwardian 1902 silver button. Birmingham Art Nouveau

Large Bass Picture Button – Birds 3 Heron Flying – Oriental

Large Bass Picture Button – Birds 3 Heron Flying – Oriental

Livery Button. Pegasus Winged Horse Supporters Milnes + Baron Houghton

Livery Button. Pegasus Winged Horse Supporters Milnes + Baron Houghton

Romeo and Juliet antique Picture Large Button

Romeo and Juliet antique Picture Large Button

Vintage Estate Picture Button – Kitty on rooftop in basket

Vintage Estate Picture Button – Kitty on rooftop in basket

Man Brushing Cobwebs Painting Moon Face Tinted

Man Brushing Cobwebs Painting Moon Face Tinted

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

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

Gold brass Eagle Military dress shirt button

Gold brass Eagle Military dress shirt button

Bees & Beehive metal. Brass Picture Button

Bees & Beehive metal. Brass Picture Button

Rabbits. Brass Picture Button

Rabbits. Brass Picture Button

Horseshoe & Flower Motif Antique Brass Picture Button

Horseshoe & Flower Motif Antique Brass Picture Button

Mother and Daughter bathers by the sea

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

Before 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

Crouching Lion with palm fronds in background. Victorian Picture Button Crouching Lion with palm fronds in background. Victorian Picture Button

Couple Dancing Picture Button

Couple Dancing Picture Button

Parrot bird button

Parrot bird button

Exquisite Button miniature art

Exquisite Button miniature art

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