Monday, August 29, 2016

Doubly Dark

Half of the black buttons I own are heavy pieces that came off of fur jackets and men's trench-style coats in the 1920's, 30's and early 40's. This Bakelite twosome was sold to me earlier this summer as a set and probably resided on some very dressy threads once. Relics of high-fashion, they do not make buttons like this anymore. Magnificently carved, each piece is trussed in metal bands for emphasis on the sculpted ovals that lie in the center of these jet-black eyefuls. Possessing an air of real importance, something about these buttons calls for respect.

-Sherbert McGee

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