Do you have any advice as to where I can go to identify some unusual buttons? If you could send me photos of the front and back of the button I might be of some help. Hi Agnes I'm out my field of any knowledge and was hoping for a tiny bit of assistants if thats Ok. Hello, thanks for the information on your site. I would like to know if you are still willing to help me identify some buttons? Thanks again, Lila.
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Agnes' Vintage World: Button Identification
The button—with its self-contained roundness and infinite variability—has a quiet perfection to it. Running a cascade of buttons through your fingers feels satisfyingly heavy, like coins or candy; their clicking whoosh and blur of colors lull you. A button packs an extraordinary amount of information about a given time and place—its provenance—onto a crowded little canvas. The earliest known button, writes Ian McNeil in An Encyclopedia of the History of Technology , "was originally used more as an ornament than as a fastening, the earliest known being found at Mohenjo-daro in the Indus Valley [now Pakistan]. It is made of a curved shell and about years old.