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Carnival Glass Buttons - Part 2
CARNIVAL BUTTONS – Part 2
Fly & Shell and Forest Deer Buttons.
Greyhound Dog and Gristmill Variant Buttons.
Horseshoe and Mansion Buttons.
Playboys and Puss Buttons.
Rover at Home and Snake & Jewel Buttons.
Star of David and Steam Locomotive.
Prince Albert, husband of Queen Victoria, died in 1861. Victoria’s mourning ended at her death in 1901. Jet buttons were used on her garments, but jet was scarce and costly, so the women of England used black glass exported from Venice in great quantities. England, as well as other countries, made them. As mourning lost its impetus various designs and color were added. Besides paint, various mineral glazes were fired on the buttons to give them a permanent luster and beauty. The oldest luster is copper, found on old Italian and Spanish china. Pure copper gives a gold luster. Combined with other minerals it produced rich blues, greens, purples, and other colors. To avoid the tarnished look, silver platinum was used. Platinum gave a bright luster imitating cut steel, used mostly on small buttons. Carnival collectors prefer the iridescent buttons, but the lusters are also very collectible.
From: Button Collectors History, by Grace Honey Ford, Collectors Encyclopedia of Buttons, by Sally Luscomb, The Big Book of Buttons, by Elizabeth Hughes and Marion Lester.
PLAYBOYS: button is listed as such in the Ruth Clark book, “A Carnival of Iridescent Luster Buttons”. This is a chocolate glass base displaying 2 frogs in a lancing duel with a snail looking on. The size of the button is 11/16” with brass back plate and shank. Iridized buttons pre-date carnival glass, as we collect it, dating back to the 19th century.
Dean & Diane Fry, 4-11
Therefore whoever hears these saying of Mine, and does them,
I will liken him to a wise man who built his house on the rock:
And the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house;
and it did not fall, for it was founded on the rock.
But everyone who hears these sayings of Mine, and does not do them,
will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand;
And the rain descended, the floods came,
and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it fell.
And great was its fall.
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