This necklace features a large antique art glass button with paste stones, circa 1890, suspended from brass chain handwoven in a rosette design. The button's high-domed, purple and brown glass cabochon is 1" in diameter and set with prongs that are an extension of the pierced design. The metal is brass with a golden wash.
brass and art glass button
jeweler's brass jump rings
brass lobster clasp
The antique button was produced during the "Gay Nineties," an American term coined in the 1920's referring to the last decade of the 19th century. In Europe, this same time period is known as the "Belle Epoque" and in England is called the "Naughty Nineties." Regardless of its name, it was a period characterized by ornate and decadent styles. Buttons of this era were large, usually featured a focal glass "jewel," and adorned outerwear.
The original shank of the button is still attached to its backside so as to maintain the integrity of this antique artifact. When laid flat, the shank causes the button to slightly cant to the side, however this effect is virtually eliminated when the necklace is worn due to its suspension from the chain.
This colorful necklace features a circa 1930 "apple juice" bakelite dress clip, converted to a pendant. Vertical rows of clear and amethyst-colored rhinestones add sparkle, while the handwoven brass chain features vintage (circa 1960) faceted lucite links. An antique glass button dangles from the clasp.
bakelite pendant is 2" long and 1 3/8" wide
length can be extended - please indicate desired length when placing your order for this piece
vintage bakelite and rhinestone converted dress clip
This necklace features an antique rose-gold filled slide and oval locket. The locket is etched with a floral design and embellished with ruby and clear paste stones. There is some wear on the gold fill on the side where the locket opens, although this is not noticeable from the front view. It measures 1" in length by 3/4" width. The backside of the locket is inscribed with the name "Ruth."
locket measures 1" x 3/4"
necklace is 18" long with a 2" extender chain
locket and slide drop 2" from the chain
antique slide charm and locket
gold-filled lobster clasp
Inside the locket is a maker's mark of a bee, with the letters RBM Atrice. Similar lockets date to 1894. The Bee Atrice Mark, with a Bumble Bee, signifies the Little Beatrice Locket line produced by the RB MacDonald Company of Attleboro, Massachusetts.
The chain is 18" in length with a 2" extender. The locket and slide drop 2" from the chain. Closes with a gold-filled lobster clasp.