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Antique Art Glass Button Necklace with Handwoven Chainmaille


Antique Art Glass Button Necklace with Handwoven Chainmaille


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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.


  • 20" long
  • lobster clasp
  • one-of-a-kind


  • brass and art glass button
  • jeweler's brass jump rings
  • brass lobster clasp

Origin Story

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.