I recently acquired a collection of boxed antique buttons in sets – Victorian and Edwardian buttons – that have been hidden away in the attics of an English country house for years. This is a pair of beautiful 19th century enamel and silver foil bachelor buttons with hand painted rose motifs, retailed by a Plymouth (UK) jeweller, and in their original box. The buttons both appear to be in excellent condition with no damage. They are each 2cms (0.78 inches) in diameter. Bachelor buttons were a 19th century invention - a button that is more like a stud with a spring mechanism clip on the metal circular back. The clips on the sides are pressed to release the back - a device that saved sewing on a button (hence the name) They were also worn in lapels. Lovely duo!