A beautifully hand painted (not transfer) Victorian Ladies porcelain shirt or collar button. Manufactured between 1840 when Porcelain was first used for buttons, and 1890. 1891 was the year the import laws went into effect and the country of origin, and many times a manufacturers mark was also placed on the back.
This button measures 1 1/4” across and the porcelain shank sits 14” long on the back.
Buttons of this sort were painted by building up the layers of coloration. The button you see before you has beautiful Forget-me-Not's in shades of blue with green and a smidgen of lavender. It is accented in 14 K Gilding. However, time and tide being what they are and the button being worn often the gold gilding has worn a bit on the face and around the outer edge. It is still a fine example of Victorian Dress and I have considered this fact when pricing my button so that you will purchase a wonderfully affordable button to add to your collection. One might even wear it through a current collar button hole, or top button hole instead of a pin or necklace. Be creative and see how many uses you find for it.
Condition is: Good Used Antique. Besides the slight loss of gilding I talk about above, there is a nick in the top rim of the button shaft. It is quite small, only 3 mm across and 1 1/2 mm wide even though it looks huge in my pictures.(not bad for being between 125-175 years old) This is because I take very high resolutions closeups so you can see exactly what your purchase will look like. The only trouble is, even the smallest marks, that can not be seen by the unaided eye show up.
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