Q: Are these buttons really 100 years old?
A: Yes, they really are. “One of the quickest ways to ascertain the age of a metal button is to turn it over and examine its back. If it has a looped or twisted wire shank embedded in a metal back, it is very likely a button made prior to 1918 (the year after which button collectors classify a button as “modern” rather than “antique”). Self-shank buttons- those in which the metal back is actually shaped into protrusion through which a hole is made- can be either antique or modern. Modern self-shank buttons, however, are generally very light weight in construction and are usually hollow.” -Beautiful Button Jewelry Book
Q: Why do you leave the shanks on your buttons?
A: We go to great lengths to preserve the sew-through shanks on the back of our buttons, because to remove them would be to damage the value of the button. An intact button, even one used in jewelry, will grow in value as the years go on.
Q: Are your pieces handmade?
A: Yes, every piece is handmade in our studio on the second floor of our beautifully historic 1905 bank building located in the historic district of St. Francisville, La.
Q: What types of buttons are used?
A: Download our Field Guide to Buttons to get a quick lesson on the major categories of antique and vintage buttons, what era they come from, and what their distinguishing features are.
Q: Where do you find your buttons?
A: Being in business for 25 years I have established great friendships with many button dealers and collectors all over the world. I love “the hunt” for exceptional enamels, cut steel and stamped brass buttons to be transformed into beautiful pieces of jewelry.