Unusual celluloid and brass button with a crescent moon, with a smaller hammered-brass button set with a cut steel star. Both buttons date from 1880s-1890s. Celluloid was the first man-made plastic, discovered in 1869 as a material to replace ivory in billiard balls. Cut steel refers to small bits of faceted steel that were hand-riveted into a brass button base, a process that was used in button and jewelry making from the late 18th to the late 19th centuries.
- Length of beaded bronze chain is 31 inches
- Diameter of large button is 1½ inches
- Four brass stampings (including the man in the moon and the bail) made today in the USA in antique dies