Monday, September 27, 2010

Unexpected treasures from the button box!

I can't ever resist the jars, tins, and boxes of buttons at a garage sale!
This tin full came from my first garage sale of the day on Saturday, along with a couple of bits of trim.
Resting my weary feet tonight, I started sifting through the box, putting aside the more interesting buttons.
Halfway down I started finding these exquisite little black carved glass buttons!
Tiny, and with the most intricate detail in the glass! I think they are at least 100 years old!
The largest of these is upper left and is an irredescent carnival glass type of button with what looks like a moose..see below! The camera didn't catch the purples and greens of the glass.

Then there were these! Shiny black glass with gold trim!

Not exactly the crown jewels, but part of a ring, engraved B.L. from M.S.......10 KT, not exactly enough gold to retire on........and another black onyx with initial ring...the back part is quite squashed.
Does anyone read Latin? I think that's what it is. There were about 5 of these old metal shank buttons.
So never know what you will find in one of those button boxes.

I also found some neat old beads and quite a few interesting buttons once I started digging through.

It was like an archeological dig.  The deeper the layer, the older the buttons!
It must have gone undisturbed and just added to over the years.

Now.........go look at my friend Carol's post  over at THE POLKA DOT CLOSET
You won't believe her unexpected thrift store find!


The Polka Dot Closet said...

Man Lucy! I wish I had found buttons instead of what I did! I love buttons, it is such a great treasure hunt! Thank you for the shout out!


Anonymous said...

wonderful find Lucy. I love buttons and you have some absolutely beautiful ones here.
hugs June xxxx

Betsy said...

What fabulous buttons you uncovered. Aren't they just like little jewels? I always feel like a kid at Christmas when I go through a good button tin;-)

Lynn@ The Vintage Nest said...

Lucy, those are gorgeous. I, too, found some unexpected treasures last weekend out yard treasure hunting. I bought some old sewing notions too and yesterday I went through them, and like you, found some gorgeous buttons......some comedy/tradgedy ones and some old silk covered snaps. I didn't even know they made those. That's what keeps us forever on the hunt all over again. :)