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Necklace-Vintage Glass & Antique Buttons-Grandmother's Buttons
Necklace-Vintage Glass & Antique Buttons-Grandmother's Buttons
Necklace-Vintage Glass & Antique Buttons-Grandmother's Buttons

Augusta Collar Necklace

The vintage silver brown agate oval in the center of this impressive pendant necklace is an outstanding example of post-war German glassmaking.

Bohemian glassmakers were the first to develop methods for press-molding glass buttons in the early nineteenth century. They began with solid colored glass, and then, as their skills grew, started producing multi-colored stones mimicking gems like opals and tortoiseshells. 

After the Second World War, German glass artists advanced the glass making trade further by inventing marbled agate glass. They melted canes of colored glass over a lampworking flame, blended in bits of silver foil, and then hand-pressed the mixture into molds. 

In this design, we flanked the agate glass with two antique buttons and two striated brown West German glass doublets. 

Every antique button is a one and only, chosen just for you, and so will not be identical to the image. 

In this piece, from the outside in:

  • Two small antique metal buttons, both circa 1880-1900
  • Vintage striated brown glass doublets, made in mid-century Western Germany
  • Vintage German silver brown agate lampworked and hand-pressed glass cabochon
  • Five brass-plated pewter settings made in the USA
  • Tortoiseshell Czech glass beads
  • Stamped brass filigree beads made in antique dies in the USA
  • Antiqued brass chain
  • Length 16” with 4” extender

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