Balthasar Necklace - Holiday
The focal point of this necklace is a stunning steel cup antique button. Steel cup buttons, not surprisingly, are characterized by a cup-shaped base embellished with intricate layers of stamped brass and cut steel.
Matthew Bolton, from Birmingham, England, perfected the manufacture cut steel buttons in the 1770s by riveting tiny pieces of faceted steel onto a frame. They quickly rose in popularity as economical imitations of the diamond and marcasite buttons that were fashionable in the royal court.
They fell from favor in the early nineteenth century, only to return with a vengeance between 1880 and 1910.
In our studio, we fondly refer to cut steel buttons as “button bling” and love to imagine each one of these three buttons making an opulent Victorian gown sparkle on a ballroom dance floor.
We added some supplementary sparkle to this design with a smaller cut steel button and some brilliant silvered glass beads that we hope will make this pendant your go-to when you want to shine.
In this piece:
- Victorian steel-cup button with ornate brass stampings and three rows of cut steel, circa 1880-90
- Small Victorian cut steel button, circa 1880-90
- Large and small brass-plated pewter settings made in the USA
- Brass filigree stamping made in the USA in vintage dies
- Floral three-ring brass connector stamped in the USA in vintage dies
- Hand-wrapped glass beads
- Antiqued brass chain
- Length is 18” with 4” extender
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