We feature bracelets created by Corda Walker in every limited edition release. Corda has worked as a Grandmother's Buttons' designer for twenty-seven years and inevitably creates magic from a handful of colorful antique buttons, vintage glass, cufflinks, and filigree stampings.
This stunning bracelet is no exception and features a veritable starter collection of antique and vintage buttons. All of them are rare and collectible in their own right, but the sizable antique hand-painted porcelain in the center is the show stopper.
Most Victorian-era porcelain buttons were hand-painted by well-bred women in their parlors. Painting porcelain was a popular domestic art in the late 19th century, similar to needlework or knitting in the 20th century.
This porcelain button features lovingly executed red roses, a timeless symbol of love. Boldly expressing your feelings wasn't socially acceptable in Victorian-era England. Much like modern teenagers with emojis, Victorians expressed their feelings with flowers.
Flanking the porcelain button on both sides, you'll find six one-of-a-kind, Victorian-era metal buttons, including precious cut steel, a French champleve' enamel on a dark pearl, and a brass and ruby waistcoat button.
We named this bracelet after the Darcey Bussel, one of our favorite red rose varieties. A Bussel rose is wonderfully old-fashioned and hopelessly romantic, just like this bracelet.
In this piece, from the chain end:
Tiny gilded brass and cut steel button, circa 1880-1900
Brass and burgundy cloth perfume button, circa 1870-1880
Tiny French champleve’ enamel on dark pearl button, circa 1880-1890
Hand-painted porcelain button with roses and applied gilding, circa 1890-1920
Dyed pearl button with brass fan escutcheon, circa 1900
Tiny brass and ruby glass waistcoat button, circa 1870
Stamped brass button with original tinting, circa 1880-1890
Seven brass filigree settings, stamped today in vintage dies in the USA