The cornucopia in this stunning bracelet is both accurate and symbolic.
The antique porcelain button in the center features a cornucopia vase holding a bouquet of wispy violets circled with hand-applied gold luster. A symbolic cornucopia also flanks this rare and collectible button with its bounty of antique buttons and vintage glass.
In Floriography or the Victorian language of flowers, violets symbolize thoughtfulness and enduring love. This bracelet expresses these lovely sentiments with abundance.
Boldly expressing your feelings wasn't socially acceptable in Victorian-era England. Much like modern teenagers with emojis, Victorians expressed their feelings with flowers.
Well-bred women painted most Victorian-era porcelain buttons in their parlors. Painting porcelain was a popular domestic art in the late 19th century, similar to needlework or knitting in the 20th century.
In this piece, from the chain end:
Hand-faceted amethyst bead Small brass and pewter antique button with original tint, circa 1890 Lilac-toned Austrian crystal Vintage hand-pressed Czech glass button in iridescent tones, circa 1950 Hand-painted porcelain button with violets and applied gold luster, circa 1890-1920 Antique abalone pearl button with brass and cut steel hand escutcheon, circa 1900 Lilac-toned Austrian crystal Antique carved abalone pearl button with cut steel, circa 1880-1890 Six pronged brass settings made in Israel Length is 7” - 8 ½”