Antique Bird Button Bracelet
Antique Bird Button Bracelet

Mr. Rook and Friends Bracelet - Birds

The small flock of birds depicted in the three antique buttons on this elegant bracelet includes two herons and a whimsical bird sheltering under an umbrella. 

The button with the umbrella bird is probably an ode to a popular children’s storybook, published in 1901, called The Ballad of Mr. Rook. Written by George Wyndham, who at the time was the Chief Secretary of Ireland, the book tells a sweet tale about a family of rooks (small blackbirds) who found a safe home in the author's neighborhood. These lucky birds were even given umbrellas to protect them from the rain.

In this piece, from the ring end:

  • One-piece brass openwork button of Mr. Rook, circa 1901
  • Steel-backed button with applied brass stamping of a heron catching a fish, circa 1880-90
  • One-piece brass button of a heron among the reeds, circa 1880-90
  • Three brass-plated pewter settings made in the USA
  • Two stamped brass leaf connectors made in the USA
  • Antiqued brass chain
  • Length is 71/4” to 7 3/4”

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