This lyrical necklace showcases a large stamped, tinted brass Victorian-era picture button depicting the medieval minstrel Blondel.
Blondel was a minstrel to Richard I of England who was imprisoned by the French on his way home from the Crusades and held for ransom. Blondel located his master by singing a song they composed together beneath the window of various castles until Richard responded.
The Blondel button is accented with a tiny brass and glass waistcoat button dating from the 1860s.
We're forever in awe of how the miniature tableaus depicted on antique buttons provide intriguing insights into Victorian-era fascinations.
Read more: Once Upon a Time - Victorian-Era Picture Buttons, Buttonology Blog.
In this piece:
- Large stamped and tinted brass picture button depicting Blondel, circa 1880-1890
- Tiny brass and glass waistcoat button, circa 1860
- Two brass stampings made today in the USA in vintage dies
- Antiqued brass chain
- Length 23” with 4” extender
Shop Collection: Limited Edition