Dido Necklace - Celluloid Limited Edition
Dido Necklace - Celluloid Limited Edition
Dido Necklace - Celluloid Limited Edition

Dido Necklace - Celluloid Limited Edition

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The extraordinary antique Victorian-era button showcased in this necklace features striking a brown and ivory celluloid background with a center cut out holding a brilliant stamped brass medallion.

John Wesley Hyatt of New Jersey patented the first semi-synthetic plastic in 1869 while attempting to invent a replacement material for ivory billiard balls. His invention, called celluloid, proved unsuitable for pool tables. However, its innately moldable properties made it a very popular choice for various other everyday items, including toys, knitting needles, cutlery handles, collars and cuffs, jewelry, and of course, buttons.

Celluloid was produced in paper-thin sheets, sometimes pigmented to imitate rare natural materials such as tortoiseshell, marble, agate, glass, jade, coral, ivory, jet, and pearl. These sheets were often sandwiched between ornate pierced-brass tops and rimmed brass bottoms. Many, like the one in this necklace, also had cutouts containing brilliant pieces of crystal, silvered glass, or cut steel, adding extra sparkle to these ornate and richly colored buttons.

Read more: Celluloid, When Plastic was Fantastic, Buttonology Blog.

We love the versatility of this necklace, which can be worn long or doubled up and worn short.

In this piece:

  • Antique brass rimmed button with thin layer of striped celluloid and brass underlay ornament, circa 1890-1920
  • Stamped brass setting made today in the USA in vintage dies
  • Antiqued brass and enamel bead chains
  • Can be worn long at 33” or doubled up and worn short at 17”

 Shop Collection: Limited Edition 

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