Couronne Necklace - Holiday
There are three sizes of exquisite brass and cut steel buttons in this glamorous necklace. A large statement button hangs from a smaller star button while a tiny brass button anchors the chain clasp. In all three the warm brass provides an ideal contrast to the icy cut steel.
Matthew Bolton from Birmingham, England perfected the manufacture of cut steel buttons in the 1770s by riveting tiny pieces of faceted steel onto a frame. They quickly rose in popularity as economical imitations of the diamond and marcasite buttons that were fashionable in the royal court. They fell from favor in the early nineteenth century, only to return with a vengeance between 1880 and 1910.
In our studio, we fondly refer to cut steel buttons as “button bling” and love to imagine each one of these three buttons making an opulent Victorian gown sparkle on a ballroom dance floor.
In this piece:
- Large openwork brass button with cut steel border, circa 1880-90
- Small openwork brass flower button with cut steel center, circa 1880-90
- Tiny steel cup button with brass and cut steel center, circa 1880-90
- Large pronged brass setting, stamped in vintage dies in the USA
- Beautifully made, substantial antiqued brass chain
- Length 16” with 4” extender
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