The collectible mint green button centering this bracelet showcases the talents of midcentury German glassmakers.
German glassmaking is rooted in Northern Bavaria. Influenced by their Czech counterparts in nearby Bohemia, German glassmakers are also renowned for their exceptional skills that evolved over centuries.
Czechoslovakia annexed Northern Bavaria after WWII, and so the resident German glassmakers fled and set up workshops in their new West German communities. They built a thriving glass button industry, and by 1950 West Germany was considered the glass button capital of the world.
The button was manufactured by the B. Schwanda Button Company, which operated from 1894 to 1969 and was admired worldwide for its exceptional ocean pearl and hand-molded glass buttons.
In this piece:
Mint green glass button made by the B. Schwanda Button Company in West Germany, circa 1950-1960
Pronged brass setting with 4 brass filigree stampings, all made today in the USA in vintage dies