We have named this bracelet Feuille de Lierre, which is French for ivy leaf, in recognition of the delicate pierced and tinted brass ivy leaf border depicted on the collectible celluloid button in its center. This beautiful ivy ring surrounds an embossed celluloid background with a stamped brass insert.
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 popular choice for other everyday items, including toys, knitting needles, cutlery handles, collar cuffs, jewelry, and buttons.
Read more: Celluloid, When Plastic was Fantastic, Buttonology Blog.
In this piece, from the chain end:
- Tiny antique shoe button, circa 1900
- Large button with celluloid background, brass flower insert, and openwork brass border, circa 1880-1900
- Two brass filigree leaf stampings made today in the USA in vintage dies
- Brass chain with gray enamel
- Length 7” to 8 ½”
Shop Collection: Limited Edition