This mid-century modern styled necklace showcases a vintage Czech milk glass button stunning in its retro simplicity.
The design is anchored by a vintage glass tie bar featuring a feather etched in gold luster that was manufactured in the period after WWII in West Germany. These pieces are beautifully tied together by an ornate glass filigree stamping made today with vintage dies.
Northern European glass buttons are the most appealing and collectible of 20th-century buttons.
Czech and German glass artisans honed their skills for centuries, and then in the early 18th century, they were the first to start pressing hot glass into molds. By the early 20th century, they’d mastered their craft and exported exquisitely detailed glass buttons worldwide.
The button and tie bar were hand-pressed in antique molds and manufactured using centuries-old processes. And they both testify to the enduring talents of European glass artisans, including the few still working today.
This necklace features a sliding clasp that allows it to be worn short as a choker or up to 32” long.
In this piece:
Milk glass button with an iridescent luster, made in Czechoslovakia, circa 1950 or 1960s
White glass tie bar with gold luster feather, made in West Germany in the 1950s or 1960s
Two brass stampings made today in the USA in vintage dies
Brass-plated pewter setting cast today in the USA
Antiqued brass chain
A sliding clasp allows the necklace to be worn at any length, from 16” choker to 32” pendant