These whimsical earrings are set with two lovely brass-rimmed antique picture buttons depicting the sprite Ariel from Shakespeare’s The Tempest rendered in pewter.
Motifs on Victorian-era picture buttons were lifted from every possible source, including contemporary illustrations, photographs, advertising, and popular plays.
The most popular Victorian-era theater-themed picture buttons were, of course, inspired by Shakespeare's plays.
Read more: Once Upon a Time - Victorian-Era Picture Buttons, Buttonology Blog.
These unique buttons are known as Paris Backs. This is a term collectors use to describe two-part brass buttons with the word Paris and the manufacturer's name stamped on the back. They are marked A.P. et C., which stands for Albert Parent and Company, a famous French button manufacturer in the late 1890s.
In this piece:
- Brass picture buttons depicting The Fox and the Stork, back marked A.P. et C., Paris, circa 1880-1890
- Brass-plated pewter settings cast today in the USA
- Brass stampings made today in the USA in vintage dies
- Nickel-free and lead-free brass lever-back ear wires
- Length is 1 ¾”
Shop Collection: Limited Edition