This adorable and whimsical necklace showcases a large Victorian-era picture button depicting Froggy pulling a rickshaw set in a white metal frame.
Froggy, a character from a nursery rhyme from the early seventeenth century, tells the story of Mr. Frog, who goes to court Miss Mousey in the company of Rat, though against his mother’s warning.
A surprising number of Victorian-era picture buttons on adult ladies’ gowns feature images of playing children, nursery rhymes, and fairytale motifs. These buttons were indicative of changing societal definitions of childhood.
In the 18th century, children were commonly treated like miniature adults who were expected to endure adult hardships and responsibilities. Modern concepts of carefree and innocent childhoods came into vogue alongside picture buttons in the late 19th century.