The three antique Victorian-era picture buttons showcased in this show- stopping bracelet celebrate musical theater, both operas and pantomimes.
The first and third buttons are exquisitely detailed antique buttons depicting Verdi's Rigoletto, the hunch-backed jester in his Italian opera from 1851. The middle button portrays characters from a French pantomime, Scaramouche and Columbine, performing in front of a curtain.
Motifs for Victorian-era picture buttons were taken from every possible source, including contemporary illustrations, photographs, and advertising. Their subject matter reflects the divergent obsessions of affluent Victorians.