Birds of a feather flock together on this charming necklace. It flaunts five exceptional and rare Victorian-era picture buttons with lovely bird motifs.
After flowers, birds are the most popular motif depicted on Victorian-era buttons. In the 19th century, the Industrial Revolution triggered mass migration from the country to the city, causing people to fetishize nature. Unsurprisingly, birds, therefore, became a popular motif on Victorian-era buttons.
We find the variety and detail of bird patterns pictured on buttons manufactured in this era astonishing. Over the years, we've collected Victorian buttons featuring swallows, parrots, owls, roosters, hummingbirds, eagles, doves, crows, swans, herons, cranes, quail, pheasants, and even ostriches.
Read more: The Feathered Victorian Obsession, Buttonology Blog.
The birds you'll discover in this flighty necklace include an Asian-inspired crane in a nest, a swallow with a cherub, four birds in a bird bath, and two pigeons.
In this piece:
- Four small and one medium brass picture buttons depicting birds, circa 1880-1890
- Tiny stamped and tinted brass button at the end of the extender chain
- Hand-wrapped freshwater pearls
- Antiqued brass chain
- Length is 18” with a 4” extender
Shop Collection: Limited Edition