A stylized trio of swallows glides across each of the two antique brass picture buttons chosen for these charming earrings.
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 countryside to the city, causing people to fetishize nature. We find the variety of birds pictured on buttons manufactured during this era astonishing.
Read more: The Feathered Victorian Obsession, Buttonology Blog.
In this piece:
- Brass buttons of three flying swallows, circa 1880-90
- Brass-plated pewter settings cast in the USA
- Nickel-free and lead-free brass lever-back ear wires
- Length 1 ¾”
Shop Collection: Limited Edition