This necklace shows off three rare, mid-century, West German opaque pierced glass daisy buttons.
German glassmakers, like their Czech counterparts, are renowned for their exceptional skills that have evolved over centuries.
German glassmaking is rooted in Northern Bavaria. When Czechoslovakia became a Soviet satellite after WWII, the resident German glassmakers fled and set up workshops in their new West German communities. They built a thriving glass button industry, and by 1950 West Germany was considered the glass button capital of the world.
Pressing these daisy buttons, with their fanciful pierced elements, was exceptionally difficult, making these tiny flowers proud emblems of mid-century West German glass artistry.
We found this stash of mid-century German glass buttons last year at a closing sale of an 86-year-old Five and Dime store in Rayne, Louisiana. It was one of our best-ever button-hunting finds, and the pieces we made with it quickly sold out.