History of Mother of Pearl Buttons

Photo by Lynnaddison

I can’t say I’ve met a Mother of Pearl Button that I didn’t love.  Something about them just makes me hoard them, cherish them and search for more.  I am sure that some of you know EXACTLY what I’m talking about.

Image courtesy of the Muscatine History and Industry Center

I came across this Etsy article on the subject of the History of Mother of Pearl Buttons.  Now I’d have to say my addiction is even stronger.  I loved learning about how they were made, about the people who made them, and of the art of a bygone era.  It makes me linger as I run my finger over their smooth surfaces and contemplate how I will use them next.


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One thought on “History of Mother of Pearl Buttons

  1. Erin Prais-Hintz says:

    Our little town on the Wisconsin River was once a hot bed of buttons like this. I found that out by reading a placard along a hiking trail on the river. Very cool! I have always loved the soft shimmering colors of these tiny little workhorses! Something so pretty made into something so useful! Enjoy the day! Erin

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