Help Identifying Porcelain? Button

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  1. jqalverson

    jqalverson Registered Guest

    Hi everyone! I found this button in the dirt while looking around our yard. I would love to know if there is anyway to determine what era it is from. It seems to be porcelain, but I am no expert. I've been trying to research the history of our land but haven't had much luck on anything really old. Does anyone know anything about buttons like this? 20190310_145315.jpg 20190310_145352.jpg
     

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  2. Rue_de_la_Paix

    Rue_de_la_Paix Trade Member

    What a little charming thing! What size is your button? I wonder if it once was painted and the paint has worn off over time.
     
  3. Retro Ruth

    Retro Ruth Administrator Staff Member

    I wonder if it's a natural substance like shell, or bone, or ivory? Or even an early plastic. Porcelain is brittle and would break and chip, whereas this looks like it's worn down. It was perhaps made by carving, as a shell button would be.
     
  4. jqalverson

    jqalverson Registered Guest

    Thanks for the responses! I'm not 100% sure on the material but it is shiny in places like it was glazed or polished and other places have worn down and are not glossy. The button measures roughly 1/4" x 1/4" x 3/8"(deep). Could it be made of some sort of stone or marble?
     
  5. Retro Ruth

    Retro Ruth Administrator Staff Member

    Ive never heard of stone buttons but I suppose it's possible. Stone would be relatively cold to the touch.
     
  6. jqalverson

    jqalverson Registered Guest

    I took some more pictures hoping to capture more detail. Some with and without flash. I haven't cleaned it VERY well so you can see mud in the fasten hole.
     

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