Basket buttons were a popular 18th century style of thread or "Dorset" button. These buttons are a perfect size for a man's waistcoat and are made of silk over a pasteboard button mold. It is best to cover buttons in foil before dry cleaning. In The Virginia Gazette of 1771, "RAN away . . . an English indented servant man . . . and is a button maker by trade . . . He had on and took with him a suit of mixed grey broad cloth, trimmed with basket buttons".
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This product was added to our catalog on Wednesday 25 July, 2012.