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"Death Head" buttons, their use and construction


by Norman H. Fuss

A Treatise on how thread wrapped buttons known as "Death Head" were made and used in 18th Century Clothing.

Mr. Fuss has written a book that has clear and concise instructions and easy to follow photographs showing the process to make a thread covered button. Not just an instruction book, the history of the button along with many photographs of extant clothing is included.

This book is a must for the construction of well-made civilian clothing. "They appear to have been used primarily on less formal attire intended for business and informal social wear rather than formal or court attire" according to Mr. Fuss. He adds that there is some evidence that their use may extend down to the lower sort as well. With the directions in this book and wood button blanks you can make your own death head buttons.

Mr. Fuss taught me how to make death head buttons and I put them on Fred's coat, they certainly add that extra pizzazz!

Softcover 23 pages

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This product was added to our catalog on Monday 07 May, 2007.

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