Brass Plain Sleeve Buttons
Made in the USA
Sleeve buttons were used on the sleeves of men’s shirts and women’s shifts from the early 18th to the early 19th century. Cuff links are often confused with sleeve buttons but are structurally different. Sleeve buttons have been found in such numbers at archaeological sites from Ft. Michilimackinac, Michigan to Williamsburg, Virginia people of all economic standing wore sleeve buttons. In this 1754 painting Joseph Mann of Boston by John Singleton Copley wears what appear to be plain brass sleeve buttons. Sleeve buttons were issued to soldiers of many military regiments including the 17th of Foot in 1776 and the 42nd Royal Highland Regiment in 1778. These buttons are made of excellent quality 1/2″ domed buttons and are available in brass and German silver. For example in 1776 in Shrewsbury, New Jersey there was “Stolen from a store . . . two or three hundred pair of brass sleeve buttons, New England make”.
The picture shows the button front and reverse to illustrate the oval or figure-eight attachment. We sell these buttons by the set which includes enough buttons for one shirt. In other words two pairs of buttons each pair connected by an attachment.
941 in stock