5/8″ Grey Silk Astral Death Head Buttons


Made in the USA


Death head buttons were used on men’s coats & waistcoats throughout the 18th & into the early 19th century. The astral variation has 6 instead of the traditional 4 points & appear to be more common in the 1780s & later. They were used on everyday business attire not for best dress. These death head buttons are a good size for a waistcoat & hand made on a wood blank of silk thread.

We do not know where the name came from. There are many theories. Read about them & learn to make your own with “Death Head” buttons their use and construction. In The Virginia Gazette of 1774, “RUN away . . .  a Scotchman . . .  He had on . . .  a Newmarket coat of light bath coating, not bound, but stitched on the edges, with death head buttons on it”.

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