Pinwheel Sleeve Buttons


Made in the USA

Sleeve buttons were used on the sleeves of men’s shirts and armband of women’s shifts and are often confused with cuff links which is a late 19th century term. People of all classes of society wore them; they were also issued to soldiers of many military regiments including the 17th of Foot in 1776 and the 42nd Royal Highland Regiment in 1778. In this 1754 painting Joseph Mann of Boston by John Singleton Copley wears sleeve buttons. For example in The Proceedings of the Old Bailey, London of 1744 two women “were indicted for stealing . . .  four pair of sleeve-buttons, 3 s.”

These half inch pinwheel sleeve buttons are copied from an original in the Wm. Booth collection and has a European provenance. They are made of the highest quality pewter. 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 a figure-eight attachment. The picture includes both front and back to show the oval brass attachment.

949 in stock

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