Star Type 1 Buttons
Throughout the 18th and early 19th centuries there were many types of thread buttons available. Star buttons were less common than death head or basket but are found on some original garments. Our 1/2 inch (13 mm) 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 Proceedings of the Old Bailey, London in 1789 a criminal was identified when the accuser said “This is the coat I saw the prisoner with; I am looking at the stars on the buttons, it was a new coat and very pretty buttons”.
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