Thread White Covered Wire Buttons


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Crosswheel buttons were used on underclothes and waistcoats from the 18th to early 19th century. Most likely called “wire buttons” during the 18th & early 19th they are covered with white 35/2 linen thread. You can make your own with instructions found in The Lady’s Guide to Plain Sewing Book II. These wire buttons were used specifically on the collar of men’s shirts & on men’s waistcoats as this trade card dated 1757-1758 includes “Sells all sorts of . . .  shirt & waistcoat, fine mould & wire buttons” which is at The Lewis Walpole Library. Besides this, wire buttons may be used anywhere a small cloth or thread covered button is required. These are on solid brass rings & have a 1/2″ (12 mm) diameter which are seen on many extant waistcoats & some shirts from the 18th & early 19th centuries.

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