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    Little Button

    Hey everyone, I find these little guys from time to time. They show up at old timey sites but look plastic. Anyone know what they're made of...or what they buttoned?
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    In 1840, milk glass buttons, simple utilitarian two to four hole sew through styles of opaque white pressed glass, began to replace brass and gilt buttons in men's wear.
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    Quote Originally Posted by fyrffytr1 View Post
    In 1840, milk glass buttons, simple utilitarian two to four hole sew through styles of opaque white pressed glass, began to replace brass and gilt buttons in men's wear.
    That's awesome info!! You are the button king!! Thanks!
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    I knew they always come from sites that predate plastic.
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    Nice milk glass button! These were mostly used to button henways back in the 1800's.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Full Metal Digger View Post
    Nice milk glass button! These were mostly used to button henways back in the 1800's.
    Wow, no wonder I always find them at sites where i've also dug henways. Thanks!
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    I think porcelain buttons were early 1800's as well. But you would never find them on a henway.
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    yes porcelain and "milk glass" buttons date much older than the late Georgian period
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    I've had those on shirts as well as underware when I was a CW Re-enactor.
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