Picture buttons were all the rage between 1870-1900. They were thought of more as a statement than a way to close your clothes! Scenes from the most popular stories, fables, theater and mythology were reproduced on buttons. These buttons became wonderful conversation starters as the wearer was letting you know their likes and interests without saying a word.....another example of Victorian silent language!
Puck Sprite from Shakespeare's Midsummer Night's Dream
Fanny Davenport with parasol and apple-named for English actress active 1870-1898
The Little Charmer
The Trumpeter of Sackingen