Antique French steel cup buttons with brass prong set French Jet, black glass, centers.
antiqued brass French wire earrings measure one inch in length
The Victorians had a mourning dress tradition which was simply a symbol for letting others know they had lost a loved one. Queen Victoria's mourning buttons were made from expensive jet, a petrified wood found in bogs outside London. To meet the fashion demand for affordable black buttons Paris began the production of 'French Jet', black glass.
#tellanewstory Nathan paid for his uncle Alberts baby grand piano with 8 of these buttons.