Box with a set of buttons, Anonymous, c. 1800 - c. 1820

Box with a set of buttons, Anonymous, c. 1800 - c. 1820

l 24.0cm × w 15.0cm × d 2.1cm. More details

Men often had a set of matching buttons: large ones for a coat, small ones for a waistcoat. In the early 19th century Europe was gripped by the Napoleonic wars. Citizens had to hand over their gold and silver – jewellery included – to finance them. Out of necessity, steel became a popular material for jewels and buttons. It could be polished to a high shine.

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