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Buttons by A & G Meredith. Soft back, 40 pages, Illustrated Colour, 15cm x 21cm.

Buttons by A & G Meredith. Soft back, 40 pages, Illustrated Colour, 15cm x 21cm.

Introducing an array of intricate buttons, this does not include military or civilian uniform types.


  • Dating buttons
  • Button history
  • Materials - Metals
  • Materials - Metals: decoration & finishes
  • Materials - Non metals
  • Collecting & displaying
  • Further reading


On the back cover:

Buttons have been made from almost every known material and by every manufacturing technique. Their study provides insight into fashion trends, the clothing industry and social history in general. This book introduces the wonderful array of these treasures from the past, to show the variety of materials and the intricate design and workmanship incorporated in the making of the humble button. Military and civilian uniform buttons are not included. Buttons can be found amongst small items of silver or jewellery on antique stalls. The discerning eye can also spot interesting examples at boot fairs or charity shops. Collecting buttons can therefore be a hobby for everyone, however much or little they have to spend. Alan and Gillian Meredith have been button collectors for over thirty years, undertaking much original research and writing articles for leading antiques magazines, as well as appearing in television and radio. They owned and ran the first and only button museum in Great Britain, creating a focus for those interested in the history, design and manufacture of buttons, as well as introducing a fascinating subject to the general public.

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