were designed and manufactured in the States in the
early 1800's, incorporating fabric as part of their
design - usually velvet. The ladies of the day wore
these buttons on their dresses, putting their fragrance
on them rather than running the risk of staining their
story goes that during the Civil War the ladies would
take a perfumed button off their dress and give it to
their loved one, sending him into war with a romantic
memento. Many stories are told of soldiers who died
with a button in his pocket or stories that recount
how this memento kept them alive during those stressful
Buttons were also used earlier in history in France
antique fabric back PERFUME button bird
perfume button measures 1 1/8", and is
in excellent condition. The fabric back is designed
to have perfume dabbed on it by a dainty Victorian
Size: 1 1/8"
Excellent & rare antique French
perfume button 13/16"
antique French perfume button is unusual for it's
larger size, a full 13/16". It is in excellent
condition with no wear on the velvet flower. The
button is unmarked.
ANTIQUE PERFUME BUTTON
and scarce Antique Victorian PERFUME button.
The brass ROSE and rose bud are set in a green
velvet background. The detail is very fine
with high relief. It measures 1 1/16"
and is in very good condition.
Antique Perfume Button
delight measures just under 1/2" and it
is in great condition.
Fly Insect Perfume Button
Beautiful antique perfume
button with a brass fly. I think the metal might
be pewter. The velvet background has a brass inset
of an insect - fly. It is in good condition. It
measures 10/16". This is an OLD one. Fly
Lore, Meanings and Superstition.
SET OF 6 FAB SMALL VELVET IN METAL
FIND SET OF 6 SMALL VELVET IN METAL PERFUME
BUTTONS. THEY ARE SO NICE! THE RIMS ARE SHINIER
THAN THEY PICTURED. THEY ARE SLIGHTLY CUPPED.
THE VELVET CENTERS ARE RAISED. THEY MEASURE
9/16 INCHES ACROSS. FROM THE LOOKS OF THE JAPANNED
BCKS AND THE METAL SHANKS THEY WERE USED VERY
LITTLE. THERE IS A BUTTON THAT HAS A SMALL AREA
OF GREENING ON ONE EDGE OF THE RIM. IT IS THE
CENTER BUTTON IN THE FRONT ROW. I DID NOT ATTEMPT
TO CLEAN IT.
Perfume Buttons have the loveliest story. Made in the
mid-1800's, they have an underlay of velvet fabric with
a pierced, ornate brass overlay. The perfumes of the
Victorian Era were oil based, and when used on the skin,
would soil the women's' clothing. These buttons were
designed so women could dab their perfume on the velvet
of the button, thus, protecting their clothing and carrying
the scent for a long time. Keep reading…you will
love this. During the Civil War, women would give such
a button, scented with their perfume, to a husband or
lover going off to war. He would stitch it under his
uniform collar as a reminder of the love he left behind.