The Regency Wardrobe collection - research - Buttons
The Regency era was the last period in which buttons were hand-made. From 1850 machine-made buttons took over, coming from factories in the developing industries of Birmingham and other growing cities.
These two images show beautiful detailing including wonderful Regency era buttons from garments sold by https://kerrytaylorauctions.com/
Ice-blue figured silk pelisse robe circa 1820
Often ornate and beautiful Regency buttons were produced in many different styles using a wide variety including:
"A Dorset button is a style of craft-made button originating in the English county of Dorset. Their manufacture was at a peak between 1622 and 1850." - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dorset_button
For excellent tutorials on how to make a dorset buttons please see:
Death's Head Buttons:
"...Death’s Head Buttons, a lovely kind of thread-covered buttons that can be seen on clothes through the 18th and into the 19th century. They mostly appear on menswear..."
Button on a man's Regency shirt from The Worthing Museum collection
For more about these beautiful examples on a shirt I saw in the Worthing museum store please see: https://stephaniesmart.wixsite.com/thehiddenwardrobe/blog-1/worthing-museum-fashion-collection-shirts
Button on a muslin day dress 1800-1810
Spencer 1818-1820 Chertsey museum
For more images of this Spencer jacket please see:
Paper and metal
I think these are beautiful and so relevent to the work I will be doing reflecting the art of paper cut silhouettes.
I find it interesting that these buttons show us examples of the fashion of the time. There's nothing written about them on the Met site (please see: https://www.metmuseum.org/art/collection/search/114386?searchField=All&sortBy=relevance&when=A.D.+1800-1900&what=Buttons&ft=button&offset=20&rpp=20&pos=23) but I wonder if they are miniatures and portraits
Given the craze for all things classical not least as regards fashion and the empire line dress it's not surprising to find buttons reflecting this. For more details please see:
Metal, ivory, glass, rubies, diamonds
Paste and metal
1820 probably European
For more images of Regency buttons please see: https://janeaustensworld.wordpress.com/tag/georgian-era-buttons/
Even buttonholes in the Regency could be beautiful:
This research was done as part of the process of designing and making The Regency Wardrobe collection.
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