Tullahoma Art Center- April 21
One day only- Saturday, April 21, 10:00am – 4:00pm.
To Be Seen
Historical buttons and related clothing fashion of the same period
Buttons possible as early as the late 1700’s to the present
Mid 1800’s wedding attire
Early Children’s clothing and buttons
Mourning clothing and buttons
Antique buttons-made before WWI or 1918
Vintage Buttons- made after WWI or 1919 to 1980
Modern Buttons-made from 1980 to the present
Types of Buttons According to Use
Uniform; livery; bridle rosette; work or overall; pant, trouser or suspender; panty waist, rouge button
Button Designed for Famous People
Johnny Carson, Arnold Palmer, Kenny Rodgers
Studio Buttons are Made and signed on the back by artisan
Old Mental Pictures Buttons May Have: scenes, people including famous people- Napoleon, Jenny Lind, the Czar of Russia, various buildings, flowers, plants, animals, birds, and objects.
Carton are often colorful. Realistic button of different material are shaped like the items they imitate.
Prior to the coming of buttons, clothing items were held together by thorns, sashes, pins, buckles, strings or girdles. Buttons came into being about thirteenth century. At first, they were used only for decorative purposes. They were made of gold, silver and very fine jewels or pictures painted on them by talented artists. They were very expensive and worn only by the royalty or nobility who could afford them.
When buttons became to be used as clothing fasteners they also become a class distinguishment. Only the wealthy could strut around flaunting their gold, silver, and bejeweled buttons. While the poor folks had to be content wearing their buttons made of bone.
Various Materials Of Which Buttons Are Made: glass- black glass, clear and transparent glass, opaque glass; Ceramic, porcelain, China, clay, Jasperware, mother of pearl and shells; various metals, wood, vegetable ivory (a nut from a tree in the rain-forest that is very like wood); leather and coconut.
Among the rate materials are ivory, pine needles, seeds, bimini glass from England, cinnabar, tortoiseshell. The rarest material to be found in this exhibit will be the eye of a pig which was in Tennessee.
Modern buttons are mostly made of plastic. Many are made of plastic to imitate other materials. Currently Colt buttons are very popular plastic buttons.