Documentation

Many buttons can be found in 18th century artwork and clothing collections.
Some examples:

Death Head buttons:
                        http://collections.vam.ac.uk/objectid/O127158
                        http://collections.vam.ac.uk/objectid/O115762 (Ladies' riding jacket)
                        http://www.mfa.org/collections/ (Copley portraits 03.1033, 10.34, 31.211)
                        http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/collections/madison_papers/mjmtime2.html   (James Madison by 
                                                                                                                         Chas. Willson Peale - scroll down & enlarge)
                        http://ritratti.wordpress.com/category/madison-james/  (James Madison by Gilbert Stuart )

                        Breeches belonging to George Washington, Mt. Vernon Ladies Assn. collection 
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                        Small buttons used to hold up Polonaise gown loops, and also on a Man's Banyan,
                         APVA/Mary Doering 2009 exhibition at Scotchtown, Beaverdam, VA  
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Compere  (ladies' gowns with buttons on front):
                        http://www.metmuseum.org/Works_of_Art/collection_database/  (item 1978.85.1)
                                                                                               (Kyoto Costume Institute linen chintz day gown)

Brunswick/Pet en l'air  with buttons (ladies' travel jacket):
                       http://collections.vam.ac.uk/item/O115756/brunswick-pet-en/

Some books about 18th Century buttons:

Bright, Mervyn. Buttony: the Dorset Heritage. Lytchett Minster, Dorset (UK): The Old Button Shop, 1971.
Chappell, Marian. "Dorset Buttons,"  The Countryman Cottage Life Book. Trowbridge (UK):David & Charles, 1974.
Fuss, Norman. "Death Head" Buttons: Their Use and Construction. Williamsburg, VA: Burnley & Trowbridge, 2005.
Johns, Thelma. Dorset Buttons: Handstitched in Dorset for Over 300 Years. UK: Natula Publications, 2012.
Nehring, Nancy. 50 Heirloom Buttons to Make. Newtown, Conn.: Taunton Press, 1996.

These are but a few of the items we have found while doing button research. In addition to the above, we have a research file of examples we have located in both art and clothing collections. Please contact us at Buttonworks1@gmail.com if you want more information on the history and usage of any particular style of button available.
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