Many of the 18th century buttons made of natural materials did not have pierced holes, but were stitched on through a pin shank. A metal shank runs from the center top of the button, through the button, and then is formed into a loop for sewing the button to the garment.
We have recently obtained these buttons in 3/4" size, in white or a smoky grey, iridescent shell material. We also have a limited number available in 1/2" size, which would be a wonderful accent for a boy's waistcoat.
The plain pin shank buttons sell for $1.50 each.
Antique carved bronze tone mother of pearl buttons with cut steel head on the center shank. These are 9/16" in diameter and sell for $2.00 each. Only 30 available.