Alameda, California (EastBayDaily) — So many buttons, you have to see them to believe. Pauline’s Antiques is offering 30% off its huge selection of buttons. They have a very large selection of buttons of different shapes, sizes, styles and materials.
“We have so many different types of buttons. Our button of choice is the ‘Mother of Pearl’,” said Michelle Kelley of Pauline’s Antiques. “If you have seen them then you know how beautiful they can be. They range in size from over 2” to tiny, tiny. They come in a wide variety of shapes, including square, round, triangle, oval, octagon, diamond, rectangle and figural.”
These buttons, like any item that has a Mother of Pearl finish, are very eye catching. Mother of Pearl buttons have been around for centuries and were very popular in the late 19th century during the Victorian Era where entire towns and communities made buttons as their main industry. Here in the United States, Muscatin, Iowa was considering the button capital of the world until the market closed down as a result of introduction of the plastic button. The buttons were carved from the inner lining of many different type of shells, including cowrie shell, green snail, shaded pearl, trochus shell, and the pin shanked abalone.
Many of the buttons have scrimshaw and beautiful detail of wonderful fancy pictures on them. During the Edwardian-era, buttons were engraved and lightly glided with a different colored Mother of Pearl finish on top. Different shades and carvings offered a unique contrast. Examples include dyed brass engraved buttons with a Mother of Pearl center. During the Art Nouveau time period brass border buttons were prevalent and featured a central theme with a Mother of Pearl back to provide contrast.
When it comes to scouring for unique antique collectables like these Mother of Pearl buttons, Pauline’s Antiques is the perfect place. Serving its Alameda clientele for more than 50 years, they specialize in exceptional customer service, unique collections and reasonable pricing. There are several California button clubs that accept new members and have exhibits for collectors. Two of these clubs can be viewed at these sites http://www.cabuttonsociety.org and http://www.nationalbuttonsociety.org. There is also a button convention in San Mateo in May 2012 with 26 dealers selling buttons.
For more information on Pauline’s Antique’s products and services, call 510-523-9941 or visit them at 1427 Park St., Alameda CA 94501.
About Pauline’s Antiques Pauline’s Antiques provides the finest antiques in Alameda. They can provide the following services: appraisals, consignment, estate purchases, estate sales and prop rentals. They are open from Tuesday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 4 p.m.