Saturday, September 5, 2009

Dueling Dragons with Cut Steels: Antique Picture Buttons

with Cut Steel Body
Two Piece
Tinted Brass
Japanned Back
NBS Small, 11/16"

Dragon with Cut Steels
One Piece
Tinted Brass
NBS Small, 11/16"

Dueling Dragons with Cut Steels

Dueling Dragons - Backs

These buttons are great examples of the art of button construction and design. They both depict dragons (AKA fabulous creatures) with cut steels. The dragon with a cut steel body is made in three main parts with a front, a back, and a rim. He is a depiction of a cockatrice (without his legs or rooster comb). The second dragon is a one piece stamped brass button with four riveted and faceted cut steels. The term "fabulous creature" applies to all dragon or dragon-like creatures depicted on buttons. When placed together, the two creatures appear to be in opposition. I'm fascinated by the exceptional detail on buttons that are just shy of 3/4".

Image and Text © 2009 Anne AKA Once Upon A Button

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