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Buttons (USA), 19th century

This is a Buttons. It is dated 19th century and we acquired it in 1938. Its medium is cut and drilled horn. It is a part of the Product Design and Decorative Arts department.


Horn buttons include both highly decorative forms and plain examples such as these. Simple buttons were created by cutting the tips of horns which were then carved, sliced, turned and polished. The results of this process are opaque discs with a concentric grain.

This object was donated by Mrs. Norvin Hewitt Green and Norvin Hewitt Green. It is credited Gift of Norvin Hewitt Green.

Its dimensions are

H x diam.: (each) 0.3 × 3 cm (1/8 × 1 3/16 in.)

Cite this object as

Buttons (USA), 19th century; cut and drilled horn; H x diam.: (each) 0.3 × 3 cm (1/8 × 1 3/16 in.); Gift of Norvin Hewitt Green; 1938-58-1293-a,b

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