Beads and buttons, both fancy and plain, provide a glimpse of how rural folk dressed near the turn of the century. The two black glass buttons on second row at left have ornate molded designs and may have come from Victorian period mourning style dresses of the late 1800s. At the far right of the same row are transfer-printed ceramic buttons with black and green calico designs; these were made from the 1840s to about 1900. Other buttons range from a tiny mother-of-pearl button used for infant's clothing to metal buttons from men's overalls.
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