Buttons and Fasteners; 500BC-AD1840

Buttons and Fasteners; 500BC-AD1840


Bailey, Gordon.


Buttons are now part of our daily lives, but few people realise they have a history stretching back over 2,500 years with buttons being used in the late Bronze Age and the Celts using bronze cloak toggles even before the Roman Invasion of Britain in AD 43. Containing over 1,000 high quality colour photographs, this book allows the identification and dating of metal buttons through many periods of history. Many of the buttons covered are excavated examples, and quite a number are rare and previously unrecorded varieties.

Further details:

  • Softcover: 113 pages
  • Language: English
  • Illustrations: Colour/Black & White
  • ISBN-13: 9781897738214
  • Product Dimensions: 25.0 x 19.0 x 0.7 cm

Staff Comments:

One of the Greenlight press identification series for Buttons (bronze to early 19th Century); Fasteners (bronze and iron age); Toggles (Saxon, Viking and Tudor) and somewhat curiously, Ring brooches (13th and 14th Century). Quality colour photographs of extant pieces with scale bars, materials description and brief introduction as to probable uses and context of the pieces.
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