|Happy Bunny on Labradorite Chain - 1850's Your Daily Jewels|
|Invicta -" Undefeatable" - estim. 1790.|
Sometime in the 13th century the idea of a buttonhole and button was conceived.
A “livery” is an insignia, symbol, or uniform button worn by one who provided service to a noble or aristocrat to represent their relationship to their employer.
|Initial Pendants are Made from Wax Seal Stamps and Livery Buttons at Your Daily Jewels|
|Notre Dame - Early 1800's - Made to Order at Your Daily Jewels|
The fashion for livery buttons started among the upper classes in the mid-eighteenth century, and lasted as an accepted practice into the Edwardian era of the early twentieth century.
After the first World War, new income tax and changing social and economic conditions quietly put an end to the era of the livered servant among the wealthy upper class.
Beyond the prevalent use of Latin, there is a whole cryptic language and symbolism to livery buttons, heraldry, and crests & shields. I am having fun learning the meaning behind many of them.
For fascinating history you can read The Big Book of Buttons by Hughs & Lester, http://www.ukdfd.co.uk, and Fairbairns Book of Crests, London : T. C. & E. C. Jack. I will be more sharing as I learn.
|Scottish, Cuff button|
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|Spero Melior - Hope for Better Things - 1832|