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Bone Buttons

History of Bone Buttons

Bone is one of the earliest known materials used for making buttons – some claim that bone buttons first were used for fastening garments in 12th century France. In the 14th century, bone buttons were made by French bead-makers. Many early bone buttons were cut on a lathe and fitted with metal shanks; others were drilled with two, three or four holes and many of these were polished. Sew-through bone buttons were common in America starting mid-18th century and unlike many metal buttons produced at this time the bone buttons were much more functional and typically used to fasten the waist of trousers. By the 19th century, bone buttons were made throughout the British Isles. Carved or inlaid bone buttons were produced in the second half of the 19th century in factories, and were intended for fancy outerwear.

Bone Button Designs

Some of the pieces in our collection are also inspired by Ethnic style, hand-crafted and superbly finished these buttons have character and beauty with their simple yet effective patterns. These exquisite and sometimes dainty looking buttons can be a statement piece on any garment. From scrimshaw inspired to floral representations to nautical themes our collection is filled with one of a kind bone pieces that will excite and re-ignite your wardrobe.
  • Make a statement
  • Superb finishes
  • Traditional and stylish
  • Anchor with Rope Rimless Button - Button Avenue - 1

    Button Avenue

    Anchor with Rope Rimless Button

    $ 9.00 Per Pair

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    Button Avenue

    Anchor with Rope Rimless Button

    $ 9.00 Per Pair

    Flat, rimless button with etched anchor design complete with small rope. Update your favorite coat or sweater with this button.

    Comes in set of two.

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  • Bone Anemone Button - Button Avenue

    16mm

    Bone Anemone Button

    $ 9.00 Per Pair

    16mm

    Bone Anemone Button

    $ 9.00 Per Pair

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    16mm

    Bone Anemone Button

    $ 9.00 Per Pair

    This metallic pewter colored carved flower is a great piece for spring or fall wear. Carved by hand these bone buttons are each unique and will add style to any sweater they are sewn onto. 

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  • Bone Daffodil - Button Avenue

    12mm

    Bone Daffodil

    $ 10.50 Per Pair

    12mm

    Bone Daffodil

    $ 10.50 Per Pair

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    12mm

    Bone Daffodil

    $ 10.50 Per Pair

    Bone shank with stunning floral hand carving. These bone buttons are perfect sewn onto a light cardigan.

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  • Bone Feather Embellishment - Button Avenue

    48x13mm

    Bone Feather Embellishment

    $ 21.00 Per Pair

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    48x13mm

    Bone Feather Embellishment

    $ 21.00 Per Pair

    Each bone feather is intricately carved by hand with beautiful detailed texture that can only be accomplished by artisanal methods. A perfect embellishment for a handbag or jacket. This one of a kind statement piece is approximately two inches in length and can even be added as a charm to a favorite necklace. 

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  • Bone Flower Shirting Button - Button Avenue - 1

    Button Avenue

    Bone Flower Shirting Button

    $ 9.25 Per Pair

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    Button Avenue

    Bone Flower Shirting Button

    $ 9.25 Per Pair

    Small two-hole thin flower produced in bone. These hand-carved clothing buttons add a subtle floral touch to any garment.

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  • Bone Majorette Shank - Button Avenue

    12.5mm

    Bone Majorette Shank

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    12.5mm

    Bone Majorette Shank

    $ 9.50 Per Pair

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    Majorette inspired shank carved by hand. These bone buttons are completed with a small metal ring shank and are perfect for a jacket or sweater. 

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  • Bone Rosette Button Set - Button Avenue

    10mm

    Bone Rosette Button Set

    $ 15.00 Per Pair

    10mm

    Bone Rosette Button Set

    $ 15.00 Per Pair

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    10mm

    Bone Rosette Button Set

    $ 15.00 Per Pair

    Beautifully hand-crafted bone rosette shank with intricate detail. These bone buttons are perfect for a blouse, the back of a vintage dress, or any cuffs.

    Comes in set of two.

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  • Bone Scrimshaw Button - Button Avenue

    18mm

    Bone Scrimshaw Button

    $ 11.00 Per Pair

    18mm

    Bone Scrimshaw Button

    $ 11.00 Per Pair

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    18mm

    Bone Scrimshaw Button

    $ 11.00 Per Pair

    Inspired by scrimshaw handicraft from the late 1800's. This rolled rim bone button has a carved ship design that is stunning. The making of scrimshaw began on whaling ships between 1745 and 1759 on the Pacific Ocean and this form of art has survived as a hobby for many artisans around the world.

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  • Bone Shirting Button with Hand-Etched Lines - Button Avenue

    13mm

    Bone Shirting Button with Hand-Etched Lines

    $ 7.50 Per Pair

    Small, classic shirting button hand-carved from bone and finished with simple lined detail. These shirt buttons are great for all wardrobes.

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  • Bone Star Inlaid in Horn Shank - Button Avenue

    Button Avenue

    Bone Star Inlaid in Horn Shank

    $ 14.00 Per Pair

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    Button Avenue

    Bone Star Inlaid in Horn Shank

    $ 14.00 Per Pair

    Extra chunky horn shank with a bone star inlaid into the face of the piece. Inlaid bone buttons were intended for fancy outerwear in the second half of the 19th century. These shanks are perfect for your favorite cozy sweater or thick coat.

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  • Bone Whimsy Flower Set - Button Avenue

    23mm

    Bone Whimsy Flower Set

    $ 10.00 Per Pair

    23mm

    Bone Whimsy Flower Set

    $ 10.00 Per Pair

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    23mm

    Bone Whimsy Flower Set

    $ 10.00 Per Pair

    Stunning bone button with carved detail that works from any angle. Perfect for a coat or chunky sweater these hand-carved unique buttons are one of a kind.

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  • Brass Blossom Shank - Button Avenue - 1

    Button Avenue

    Brass Blossom Shank

    $ 14.00 Per Pair

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    Button Avenue

    Brass Blossom Shank

    $ 14.00 Per Pair

    Two-tone button complete with detailed brass for a fashionable look. Options with gold brass and bone base or silver brass and horn base. The brass is hand poured and absolutely exquisite. 

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  • Brass Cog in Bone Shank - Button Avenue

    15mm

    Brass Cog in Bone Shank

    $ 12.00 Per Pair

    15mm

    Brass Cog in Bone Shank

    $ 12.00 Per Pair

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    15mm

    Brass Cog in Bone Shank

    $ 12.00 Per Pair

    A matte bone shank with a brass cog-like detail at the center. This vintage inspired design is perfect for a dress or sweater. 

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  • Cherry Blossom Shank - Button Avenue - 1

    Button Avenue

    Cherry Blossom Shank

    $ 18.00 Per Pair

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    Button Avenue

    Cherry Blossom Shank

    $ 18.00 Per Pair

    Intricately carved by hand large flat shanks that are perfect for any cozy, over-sized sweater. Inspired by cherry blossoms the details on these pieces are absolutely stunning and each item is one of a kind.
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  • Delicate Bone Flower Shank - Button Avenue

    11mm

    Delicate Bone Flower Shank

    $ 11.50 Per Pair

    11mm

    Delicate Bone Flower Shank

    $ 11.50 Per Pair

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    11mm

    Delicate Bone Flower Shank

    $ 11.50 Per Pair

    Delicate bone flower shanks that are the perfect added detail to any sweater or button up shirt. These bone buttons are carved by hand. 

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  • English Garden Flower Shank - Button Avenue

    7.5mm

    English Garden Flower Shank

    $ 12.00 Per Pair

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    7.5mm

    English Garden Flower Shank

    $ 12.00 Per Pair

    Itsy-bitsy hand-carved flower that is a great embellishment or tiny detail on a garment or purse.

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