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Metal Buttons

Background of Metal Buttons

Metal buttons were at one time made exclusively by jewelers, silversmiths, and coin-makers. Silver buttons specifically had been traded as a common currency with the Indians. One method artisans use is to heat the metal and then hand-pour into a mold as soon as it becomes a hot liquid. These molds can either be self-shanking so that the metal button sits flatter on the garment or these molds can have a wire shank attachment to allow for more movement. Another common method that began in the 18th century is to die-cut two pieces of metal and crimp them together for a complete design. The upper portion, also known as the cap, could be plain, embossed, painted, etched, etc…
The English Dandies depicted in the 18th century enjoyed the extravagance of oversized metal buttons and the display of more aristocratic pursuits such as hunting, sailing and horse racing. Horses in metal and bulls-eye target designs surfaced during this golden age of the first half of the 19th century. These themes inspire pieces in our collection today.
Other popular 18th to 19th century motifs were romantic landscapes and poetic depictions of the pleasures of the country life.
Our collection features similar themes such as floral patterns, galloping horses, whimsical owls and fairy tale like bunnies.
  • Antique Brass Flower Shank - Button Avenue

    15mm

    Antique Brass Flower Shank

    $ 9.00 Per Pair

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    15mm

    Antique Brass Flower Shank

    $ 9.00 Per Pair

    Vintage inspired detailed flower shank made from brass. These beautiful buttons embellish and accentuate any garment they are put on.

    Comes in set of two.

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  • Army Bronze Eagle Uniform Shank - Button Avenue

    Button Avenue

    Army Bronze Eagle Uniform Shank

    $ 11.00 Per Pair

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    Button Avenue

    Army Bronze Eagle Uniform Shank

    $ 11.00 Per Pair

    Dark gunmetal brass shank that is embossed with the Army bronze eagle uniform design and perfect for a fall coat. These historically inspired pieces are also beautiful blazer buttons that will surely catch anyone's attention. 

    Comes in set of two.

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  • Brass Anchor Charm Embellishment - Button Avenue

    20x14mm

    Brass Anchor Charm Embellishment

    $ 14.00 Per Pair

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    20x14mm

    Brass Anchor Charm Embellishment

    $ 14.00 Per Pair

    Anchor charm made from real brass complete with rope detail. These add a stunning nautical touch to any garment or accessory they are stitched on to. The perfect gift for any anchor lover.

    Comes in set of two.

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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. 

    Comes in set of two.

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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. 

    Comes in set of two.

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  • Brass Concave Button with Oval Holes - Button Avenue

    18mm

    Brass Concave Button with Oval Holes

    $ 9.00 Per Pair

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    18mm

    Brass Concave Button with Oval Holes

    $ 9.00 Per Pair

    Brass button with scooped concave shape and oblong oval holes. These buttons are perfect if you plan to use thicker than traditional thread or ribbon to sew buttons on. 

    Comes in set of two.

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  • Brass Detailed Shank - Button Avenue - 1

    Button Avenue

    Brass Detailed Shank

    $ 9.50 Per Pair

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    Button Avenue

    Brass Detailed Shank

    $ 9.50 Per Pair

    Though small in size, the details in this brass shank make it stand out on any garment. Hand poured from brass these shirting buttons add dimension and texture to any button up shirt.
    Comes in set of two.
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  • Brass Fleur de Lis Shank - Button Avenue

    17mm

    Brass Fleur de Lis Shank

    $ 9.75 Per Pair

    17mm

    Brass Fleur de Lis Shank

    $ 9.75 Per Pair

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    17mm

    Brass Fleur de Lis Shank

    $ 9.75 Per Pair

    Euro chic fleur de lis shank made by hand poured brass. Make any of your knit sweaters stand out with this piece. The symbol on these brass buttons represents a stylized lily or lotus flower and has many meanings though traditionally the fleur de lis has been used to represent French royalty. 

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  • Brass Flower in Horn - Button Avenue

    Button Avenue

    Brass Flower in Horn

    $ 12.00 Per Pair

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    Button Avenue

    Brass Flower in Horn

    $ 12.00 Per Pair

    Facet-cut brass flower inlaid in horn. This shank was inspired by the cut steel-disc buttons made by Matthew Boulton in England in the late 1700s. Unique shank perfect for a sweater or blazer cuff.

    Comes in set of two.

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  • Brass Majorette Shank - Button Avenue

    18mm

    Brass Majorette Shank

    $ 12.50 Per Pair

    18mm

    Brass Majorette Shank

    $ 12.50 Per Pair

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    18mm

    Brass Majorette Shank

    $ 12.50 Per Pair

    Inspired by majorette uniforms, this brass shank is slightly domed and perfect for a blazer or sweater. These classic buttons add dimension and flair to any garment.

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  • Brass Rabbit Shank - Button Avenue - 1

    Button Avenue

    Brass Rabbit Shank

    $ 15.00 Per Pair

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    Button Avenue

    Brass Rabbit Shank

    $ 15.00 Per Pair

    Brass shank with 3D embossed rabbit design. Hand poured with real brass these shanks are perfect for adding a fun touch to any blazer or coat.

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  • Brass Rimless Button with Depressed Center - Button Avenue

    11mm

    Brass Rimless Button with Depressed Center

    $ 9.00 Per Pair

    Antique inspired brass button that is perfect for adding a vintage touch to a sweater or coat. Made by hand, these buttons are each unique.

    Comes in set of two.

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  • Brass Shank With 3D Face - Button Avenue - 1

    Button Avenue

    Brass Shank With 3D Face

    $ 12.00 Per Pair

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    Button Avenue

    Brass Shank With 3D Face

    $ 12.00 Per Pair

    Small hand-poured brass shank with a 3D face design that adds dimension and texture to any shirt or henley. Inspired by vintage these brass buttons are sure to stand out on any garment.

    Comes in set of two.

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  • Brass Skull Head Bead - Button Avenue

    11x9mm

    Brass Skull Head Bead

    $ 10.00 Per Pair

    11x9mm

    Brass Skull Head Bead

    $ 10.00 Per Pair

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    11x9mm

    Brass Skull Head Bead

    $ 10.00 Per Pair

    Hand-poured brass bead in the shape of a skull head. With a vertical hole placement these intricate brass beads are perfect for any handbag or jewelry and also as a stand out shirting button.

    Comes in set of two.

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  • British Royal Coat of Arms Lion & Unicorn Brass Shank - Button Avenue

    23mm

    British Royal Coat of Arms Lion & Unicorn Brass Shank

    $ 15.00 Per Pair

    Brass shank with British coat of arms embossed artwork inspired by vintage British WW2 General Service Corps Buttons. A great jacket or blazer button. The General Service Corps button depicts the Royal Coat of Arms of the United Kingdom, Great Britain and Northern Ireland as used by Queen Elizabeth II from 1953 to the present.

    Comes in set of two.

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  • Concha Flower Shank - Button Avenue

    18mm

    Concha Flower Shank

    $ 12.50 Per Pair

    18mm

    Concha Flower Shank

    $ 12.50 Per Pair

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    18mm

    Concha Flower Shank

    $ 12.50 Per Pair

    Detailed concha flower shanks made from hand poured brass complete with triangular details to give them modern flair. Pairs perfectly with a sweater or blazer.

    Comes in set of two.

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