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.
With over 800 illustrations this book is intended to help with the identification of buckles which are by far the largest category of medieval and post medieval dress accessory to survive. The author has sought to obtain a balance between common and rare, plain and decorated buckles. Each chapter covers the development of a particular group of buckles based on the shape of the frame. The chapters are: Buckle Manufacture, Single Looped Buckles;
1250-1650, Buckles with Integral Plates;
1250-1500, Clasp Fasteners;
1300-1500, Annular Buckles;
1350-1720, Spectacle Buckles;
1350-1720, Rectangular & Trapezoidal Buckles;
1350-1700, Asymmetrical Buckles;
1350-1700, Two Piece Buckles;
1660-1800, Buckles as Jewellery.