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Rare Hard to Find 19th Century Antique Carved Pearl Whistle with Embedded Marcasites NBS Small Button

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When I found a card of these at an antique show several years ago, I bought them thinking they were cut steels. I'm always in a hurry at shows, trying to cover as many booths as I can in the time I have. When I got home, I realized the cut steels were not cut steels. They are marcasites. I have never seen these buttons before or since. Therefore, I believe they are fairly rare.

The base is a beautiful fiery red violet pearl carved in a way that the pearl "sparkles" are the button is turned in the light. The 8 marcasites are embedded in the pearl, not just glued on top. The resulting button is fabulous.

This button is an NBS small, measuring 11/16" in diameter, a little smaller than a dime. The button is a 2-hole whistle.

The button is in very good, antique condition. I have included 8 pictures, some of which are close-ups. Magnification shows things not easily seen with the naked eye. Please be sure to view them all so you have a good idea what you are considering. The pictures make the button look "rougher" than it presents when viewing without enlarging. I don't see anything that distracts from the beauty of this button.

This would be a very nice addition to any pearl card or button collection in general. I don't think this is a variety of button seen very often. Don't miss the chance to add it to your collection. I have sold several of these over the past years and am not sure if this is the last one or not.

I am listing, separately, several harder to find pearl and cut steel buttons. They vary in price, so it would be hard for me to do a choice listing. If you order more than one of these listings, all excess shipping will be refunded.

Combined shipping is available.
When I found a card of these at an antique show several years ago, I bought them thinking they were cut steels. I'm always in a hurry at shows, trying to cover as many booths as I can in the time I have. When I got home, I realized the cut steels were not cut steels. They are marcasites. I have never seen these buttons before or since. Therefore, I believe they are fairly rare.

The base is a beautiful fiery red violet pearl carved in a way that the pearl "sparkles" are the button is turned in the light. The 8 marcasites are embedded in the pearl, not just glued on top. The resulting button is fabulous.

This button is an NBS small, measuring 11/16" in diameter, a little smaller than a dime. The button is a 2-hole whistle.

The button is in very good, antique condition. I have included 8 pictures, some of which are close-ups. Magnification shows things not easily seen with the naked eye. Please be sure to view them all so you have a good idea what you are considering. The pictures make the button look "rougher" than it presents when viewing without enlarging. I don't see anything that distracts from the beauty of this button.

This would be a very nice addition to any pearl card or button collection in general. I don't think this is a variety of button seen very often. Don't miss the chance to add it to your collection. I have sold several of these over the past years and am not sure if this is the last one or not.

I am listing, separately, several harder to find pearl and cut steel buttons. They vary in price, so it would be hard for me to do a choice listing. If you order more than one of these listings, all excess shipping will be refunded.

Combined shipping is available.

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Rare Hard to Find 19th Century Antique Carved Pearl Whistle with Embedded Marcasites NBS Small Button

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  • Vintage item from the 1800s
  • Materials: Fiery Red Violet Pearl, Marcasites
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