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This is most unusual antique Victorian picture button depicts the demise of Orpheus in Greek Mythology who was a gifted muscian and singer who charmed the birds out of the trees.He was slain by the Sirens who threw his head into the river.
In over 40 years of collecting I have never seen another depicting this exact scene..
Here is a link to the Mythological story http://www.mythweb.com/encyc/entries/orpheus.html

It measures 1ins (2.7mm) in diameter.The top appears to be made in two parts;the outer being brass wrapped over a base.I am unable to say what metal the base might be.It could be the same base metal as the back plate.The rear of the button is japanned with a looped shank.
I would say this button dates to circa 1880's.It is in good vintage condition for it's age with very slight touches of verdigris deep in the moldings.The outer decoration of clam shell shapes shows sign of wear, some having been rubbed smooth.The back plate has only vestiges of the japanned finish.Overall they do not detract from a most unusual item.
My photographs are considerably enlarged.

It would make a wonderful additon to your button collection.

It comes from a non-smoking pet free environment. Because this button is so special I recommend postage International Signed for which includes insurance and Special Delivery UK or Uk confirmed(slightly cheaper) Please convo me if you require this. Please be sure to check my terms and conditions before purchase especially world wide shipping to PO boxes and your right to cancel.

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Antique Victorian Picture Button,The Sad End of Orpheus,Greek Mythology


  • Vintage item from the 1800s
  • Materials: brass, metal, japanned finish
  • Ships worldwide from United Kingdom
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