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These beautiful vintage pen and ink images of a Rabbit and a Hare come from “The Picture Natural History” with about four hundred illustrations by Mary E.C. Boutell, edited with an introduction by her father the Rev Charles Boutell, M.A. Published in 1874.

My copy of the book was quite foxed and falling apart with insect damage throughout. Amazingly most of the illustrations were still in good condition. Scanning and preserving these wonderful illustrations seemed a terrific way to keep them alive.

The pictures are very detailed although it does not seem to come through in the photographs

Any of these Boutell Animal and Critter images can be mixed and matched. If you would like a special group please convo me for price and shipping. I am happy to make any special listing you wish.

This is s 1.25" sized BUTTON

As a BUTTON they are perfect for your hat, coat, messenger bag, purse, notebook cover, wherever a small statement or bit of art is needed. Spruce up your cloth recycling bags to make them your own! Use them to decorate packages or tuck into gifts.

They can be made up as a magnet for an extra $ .50

If you choose the MAGNET feature it would be great on a fridge, filing cabinet or locker or any other place, which needs a little brightening.

Please excuse any glare from the camera. The buttons themselves are free from any glare spots.

From the Charming and often erroneous Descriptions of Mary E.C. Boutell:

The Hare:

This pretty, inoffensive, timid creature with its brightly soft eyes and its long black tipped ears, has more enemies than any other animal, because it is so very good to eat, and it has no means of self-defense except its swiftness. Hares make for themselves not very comfortable nests, or forms, upon the ground, and there they will lie crouching down, with their ears stretched along their backs; but, when they have been roused, they lift themselves up, with their ears erect, listening for every sound, In open places, such as parts of Salisbury Plain, Hares may be seen in immense numbers; and a truly pleasing sight it is to observe their graceful gambols and their rapid movements. Hares are hunted, and also chased or "coursed" by greyhounds. In cold countries, the Hare, like the Fox its enemy, changes the colour of its tawny fur to white, and thus it escapes many a danger from being so like the snow which surrounds it."

The Rabbit:

We are as familiar with Rabbits as we are with Hares, and sometimes even more so, because there are so many varieties of tame Rabbits which are kept in great numbers and made pets and favorites. Rabbits burrow in the ground and live in holes which they have made for themselves and in which they instantly take refuge when alarmed. Rabbits delight to dart and frisk about, and they can run very swiftly. They have a great many young ones, which soon grow up, and begin to dig burrows for themselves.

Rabbit and Hare Vintage Image 1.25 inch Pinback BUTTON

$3.50 USD
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