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3 loose buttons

Object Number: 
ca. 1940
Mother of pearl, metal
Overall: 1/2 x 3/4 in. ( 1.3 x 1.9 cm )
3 loose mother-of-pearl buttons in shape of horse with metal shank; incised detail on head, mane, tail and hooves.
Gallery Label: 
The donor's father, Leo A. Greene (1908-1954), spent his entire career at B. Blumenthal & Co. (founded in 1877), the leading American button importer and manufacturer in the country for much of the 20th century. The company had a large showroom in New York City on Broadway between 38th and 39th streets. These horse-shaped buttons were produced by B. Blumenthal in the 1940's specifically for the donor's merry-go-round skirt but were never mass-produced because they were too difficult to cut.
Credit Line: 
Gift of Lois Greene Stone
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group