A Set Of British Cut-Steel Buttons Converted Into Earrings, Probably Birmingham, made for export, Late 18th Century The large buttons are now mounted with clip-on earring on the reverse side. ;The center of the button is in the form of a cut-out star surrounded with raised diamond-shaped roundals, the edge is crimped. Dimensions: 1 1/4 inches diameter In 1775 Granchez, proprietor of the ''Petit Dunkerque'', advertised in the ''Mercure de Paris'', the availability of a new range of buttons in pinchbeck, steel, silver and enamelled silver among a wide variety of cut steel fancy goods imported from England. References: For a description of the ''magasins anglais'' in Paris, such as Madame Blakey''s establishment and the celebrated ''Petit Dunkerque'', see Carolyn Sargentson, Merchants and Luxury Markets, Victoria and Albert Museum, 1996, (pp. 115 & 125). ; For similar examples, see Sotheby''s London: European Ceramics, Glass, Silver, Vertu and Portrait Miniatures, 6 and 8 March 2001, p121, lot 400.
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