In the 1780s, men’s coat buttons became increasingly large and contained subject matter meant to invite curiosity, provoke conversation, and fulfill the need for novelty. In 1787, Baroness Oberkirch commented on this fashion: "The buttons of men’s jackets were no less bizarre. They showed portraits, such as that of the kings of France, the twelve Caesars and sometimes family miniatures."Along with the aforementioned butterfly, other types of insects also became popular motifs on oversized buttons.
This object was
Julia Hutchins Wolcott.
It is credited
Bequest of Julia Hutchins Wolcott.
Cite this object as
Buttons ; Bequest of Julia Hutchins Wolcott; 1959-66-233-a/c