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Lot 4 Bronze Buttons, c. 1300 - 1600 A.D., Eastern Europe Metal Detector Finds
Although button-like decorative objects were worn in the Indus Valley, China, and Rome in ancient times, functional buttons with buttonholes for fastening or closing clothes appeared first in 13th century Germany. The first button makers guild was formed in 1250 A.D. The guild produced magnificent buttons, worn only by the wealthy. In 13th and 14th century buttons were used to create snug-fitting garments that accentuated the curves of the body (arms of a man or the bosom of a woman). It was a maniacal fashion trend among the rich to own dresses with unique and exotically-designed buttons. In some cases, buttons covered most of the garment - and each button had its own button hole! MA95798. Lot of 4 buttons, Eastern Europe metal detector finds, choice wearable condition, $20.99 (€19.31)
Medieval Italy, Necklace, c. 8th - 14th Century A.D.
AE61828. Necklace, mix of glass, terracotta, rock crystal and glazed beads, 13 inches; from a New Jersey collection, c. 8th-14th century A.D.; SOLD
Germany, Iron Mace Head, Late Medieval, 1400 - 1500
From the collection of Alex G. Malloy, former dealer in antiquities for 40 years.AW36874. Heavy metal mace head, ball with five protruding rounded points to the back is a loop for suspension, 10.1 cm long; black patina with some rust, Choice, SOLD