Antique Crown Button

Antique French gilded crown button
View of marking on the back of button stating made by La belle Jardiniere-Paris 1841 & 1910
Antique gold button with crown associated with European nobility
Antique French gilded crown button
View of marking on the back of button stating made by La belle Jardiniere-Paris 1841 & 1910
Antique gold button with crown associated with European nobility

Antique Crown Button

32.00

This beautiful gilded livery button with its gorgeous patina is from the 19th century. Buttons like these are associated with European nobility and aristocracy. The crown on this button designates the title of a Marquis and according to the backmark it was made by La Belle Jardiniere- Paris 1841 & 1910.
Size; 1-1/8" diameter -

943 Ref.
Decorative Buttons like these will be lovely any way you chose to use them; 
A stunning accent on clothing, incorporated into jewelry pieces or scrap-booking or a perfect addition to your collection. There are so many ways to appreciate something so pretty and rare.

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History:
The word livery comes from the French livree meaning to liberate or bestow. It was used to describe giving to retainers, who provided domestic service to the nobles and aristocrats. 
It came to mean the suit of clothes worn by menservants in the colors of the master who provides it and for whom they work. ( Think Downton Abbey)  So from the stable boy through the page boys, each would wear his master's livery. The master wouldn't wear the livery, but he might have cufflinks or a ring using the same symbol. Many of the crest used on livery buttons descended from the crest which knights wore on top of their helmets. It enabled friend and foe to recognize each other in battle. Identifying livery buttons can be difficult  because often the crest is shared by many families.