1. The word BUTTON is derived from the French word bouton which means bud or knob.
2. Prior to the introduction of the "button hole" thought to be in the 13th century buttons were generally ornamental. The button hole was thought to have been brought to Europe from the Middle East by knights returning from the crusades.
3. Plastic buttons became widely available in the 1930s. World war II brought many advances in plastic technology. Acrylic buttons were actually made from material left over from the manufacture of bomber gun turrets.
4. During the World Wars the British and US Military used button lockets, which were buttons made to look like a locket and contained a compass.
5. In the late 1800s when Queen Victoria went into mourning she obviously wore black and she wore true jet glass buttons. This had a great influence on fashion during that period. True jet glass is hard to come by but of you do get lucky the easiest way to know if you have the real deal is by the feel. If the button feels warm, you may be a winner.
I am linking up with Amy over at Love Made My Home for the weekly get together. Hope the weather holds and that you are able to get out and about this weekend. Take care.
See you soon.