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Buttons for Waistcoats
Pins, Rings, and Buttons
Pins, Rings, and Buttons
 

 

Here is a collection of buttons taken from vintage and antique waistcoats. On the left are the shell and mother of pearl buttons, and the black ones on the right are made of glass. In Victorian times, many garments had their buttons removed for cleaning and pressing. Since the buttons are not permanently sewn on, this also means you may interchange them, and wear your favorite set of buttons on every waistcoat, if you like.

First pick out buttons that will fit your button holes; hold the button next to the hole and make sure the diameter is just a bit smaller than the button hole. Then find the little eyelet holes where the buttons should be, and push the metal shank that comes out the back of the button, through the hole. Once it is through, a metal ring (like a modern keyring) winds through the hole in the button shank to hold it in place. Or, if your waiscoat is after the Industrial Revolution, it probably came with cotter pins for this purpose.

The Right Size Button
The Right Size Button
Back Side of WC getting cotter pins
Back Side of WC getting cotter pins