I’m crazy for Stuart Crystals. They’re tiny, old, glittery, sentimental masterpieces: all my favorite characteristics of an object! However, I never dreamed I would ever be able to hold one, much less own one. Besides the fact that they are exceptionally old, they’re fairly scarce since they were only made in England between the 1650s and 1730s. All these factors add up to one well-deserved, but hefty price tag!
Going broke for Baroque!
There was no way I could afford one of these beauties, not without winning the lottery or selling vital organs, or so I told myself.
I was scanning the internet for a set of Victorian button for the Gabby dress when I found this:
OMG! OMG! Was it, maybe? Yes? Could it…?!
It was listed for $40. The seller called it a “18th century rock crystal breeches button” and only listed the dimensions (1/2 inch), but I had to have it. When I bought it, I thought it was empty–no hair, no cypher, no colored foiling. When it arrived, it was scratched, yet underneath you could see that it actually did have a little trefoil cypher inside which you can just barely make it out in the original scan!
Stuart Crystal Breeches Button, circa 1690-1700
Cut Collet Detail
Silver back of the Button
Trefoil Cypher (off-center)
For being over 300 years old, it is in remarkable shape. It has lots of surface scratches and has lost pretty much all of it’s foil color, but I love it–squealing like a giddy school girl– love it!
I am beyond thrilled to own this tiny piece of British history.