As is typically the case, any time I set out to locate some thing I haven't seen for years but think I absolutely must find, I run across another thing, wholly unanticipated and invariably more interesting than the thing I was determined to find in the first place. This time I unearthed a tin that used to contain Grether's Blackcurrant Pastilles, a treasured commodity that in recent years has become so scarce and stratospherically expensive that it will be a long time before I make this a staple of my diet again. Just as well. Inside, I found something perhaps more dear...
...more buttons from my grandmother's collection. I vaguely remember squirrelling these away because they were the few examples that were decorated with animals and they are pretty fantastic. There are some lovely images of fruit and flowers as well.
Beautiful enamel work.
This button strikes me as quite old. The central disk is velvet.