Button Mold

Three-part, single button mold for a plain, self shank, domed button. Top halves have iron loop handles and join to form a diamond or lozenge sprue hole. Bead-bordered domed button inside; fits mold but does not match it. No marks.
Currently not on view
Object Name
mold, button
date made
1800 - 1850
Physical Description
brass (overall material)
iron (handles material)
metal, white (button material)
overall, base: 3/4 in x 1 3/4 in; 1.905 cm x 4.445 cm
overall, button: 3/8 in x 1/2 in; .9525 cm x 1.27 cm
overall, mold halves, each: 1 in x 2 in x 2 in; 2.54 cm x 5.08 cm x 5.08 cm
overall: 1 3/8 in x 3 7/8 in x 2 1/4 in; 3.4925 cm x 9.8425 cm x 5.715 cm
place made
United States
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
Domestic Furnishings
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Home and Community Life: Domestic Life
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
Gift of Preston R. Bassett
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