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ball buttons

Posted: Sat Mar 27, 2010 5:58 pm
by drummer
hi, i am after a supplier of replica brass 'ball' buttons for a victorian mess dress.
cheers barry

Re: ball buttons

Posted: Sat Mar 27, 2010 7:19 pm
by Velund
What does it look like?
Like this?
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Re: ball buttons

Posted: Sat Mar 27, 2010 9:55 pm
by drummer
hi and thanks, yes they are similar but i need to better £1.00 per button
b

Re: ball buttons

Posted: Sun Mar 28, 2010 12:17 pm
by Tuppence
doubt you'll find any then, unless you want modern mass produced sh*te.

£1 is a very good price.

Re: ball buttons

Posted: Sun Mar 28, 2010 12:18 pm
by Tuppence
if you do want mass produced rubbish though, then any decent habby shop will have something similar, though they won't be brass.

Re: ball buttons

Posted: Sun Mar 28, 2010 12:26 pm
by Merlon.
Neibelungen may be able to help

Re: ball buttons

Posted: Sun Mar 28, 2010 2:06 pm
by Nigel
at more than £1.00 tho Paul

you wont be able to get em unless you drop very lucky

Re: ball buttons

Posted: Sun Mar 28, 2010 2:49 pm
by Velund
Ball buttons seem not to change in time).

A batch from 20 pieces from us goes for $1.5 (~£1) + shipping.
Come over if no other variants.

Re: ball buttons

Posted: Mon Mar 29, 2010 12:55 am
by Neibelungen
It depends on the exact type of ball button your after.

If it's the small 'nipple' style that line the centre of a mess waistcoat, then Chimera costumes do a pewter version for about 35p each. Though you could probably add an extra 50p plus if you need them plated. Probably could get a wrecked mess waistcoat for £20 off ebay with those on though, already gilt.
http://www.chimera-costumes.co.uk/shop/ ... =19&phqu=1

If your after anything larger then you'll have to pay a lot more than that to get anything real.

I do a cheap plated plastic ball for 50p to 60p for a 12mm size in nickel or gilt plate.
http://www.militarymetalwork.co.uk/prod ... prod=PB056

If your after the real thing then you better start saving
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Only a few of themedieval ones are done as solid castings. above 10-12mm they are just too heavy. They need to be hollow spheres, hence the small hole in the base of them.

I'm planing to introduce a whole range of late medeval and tudow ones with embossed tops later this year, followed by regimental ones later on.


Not knocking Velund, but that's not like any medieval button I've seen. Shanks would be integral to the casting and not on a plate.

Re: ball buttons

Posted: Mon Mar 29, 2010 8:21 pm
by Ian Harbottle
I've recently had some of Andrew's half balls (buttons - for the filth among you) and they look gorgeous on the garment. Great finish and durable. Easy to sew on too. Some buttons the shanks are too small and it is a right fiddle on to get the needle through, but not these fellows. Worth paying the money for if you want the right finish. I can't recommend them enough.