The word "button" comes from the French word "bouton" meaning bud, protuberance, or any round object.
The first buttons made in the U.S. were made of metal. In 1750 Caspar Wistar, a German immigrant, began manufacturing brass buttons in Philadelphia.
In America, buttons were once used for trading with the Indians.
Louis XIV is said to have spent $60,000 on jeweled buttons.