Friday, January 29, 2010
Black Glass Buttons
Queen Victoria was born in 1819, she became queen in 1837 at the young age of 18. In 1840, she married her first cousin, Prince Albert. They had 9 children together. Their marriage life was ideally perfect, but the bright and happy years were doomed to a tragic ending. His untimely death (after a sudden illness) in 1861, just months after the death of her mother, left her devastated and she went into a deep mourning that would last for the rest of her life.
She took to wearing black jet buttons on her somber black costumes, a habit her subjects and others around the world took to. The scarce supply of true jet brought about its imitation..BLACK GLASS.
Sometimes you find antique/vintage cards of black glass buttons which are labeled JET..they are NOT..jet refers to the color as these are black glass.
"The Victorian Era" 1837-1901..Queen Victoria died in 1901
I have a variety of black glass buttons for sale under the black glass category @ Pegs Buttons