Sometimes, the packaging is more interesting than the product.
Not that mother of pearl buttons aren't wonderful. However, this is an example of how buying buttons used to be a whole lot more interesting that it is today.
Three examples: the oldest is the grey mop's on the black card, with the filigree border. This card is from the 1910's. The card with the man wearing a tie is from the 1930's. And the card with the woman water skiing is from the 1940's.
All of the buttons are mother of pearl, and are small. The oldest card is in very good condition, the other two cards have some issues.
What you see is what you get.
What goes around, comes around. Love of quality and beauty from the past is happiness.