This is a single antique court robe button used during the Qing Dynasty. The court robe (shown in the 4th image above) had 5 buttons - one at the throat, one at the shoulder, one under the arm and two down the side of the garment. Chinese robes did not have buttonholes. Instead, a strip of cloth through the shank was sown on the garment. A similar strip of cloth was sown in a loop on the opposite side. Closure was affected when the loop side was pushed over the button.
The last image above shows similar buttons that are part of the collections at the Palace Museum in Taipei.
Court robe buttons are typically made of brass or copper.
Each button is about 1/2" diameter (not including shank). Overall measurement is 3/4" including shank.
I will include a generous length of black satin cord so button can be worn as a pendant, if desired.
The button is offered for sale in "as is" condition and may have the dings and wear associated with old items, but I see no condition issues.
Reference: Catalogue of the Exhibition of Ch'ing Dynasty Costume Accessories, published by the National Palace Museum, Taipei, nd, p. 290.
Shipping is USPS Priority Mail flat rate. I will combine shipping if several items are purchased and refund any excess shipping.
Shipping to US and other countries as listed in the individual listing. Currently, I ship to the Australia, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Japan, New Zealand, Norway, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan and United Kingdom. I ship by USPS flat rate box as it is the most economical means for most of the items in the collection. All shipments are insured for the first $100 as flat rate shipments. If the item is valued at more than $100, I will insure some items at my discretion. Additional services are the responsibility of the buyer.
Credit card via ETSY is preferred as a method of payment but other methods may be considered if approved prior to purchase. If you wish to reserve an item, please email me. Payment must be made within a 14 day period after reserve is placed.
If multiple items are purchased, I will combine the shipping and ship in the smallest flat rate box.
Returns & exchanges
I gladly accept returns and exchanges
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Ship items back within: 30 days of delivery
I don't accept cancellations
But please contact me if you have any problems with your order.
The following items can't be returned or exchanged
Because of the nature of these items, unless they arrive damaged or defective, I can't accept returns for:
Custom or personalized orders
Perishable products (like food or flowers)
Intimate items (for health/hygiene reasons)
Items on sale
Conditions of return
Buyers are responsible for return shipping costs. If the item is not returned in its original condition, the buyer is responsible for any loss in value.
Additional return information
Returns and refunds will be given if an email is sent with an request for return immediately upon receipt. Return shipping is the responsibility of the buyer.