These small, flexible buttons are very well documented and frequently appear on the collars and cuffs of men’s 18th Century shirts and women’s shift cuffs. Their appeal may lie in their simple construction—they are made only of cleverly wrapped thread, or in the fact that their flexibility made them comfortable to wear under a neck stock or cravat. Historical portraits show numerous men’s shirts that feature up to 3 thread buttons at the collar and 1-2 at the sleeve cuff.
These surprisingly sturdy buttons are handmade entirely of white wool blend thread (linen is available by request), and measure approximately 3/8” in diameter. There is a thread tail attached to the back “shank” of each button that can be used to sew the button to a garment. If you have an eye for historical detail, these buttons are a perfect (and accurate) finishing touch for your collar or cuffs.