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  • Place of origin:

    Great Britain (made)

  • Date:

    1810 - 1820s (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Engraved mother of pearl with brass ring

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Miss J. Ludin

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Engraved button of a stage coach drawn by four galloping horses with a house, trees and fields in the background and a milestone in the foreground. Nine men in top hats and great coats are portrayed sitting on top of the coach.

The button is also interesting because it is so large, measuring about 7.3cms in diameter. Due to its size it is probably too big to have been worn on actual clothing. It may therefore have been a sample of fine craftsmanship to be displayed as an exhibition piece or in a shop window to advertise goods.

Place of Origin

Great Britain (made)


1810 - 1820s (made)



Materials and Techniques

Engraved mother of pearl with brass ring


Diameter: 7.3 cm

Object history note

The donor's ancestors were tailors specialising in military, livery and naval dress so the button may also be connected with one of these occupations

Descriptive line

Mother of pearl button engraved with a scene of a stage coach carrying male passengers, British, 1810-1820s.


Mother of pearl; Brass



Subjects depicted

Top hats; Trees; House; Milestone; Horse; Fields; Coats; Coach (carriage)

Production Type



Textiles and Fashion Collection

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