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Button Country

An Educational Resource for Button Collectors - originally created by Paul Rice

Copyright © 2012 All Rights Reserved.                                                  Website redesigned and Maintained by Deborah Hanson

Section 6 : Glass, Black

* To download and print pdfs of the black glass worksheets click these links: page 1 , page 2 , page 3.

Some descriptions of these buttons may be cut off.  Full descriptions can be seen in the slide show mode.

6-1 All Black - Matte - Contour Ball (1/2")
6-1 All Black - Matte - Contour Ball (1/2")
6-1 All Black - Shiny - Faceted  (1-1/2")
6-1 All Black - Shiny - Faceted (1-1/2")
6-1 All Black - Matte & Shiny Combined (3/4")
6-1 All Black - Matte & Shiny Combined (3/4")
6-2 Back Type - Metal Loop Shank  (11/16")
6-2 Back Type - Metal Loop Shank (11/16")
6-2 Back Types - Self shank/ realistic shape  (7/8")
6-2 Back Types - Self shank/ realistic shape (7/8")
6-2 Back Type - Threadback/OME Cord Bound  (3/4")
6-2 Back Type - Threadback/OME Cord Bound (3/4")
6-2 Back Type - Bar Shank  (11/16")
6-2 Back Type - Bar Shank (11/16")
6-2 Back Type - Key Shank - Faceted  (3/4")
6-2 Back Type - Key Shank - Faceted (3/4")
6-2 Back Type - Bird Cage Shank Faceted  (3/8")
6-2 Back Type - Bird Cage Shank Faceted (3/8")
6-2 Back Type - Thread Groove Metal Rod Shank
6-2 Back Type - Thread Groove Metal Rod Shank
- Faceted  (5/8")
- Faceted (5/8")
6-2.1 Back Type - Four-way Metal Shank
6-2.1 Back Type - Four-way Metal Shank
 - Imitation Fabric  (1")
- Imitation Fabric (1")
6-2.2 Back Type - Rosette Shank
6-2.2 Back Type - Rosette Shank
 - Basket Weave Pattern  (1/2")
- Basket Weave Pattern (1/2")
6-2.3 Back Type - Whistle 2-hole (3/4")
6-2.3 Back Type - Whistle 2-hole (3/4")
6-2.3 Back Type - 2-Hole Sew-through Metal Back/BM  (3/4")
6-2.3 Back Type - 2-Hole Sew-through Metal Back/BM (3/4")
6-2.3 Back Type - 3-Hole Sew-through (3/4")
6-2.3 Back Type - 3-Hole Sew-through (3/4")
6-2.3 Back Type - 4-Hole Sew-through (11/16")
6-2.3 Back Type - 4-Hole Sew-through (11/16")
6-2.4 Back Type - Swirlback /contour shape (9/16")
6-2.4 Back Type - Swirlback /contour shape (9/16")
6-2.4 Back Type - Swirlback (5/8")
6-2.4 Back Type - Swirlback (5/8")
6-3 Construction - Painted DUG (5/8")
6-3 Construction - Painted DUG (5/8")
6-3.1 Construction - Blown - Matte/Ball (9/16")
6-3.1 Construction - Blown - Matte/Ball (9/16")
6-3.2 Construction - Coronet/Swirlback  (1/2")
6-3.2 Construction - Coronet/Swirlback (1/2")
6-3.3 Construction - Foil Embedded (3/8")
6-3.3 Construction - Foil Embedded (3/8")
6-3.4 Construction - Fused (3/4")
6-3.4 Construction - Fused (3/4")
6-3.5 Construction - Impression Inlay (1/2")
6-3.5 Construction - Impression Inlay (1/2")
6-3.6 Construction - Intermixed Screenback  (7/8")
6-3.6 Construction - Intermixed Screenback (7/8")
6-3.7 Construction - Lampwork Realistic  (7/8")
6-3.7 Construction - Lampwork Realistic (7/8")
6-3.8 Construction - Moonglow (7/8")
6-3.8 Construction - Moonglow (7/8")
6-3.9 Construction - Overlay (5/8")
6-3.9 Construction - Overlay (5/8")
6-3.9 Construction - Overlay/Coralene (7/8")
6-3.9 Construction - Overlay/Coralene (7/8")
6-3.9 Construction - Overlay/Salt (5/8")
6-3.9 Construction - Overlay/Salt (5/8")
6-3.9 Construction - Overlay/Sheet (1-1/4")
6-3.9 Construction - Overlay/Sheet (1-1/4")
6-3.9 Construction - Overlay/Sheath (1/2")
6-3.9 Construction - Overlay/Sheath (1/2")
6-3.9 Construction - Overlay/Nailsea  (7/8")
6-3.9 Construction - Overlay/Nailsea (7/8")
6-3.9  Construction - Overlay - linear shape/Square  (1-1/4")
6-3.9 Construction - Overlay - linear shape/Square (1-1/4")
6-3.10  Construction - Paperweight (11/16")
6-3.10 Construction - Paperweight (11/16")
6-3.10 Construction - Paperweight (9/16")
6-3.10 Construction - Paperweight (9/16")
6-3.10 Construction - Paperweight - Studio by Mary Gaumond
6-3.10 Construction - Paperweight - Studio by Mary Gaumond
6-3.11 Construction - Tile  (3/4")
6-3.11 Construction - Tile (3/4")
6-3.11 Construction - Tile  (5/8")
6-3.11 Construction - Tile (5/8")
6-4 DF - Plastic paint-like Finish  (7/8")
6-4 DF - Plastic paint-like Finish (7/8")
6-4.1 DF - Acid Etched (matte) Overlay  (11/16")
6-4.1 DF - Acid Etched (matte) Overlay (11/16")
6-4.2 DF - Lusters, Incised - Aristocrat  (5/8")
6-4.2 DF - Lusters, Incised - Aristocrat (5/8")
6-4.2 DF - Lusters/Blue Metallic - BM  (7/8")
6-4.2 DF - Lusters/Blue Metallic - BM (7/8")
6-4.2.1 DF - Lusters/Gold
(3/4")
6-4.2.1 DF - Lusters/Gold
(3/4")
6-4.2.1 DF - Lusters/Gold  (3/4")
6-4.2.1 DF - Lusters/Gold (3/4")
6-4.2.1 DF - Lusters/Gold  (11/16")
6-4.2.1 DF - Lusters/Gold (11/16")
6-4.2.1  DF - Lusters/Gold/ linear shape  (3/4")
6-4.2.1 DF - Lusters/Gold/ linear shape (3/4")
6-4.2.2 DF - Lusters/Iridescent  (5/8")
6-4.2.2 DF - Lusters/Iridescent (5/8")
6-4.2.2 DF - Lusters/Iridescent (1-1/2")
6-4.2.2 DF - Lusters/Iridescent (1-1/2")
6-4.2.2 DF - Lusters/Aurora   (1")
6-4.2.2 DF - Lusters/Aurora (1")
6-4.2.3 DF - Lusters/Silver  (7/8")
6-4.2.3 DF - Lusters/Silver (7/8")
6-4.2.3 DF - Lusters/Silver - Rose Wash  (7/8)
6-4.2.3 DF - Lusters/Silver - Rose Wash (7/8)
6-4.3 DF - Enamel  (5/8")
6-4.3 DF - Enamel (5/8")
6-4.3 DF - Enamel  - BM  (1-1/8")
6-4.3 DF - Enamel - BM (1-1/8")
6-4.3 DF - Enamel  (7/8")
6-4.3 DF - Enamel (7/8")
6-4.3 DF - Enamel  (1/2")
6-4.3 DF - Enamel (1/2")
6-4.3 DF - Enamel  (7/8")
6-4.3 DF - Enamel (7/8")
6-4.3 DF - Paint-Chemical (Dull Gray)  (5/8")
6-4.3 DF - Paint-Chemical (Dull Gray) (5/8")
 6-4.3 DF - Paint - Imitation Wood  (9/16")
6-4.3 DF - Paint - Imitation Wood (9/16")
6-5.1 Mechanical - Frame - Overlay  (1/2")
6-5.1 Mechanical - Frame - Overlay (1/2")
6-5.1 Mechanical - Frame - DUG  (3/4")
6-5.1 Mechanical - Frame - DUG (3/4")
6-5.1 Mechanical - Frame - DUG  (7/8")
6-5.1 Mechanical - Frame - DUG (7/8")
6-5.1 Mechanical - Frame - Watch Crystal (3/4")
6-5.1 Mechanical - Frame - Watch Crystal (3/4")
6-5.1 Mechanical - Frame - Fabric - Cord Shank (5/8")
6-5.1 Mechanical - Frame - Fabric - Cord Shank (5/8")
6-5.1 Mechanical - Frame - Wood (9/16")
6-5.1 Mechanical - Frame - Wood (9/16")
6-5.1 Mechanical - Frame - Glass Swirlback (7/16")
6-5.1 Mechanical - Frame - Glass Swirlback (7/16")
6-5.2 Mechanical - Glass with Glass - Tingue (7/16")
6-5.2 Mechanical - Glass with Glass - Tingue (7/16")
6-5.2 Mechanical - Glass with Glass - Watch Crystal (5/8")
6-5.2 Mechanical - Glass with Glass - Watch Crystal (5/8")
6-5.2 Mechanical - Glass with Glass - Pierced (9/16")
6-5.2 Mechanical - Glass with Glass - Pierced (9/16")
6-5.2 Mechanical - Glass with Glass (3/4")
6-5.2 Mechanical - Glass with Glass (3/4")
6-5.3 Mechanical - Metal Back - Wafer (1-1/8")
6-5.3 Mechanical - Metal Back - Wafer (1-1/8")
6-5.3.1 Mechanical - Metal Back - Bimini (1-3/8")
6-5.3.1 Mechanical - Metal Back - Bimini (1-3/8")
6-5.3.2 Mechanical - Metal Back - Soldered (5/8")
6-5.3.2 Mechanical - Metal Back - Soldered (5/8")
6-5.3.2 Mechanical - Metal Back - Riveted (1-5/8")
6-5.3.2 Mechanical - Metal Back - Riveted (1-5/8")
6-5.3.2 Mechanical - Metal Back - Screenback (1-1/4")
6-5.3.2 Mechanical - Metal Back - Screenback (1-1/4")
6-5.4 Mechanical - Precision Inlay - Metal (1")
6-5.4 Mechanical - Precision Inlay - Metal (1")
6-5.4 Mechanical - Precision Inlay - Pearl (7/8")
6-5.4 Mechanical - Precision Inlay - Pearl (7/8")
6-5.4 Mechanical - Precision Inset - Pearl (7/8")
6-5.4 Mechanical - Precision Inset - Pearl (7/8")
6-6.1 Surface Design - Embossed Cameo - Gold Luster (1")
6-6.1 Surface Design - Embossed Cameo - Gold Luster (1")
6-6.1 Surface Design - Embossed Cameo (1")
6-6.1 Surface Design - Embossed Cameo (1")
6-6.1 Surface Design - Embossed Cameo - BM (1-1/2")
6-6.1 Surface Design - Embossed Cameo - BM (1-1/2")
6-6.1 Surface Design - Embossed Cameo - BM (1-1/8")
6-6.1 Surface Design - Embossed Cameo - BM (1-1/8")
6-6.1 Surface Design - Embossed Cameo (1-1/4")
6-6.1 Surface Design - Embossed Cameo (1-1/4")
6-6.1 Surface Design - Recessed Cameo - BM (7/8")
6-6.1 Surface Design - Recessed Cameo - BM (7/8")
6-6.2 Surface Design - Faceted - Iridescent (5/8)
6-6.2 Surface Design - Faceted - Iridescent (5/8)
6-6.2 Surface Design - Faceted (1/2")
6-6.2 Surface Design - Faceted (1/2")
6-6.2 Surface Design - Faceted - contour shape (cube) (3/8")
6-6.2 Surface Design - Faceted - contour shape (cube) (3/8")
6-6.3 Surface Design - Imitation Fabric (1-1/4")
6-6.3 Surface Design - Imitation Fabric (1-1/4")
6-6.3 Surface Design - Imitation Fabric (3/4")
6-6.3 Surface Design - Imitation Fabric (3/4")
6-6.4 Surface Design - Impressed - BM  (15/16")
6-6.4 Surface Design - Impressed - BM (15/16")
6-6.4 Surface Design - Impressed (1-5/8")
6-6.4 Surface Design - Impressed (1-5/8")
6-6.5 Surface Design - Incised/Outline (3/4")
6-6.5 Surface Design - Incised/Outline (3/4")
6-6.5 Surface Design - Incised Outline  (3/4")
6-6.5 Surface Design - Incised Outline (3/4")
6-6.6 Surface Design - Intaglio (5/8")
6-6.6 Surface Design - Intaglio (5/8")
6-6.6 Surface Design - Intaglio (7/8")
6-6.6 Surface Design - Intaglio (7/8")
6-6.7 Surface Design - Lacy (1-1/8")
6-6.7 Surface Design - Lacy (1-1/8")
6-6.7 Surface Design - Lacy (1")
6-6.7 Surface Design - Lacy (1")
6-6.7 Surface Design - Lacy-like (1-1/4")
6-6.7 Surface Design - Lacy-like (1-1/4")
6-6.8 Surface Design - Openwork (5/8")
6-6.8 Surface Design - Openwork (5/8")
6-6.8 Surface Design - Openwork (1-1/4")
6-6.8 Surface Design - Openwork (1-1/4")
6-6.9 Surface Design - Molded - Victorian (7/8")
6-6.9 Surface Design - Molded - Victorian (7/8")
6-7 OME - Thread Bound (1/2")
6-7 OME - Thread Bound (1/2")
6-7 OME - Fabric Frame (1")
6-7 OME - Fabric Frame (1")
6-7 OME - Shell (3/4")
6-7 OME - Shell (3/4")
6-7.1 OME - Metal Brass Escutcheon (3/4")
6-7.1 OME - Metal Brass Escutcheon (3/4")
6-7.1 OME - Metal - brass & faceted cut-steels (1/2")
6-7.1 OME - Metal - brass & faceted cut-steels (1/2")
6-7.1 OME - Metal Brass Escutcheon (3/4")
6-7.1 OME - Metal Brass Escutcheon (3/4")
6-7.1 OME - Metal-Bound (5/8")
6-7.1 OME - Metal-Bound (5/8")
6-7.1 OME - Metal-Brass (1")
6-7.1 OME - Metal-Brass (1")
6-7.1 OME - Metal Rim (1-1/2")
6-7.1 OME - Metal Rim (1-1/2")
6-7.1 OME - Metal Precision Inset (9/16")
6-7.1 OME - Metal Precision Inset (9/16")
6-7.2 OME - Pastes - shape (1")
6-7.2 OME - Pastes - shape (1")

Acknowledgments: Thanks to the Peach State Button Club members for providing the majority of the buttons shown in the below images. Special thanks to Pat Koehler, Louella Yeargain, and Barbara Barrans for collaborating in the update of this section including their contribution of many of the button images shown as examples.  

A special thanks to Joan Lindsay & Joy Journeay for their expert editing skills!


References:

(1)  National Button Society Blue Book, Official NBS Classification and Competition Guidelines

(2) Classification of Black Glass Buttons, Published by the National Button Society,  2015

(3) For a detailed guide to collecting black glass buttons get the NBS Black Glass Handbook from the NBS store.

* Black Glass Buttons Worksheet in Excel

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