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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 9 : Horn

* To download and print pdfs of the horn worksheet 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.

9-1.1 Processed - Molded (1-1/2")
9-1.1 Processed - Molded (1-1/2")
9-1.1 "Buffalo" horn - Veneer (5/8")
9-1.1 "Buffalo" horn - Veneer (5/8")
9-1.2 Tortoise - Silver Inlay  (7/8")
9-1.2 Tortoise - Silver Inlay (7/8")
9-1.2 Tortoise - Realistic Shape  (3-1/4")
9-1.2 Tortoise - Realistic Shape (3-1/4")
9-2 Unprocessed  (1")
9-2 Unprocessed (1")
9-3 Back Type - Pin Shank  (3/8")
9-3 Back Type - Pin Shank (3/8")
9-3 Back Type - Pin Shank - Bone Inlay  (1-1/8")
9-3 Back Type - Pin Shank - Bone Inlay (1-1/8")
 9-4 Decorative Finish (DF) - Wax Resist Finish - Dyed (1")
9-4 Decorative Finish (DF) - Wax Resist Finish - Dyed (1")
9-4 Decorative Finish (DF) - Iridescent Finish - BM  (1/2")
9-4 Decorative Finish (DF) - Iridescent Finish - BM (1/2")
9-4 Decorative Finish (DF) - Metallic finish (paint?)  (3/4")
9-4 Decorative Finish (DF) - Metallic finish (paint?) (3/4")
9-4 Decorative Finish (DF) - Dyed - Molded (7/8")
9-4 Decorative Finish (DF) - Dyed - Molded (7/8")
9-4 Decorative Finish (DF) - Dyed - Paris BM (1-1/8")
9-4 Decorative Finish (DF) - Dyed - Paris BM (1-1/8")
9-4 Decorative Finish (DF) - Paint - BM  (1")
9-4 Decorative Finish (DF) - Paint - BM (1")
 9-5 Mechanical Make-up - Repoussè Horn Back  (1-1/8")
9-5 Mechanical Make-up - Repoussè Horn Back (1-1/8")
9-5 Mechanical Make-up - 5-Piece  (1-3/4")
9-5 Mechanical Make-up - 5-Piece (1-3/4")
9-5 Mechanical Make-up - Laminate - Wood & Horn - Realistic  (3-5/8")
9-5 Mechanical Make-up - Laminate - Wood & Horn - Realistic (3-5/8")
9-5.1 Mechanical Make-up - Inlay MOP (1-7/8")
9-5.1 Mechanical Make-up - Inlay MOP (1-7/8")
9-5.1 Mechanical Make-up - Inset - VI  
Paste OME (11/16")
9-5.1 Mechanical Make-up - Inset - VI
Paste OME (11/16")
9-5.1 Mechanical Make-up - Inset Pearl - "Buffalo" (3/4")
9-5.1 Mechanical Make-up - Inset Pearl - "Buffalo" (3/4")
9-5.1 Mechanical Make-up - Inset - Brass (1-1/8")
9-5.1 Mechanical Make-up - Inset - Brass (1-1/8")
9-5.1 Mechanical Make-up - Inset Wood  (1-1/8")
9-5.1 Mechanical Make-up - Inset Wood (1-1/8")
9-5.2 Mechanical Make-up - Veneer Mother-of-pearl (11/16")
9-5.2 Mechanical Make-up - Veneer Mother-of-pearl (11/16")
9-5.2 Mechanical Make-up - Veneer Composition (1-1/8")
9-5.2 Mechanical Make-up - Veneer Composition (1-1/8")
9-5.2 Mechanical Make-up - Veneer Wood (1-3/16")
9-5.2 Mechanical Make-up - Veneer Wood (1-3/16")
9-5.2 Mechanical Make-up - Veneer - Tortoise, Brass, Silver & MOP Inlay (3/4")
9-5.2 Mechanical Make-up - Veneer - Tortoise, Brass, Silver & MOP Inlay (3/4")
9-5.2 Mechanical Make-up - Tortoise Veneer - Ivory, Brass & Pearl  inlay (1-1/8")
9-5.2 Mechanical Make-up - Tortoise Veneer - Ivory, Brass & Pearl inlay (1-1/8")
9-6 Other Material Embellishments - Fabric - Velvet (1-3/8")
9-6 Other Material Embellishments - Fabric - Velvet (1-3/8")
9-6 Other Material Embellishments - Bone - Realistic  Shape (1")
9-6 Other Material Embellishments - Bone - Realistic Shape (1")
9-6 Other Material Embellishments - Shell & Wood -Whistle-hole (5/8")
9-6 Other Material Embellishments - Shell & Wood -Whistle-hole (5/8")
9-6 Other Material Embellishments - Enamel - Plaquette (3/4")
9-6 Other Material Embellishments - Enamel - Plaquette (3/4")
9-6 Other Material Embellishments - Pastes (1-3/8")
9-6 Other Material Embellishments - Pastes (1-3/8")
9-6 Other Material Embellishments - Glass - Steels (1-5/8")
9-6 Other Material Embellishments - Glass - Steels (1-5/8")
9-6.1 Other Material Embellishments/Metal - Brass & Faceted Steels (1-3/4")
9-6.1 Other Material Embellishments/Metal - Brass & Faceted Steels (1-3/4")
9-6.1 Other Material Embellishments/Metal - Silver Rose (7/8")
9-6.1 Other Material Embellishments/Metal - Silver Rose (7/8")
9-6.1 Other Material Embellishments/Metal - Metal Rim (7/8")
9-6.1 Other Material Embellishments/Metal - Metal Rim (7/8")
9-6.1 Other Material Embellishments/Metal - Brass & Steel (11/16")
9-6.1 Other Material Embellishments/Metal - Brass & Steel (11/16")
9-6.1 Other Material Embellishments/Metal - Brass Head (1")
9-6.1 Other Material Embellishments/Metal - Brass Head (1")
9-6.1 Other Material Embellishments/Metal - Steel Mirror (11/16")
9-6.1 Other Material Embellishments/Metal - Steel Mirror (11/16")
9-6.1 Other Material Embellishments/Metal - White metal & shell - Contour Ball  shape (1/2")
9-6.1 Other Material Embellishments/Metal - White metal & shell - Contour Ball shape (1/2")
9-7 Working Methods - Pierced - Silver OME  (2")
9-7 Working Methods - Pierced - Silver OME (2")
9-7.1 Working Methods - Carved - Realistic Mask  (1")
9-7.1 Working Methods - Carved - Realistic Mask (1")
9-7.1 Working Methods - Carved - Linear shape  (1-1/4")
9-7.1 Working Methods - Carved - Linear shape (1-1/4")
9-7.1 Working Methods - Carved - 2 Piece - Contour shape (1-3/8")
9-7.1 Working Methods - Carved - 2 Piece - Contour shape (1-3/8")
9-7.1 Working Methods - Carved - (1-3/8")
9-7.1 Working Methods - Carved - (1-3/8")
9-7.1 Working Methods - Turned/Lathed - Whistle-hole (1-1/4")
9-7.1 Working Methods - Turned/Lathed - Whistle-hole (1-1/4")
9-7.2 Working Methods - Impression Inlay - Pearl-Metal (1-1/4")
9-7.2 Working Methods - Impression Inlay - Pearl-Metal (1-1/4")
9-7.2 Working Methods - Impression Inlay - Celluloid  (1")
9-7.2 Working Methods - Impression Inlay - Celluloid (1")
9-7.2 Working Methods - Impression Inlay - Shell (1-1/16")
9-7.2 Working Methods - Impression Inlay - Shell (1-1/16")
9-7.2 Working Methods - Impression Inlay - Linear shape (1")
9-7.2 Working Methods - Impression Inlay - Linear shape (1")
9-7.2 Working Methods - Impression Inlay Metal & Pearl (1-1/8")
9-7.2 Working Methods - Impression Inlay Metal & Pearl (1-1/8")
9-7.2 Working Methods - Impression Inlay Celluloid & Pearl (7/8")
9-7.2 Working Methods - Impression Inlay Celluloid & Pearl (7/8")
9-7.2 Working Methods - Impression Inlay - Piqué point (15/16")
9-7.2 Working Methods - Impression Inlay - Piqué point (15/16")
9-7.3 Working Methods - Molded surface design (1-3/8")
9-7.3 Working Methods - Molded surface design (1-3/8")
9-7.3 Working Methods - Molded surface design - "Blond" (1-1/2")
9-7.3 Working Methods - Molded surface design - "Blond" (1-1/2")
9-7.3 Working Methods - Molded surface design - Dyed - Jenny Lind (1-1/8")
9-7.3 Working Methods - Molded surface design - Dyed - Jenny Lind (1-1/8")
9-7.3 Working Methods - Molded surface design - BM  (1-1/8")
9-7.3 Working Methods - Molded surface design - BM (1-1/8")
9-8 Unlisted - Mounted in/on metal - Tortoise Background  (1-3/8")
9-8 Unlisted - Mounted in/on metal - Tortoise Background (1-3/8")
9-8 Unlisted - Mounted in/on metal - Silver Inlay (3/4")
9-8 Unlisted - Mounted in/on metal - Silver Inlay (3/4")
9-8 Unlisted - Mounted in/on metal (1-1/4")
9-8 Unlisted - Mounted in/on metal (1-1/4")
An example of Division II Canadian Uniform Button, Royal Winnipeg Rifles
An example of Division II Canadian Uniform Button, Royal Winnipeg Rifles
Examples of Division II British Uniform Buttons (See how shank is molded into horn body)
Examples of Division II British Uniform Buttons (See how shank is molded into horn body)

Acknowledgments: Thanks to Louella Yeargain and Barbara Barrans for collaborating in the update of this section and for contributing many of the button images shown below.  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) Hughes, Elizabeth and Marion Lester.  The Big Book of Buttons. St. Johann Press - 2010

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