Very cool vintage buttons, turquoise on sterling silver. Set of 8 buttons. Great addition to your authentic western look!
Researching these I am pretty sure this is Native American, Navajo, very scarce, and known as an Old Pawn button.
While I don't know for sure, I think my mother, Tammy, bought these out west in the 1970's. It would make sense because I remember her taking a trip out west where she bought some other things, including a fabulous Navajo turquoise and silver squash blossom necklace. Tammy was an anthropologist on one of her iterations and lover authentic artifacts. This was from her collection.
To make this a bit more mysterious, the buttons are in an old box marked: St. Louis Mission Center. Baguio City. I googled that, and it seems to be in the Philippines. In addition, in my mother's writing are the words: "Tamara. Silver School." While I don't remember her ever going to silver school, she loved school. Tammy was an architect, anthropologist, lawyer, and a talented artist.
In addition to these, I have some snap-on turquoise and silver button covers. They don't seem to be the authentic Navajo, but are definitely very cool and fun!
Click here to see the Squash Blossom Necklace
Click here for turquoise, coral and onyx in silver snap-on button covers
Click here for more turquoise
Click here for more of Tammy's art (aka Mom)
There's lots more I haven't posted. If you are interested, contact me
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