A metal and 'Ruskin' ceramic button of the Arts & Crafts movement circa 1900. To the centre is a high domed turquoise ceramic disc probably supplied by the Ruskin firm to the button makers which I now know the name of. I have long been intrigued by the back stamp 'The Guild Button N & ES' that appears on this and other buttons of similar construction that mostly consist of a central ceramic disc with a hammered finish metal surround. I was lucky enough one day to find a set of buttons in their original box which read 'The Guild Button, hand beaten by skilled craftsmen, designed and made by Norman and Ernest Spittle' it then listed their address as in the Birmingham jewellery quarter of Newhall Hill. This is however a single button which measures 1-7/16 ins in diameter. It is quite thick and has the back stamp I mentioned plus a registration number and in the centre of the underside is a round loop shank. The button is in good condition, the metal mount which is made of hammer raised coppered brass has a nice original patina that gives it a glowing richness and compliments the blue of the ceramic disc which has no cracks or chips.
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