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Button rope

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Collection of buttons strung on a string, grouped according to colors and size, mostly consisting of brass and black buttons. Appears unfinished with additional string wound up on one end in anticipation of additional buttons. Some buttons have fallen off and were found loose in box.


By inheritance within the family to Martha Bancroft, West Newton, MA; 2011, gift of Bancroft to the MFA. (Accession Date: September 21, 2011)

Credit Line

Gift of Martha Hatch Bancroft

American, 19th century


Length: 203.2 mm (8 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Buttons; string


Textiles and Fashion Arts