Someone asked in a recent post what 'vegetable buttons' were.
I believe they are called 'ivory vegetable buttons'. Most of what you see
in the photo above are vegetable buttons. These were a win on Ebay.
From Webster's New World Dictionary is this:
vegetable ivory; the fully ripe, ivorylike seed of a South American palm tree.
This ivory nut is the principle source of vegetable ivory used for carving.
Down through the centuries buttons were made from wood, ivory, bone, antlers, pewter,
and various other metals.
Some of these are plastic but most are vegetable ivory buttons, dyed browns and
I believe these are also referred to as 'Tagua Nut buttons'.
Correct me if I am wrong. ;-) Please share if you have any knowledge of
these buttons. Thanks for stopping by!