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How pretty -- these are Victorian picture buttons, and I can see faceted steel studs on either side of the figure. I'm not able to tell from the pic what the half moon above it is. Likely steel or jet. If you can show it or describe it, we can take a better look.
Do you have a picture of the backs? I see the buttons come with a bit or provenance. Nice deal Katy. :)
That's super Katy -- thank you for the additional pic. I can see that the button is in three parts and I think I'm seeing a metal U-shank. And if the half moon is the same as the rest, then it appears to be a very nice pair of cut steel novelty buttons of the period. Score! :)
Whew! That was hard work but worth it because I love the cut steel buttons :)