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These two tiny paintings on glass appear to have been re-purposed as buttons somewhere along the way. The one with the swallow has a Scovill Co. metal shank added and the smaller black trimmed one has a nondescript metal shank added too. My button experts think they were not buttons originally. They are so well painted and decorated that I feel they must have had a real purpose: tiles? game chips? The top one is about 3/4" long and the other is maybe an inch. Anyone?
Are you certain these are glass? They look like ceramic tile to me. The patterns are reminiscent of "blue willow" which is English porcelain.
With a ceramic tile cutter or a glass cutter, small tiles can be made and polished smooth. When I Googled, Blue willow tile, clicked Images, many small tiles came up. A few in the beige color.
I even found an I-pad cover in "blue willow"...
Thanks! You got me back on the trail today and I think I have them figured out. I am pretty certain that they are not ceramic and know that they are complete pieces, the images are fully realized. I saw a couple on eBay that look to be the same material repurposed as earrings. What I think they are, are pieces designed to be used in jewelry, perhaps bezel set in a ring or in a story bracelet. Admittedly most of the Persian story bracelets I see online are made of ivory or bone. Didn't find any glass ones.