Two two-piece brass buttons, 9/16" in diameter
Two two-piece brass buttons, 9/16" in diameter, picturing " The Dog Who Carried His Master's Dinner." $12 from Joni Goldbarg through Ebay, April, '99, and a gift of Robin Larner, Rochester, NY, May, '99.
This is perhaps the simplest of the buttons I have found. Until the Goldbarg offer, I did not know that this scene found its way onto a button. Almost the full top half of the button's circle is simple darkness. In addition to the dog and the lunch, there is only the raised ground beneath the animal. The button seems to have been constructed of the scene proper and a standard brass backing with a self-shank. Big Book of Buttons Plate 154 #29. In the Larner exemplar, this scene is, as the Big Book of Buttons describes, "all tinted in red" (379).