Saturday, September 7, 2013

Saturday Shop Talk – Awake in Dreams

Antique Unicorn Necklace #unicorn #jewelry #antique
Personality: The Whimsical Dreamer
Places you'll find yourself: Gazing into clouds, dreaming of magic, love, and a life of beauty 

Late 1800s Unicorn Button Necklace #1800s #jewelry #unicorn

Propriety be damned, I found a freakin' UNICORN, people!! Usually, I try to keep my tone on these posts pretty soft and just quietly (but still excitedly) introduce you to one of my new creations. But! It's a UNICORN! How can you expect me to not be embarrassingly giddy?! This tiny magical wonder is an antique button. "Really?", you ask. Yes, really. I couldn't believe it either. It is nearly as rare to see one in an antique button as it is to see one in real life! Usually, the only unicorns on buttons are when they are part of a family or royal crest. One of my big reference books (2 volumes with thousands of listed buttons), only has ONE unicorn and it's this one.

Okay, I'll settle down now and tell you about it calmly...
This necklace, made with an antique button titled "A Unicorn", was made between 1880 and 1899 in stamped, pierced brass, and depicts a unicorn bursting through a scroll. There are remnants of the button's navy blue tint throughout, but it's mainly seen on the flat portion of the scroll. Attached to a delicate brass chain, this mythical creature can now share its magic with you every day!

Unicorn Necklace from late 19th century #unicorn #1800s #jewelry

Antique Unicorn Necklace #1800s #antique #jewelry #unicorn

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  1. Lovely unicorn necklace, it looks beautiful on your neck <3

  2. I would be pretty gosh darn giddy myself, too! I love unicorns so much, too, though I own relatively little featuring them. My prized unicorn item has to be a great little vintage ceramic trinket box I got at a yard sale last year (I think I payed $0.50 for it) that has an adorable unicorn on the lid.

    ♥ Jessica

  3. That is so cool! But not nearly as cool as the fact that you have a button anthology!! Where do you even get a book like that?!?

    1. Haha! Yes, that is quite helpful. There are many out there, but I have the Big Book of Buttons. Hard to come by and VERY expensive if you purchase one from someone that knows what they have.

  4. Oooh that is so pretty. Im going to have to keep that on my Etsy wish list for sure. I may have overshopped a bit last month, but I definitely got to get something for you eventually. We must think a like because I have a sort of dream related post up today too

    Kate-the old fashioned way

    1. Hahaha! Yes, I completely understand. My etsy wish list is miles long!

  5. A unicorn! No need to be reserved about this: you're making me giddy!

  6. I love the way you matched it to this blouse!

  7. I thought about you the other day when I visited a little antique shop in Wiltshire. The lady had a selection of antique buttons for sale and they looked very 'you'.