It always turned out with a yellow sheen to it. A fabric-printed garter button, used by flappers to hold up their newly visible stockings. Regards, Jules. After the Renaissance in Europe, buttons—along with many other things—became increasingly baroque, then rococo. Velcro, another new-fangled closure, is too futuristic to be taken seriously. Along with ribbons, laces or bows, buttons were often used on detachable sleeves, a fad that ran from the 13th to 15th centuries. Thanks don't mean to hijack this thread but here is my tombac 4-hole.
One or two examples may have been found afterbut no signs of continued manufacture.
It is made of a curved shell and about years old. The buttons shown here, culled from the wonderfully abundant galleries at Button Countrydemonstrate the wide range of materials used to make these ubiquitous fasteners. Here is a description of a Tombac button, which by the way, usually on the reverse you will see the spin marks. Related article: The primary design on Tombac Buttons was made with a Lathe. The value will increase with judicious cleaning.