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Pewter Clasps and Buttons
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Pewter is a malleable metal alloy, traditionally between 85 and 99 percent tin. Modern pewters must contain at least 90% tin and be alloyed with copper, antimony, or bismuth to be considered a pewter. Lead is no longer permitted to be an alloying element. Pewter was first used around the beginning of the Bronze Age in the Near East, and is often found in churches. Use of pewter was common from the Middle Ages up until the various developments in glass-making during the 18th and 19th centuries. Pewter was the chief tableware until the making of porcelain. Today, pewter is mainly used in decorative objects. - source:

Buttons and button-like objects used as ornaments rather than fasteners have been discovered in the ancient Indus Valley during its Kot Dijy phase (circa 2800-2600 BC) and Bronze Age sites in China (circa 2000-1500 BC), and are attested in Ancient Rome.
Functional buttons with buttonholes for fastening or closing clothing appeared first in Germany in the 13th century. They soon became widespread with the rise of snug-fitting garments in 13th- and 14th-century Europe.
Types of buttons: - shank buttons have a small ring or a bar with a hole called the shank protruding from the back of the button, through which thread is sewn to attach the button. - Covered buttons are fabric-covered forms with a separate back piece that secures the fabric over the knob. - Flat or sew-through buttons have two or four holes punched through the button through which the thread is sewn to attach the button. Flat buttons may be attached by sewing machine rather than by hand, and may be used with heavy fabrics by working a thread shank to extend the height of the button above the fabric. - Worked or cloth buttons are created by embroidering or crocheting tight stitches (usually with linen thread) over a knob or ring called a form. Mandarin buttons are knobs made of intricately knotted strings. Mandarin buttons are a key element in Mandarin dress (Qi Pao in Chinese), where they are closed with loops. Pairs of mandarin buttons worn as cuff links are called silk knots.

Buttons may be manufactured from an extremely broad variety of materials, including natural materials such as antler, bone, horn, ivory, shell, vegetable ivory, and wood; or synthetics such as celluloid, glass, metal, and plastic. Hard plastic is by far the most common material for newly manufactured buttons; the other materials tend to occur only in premium apparel.
FYI: Button size (diameter) is measured in units called "lignes" (French for "line"). - source:

Pewter Clasps, Usage:

1. Crocheted Jacket © Irene & Mr.Sheep Co., yarn: Dale of Norway Falk; Knitwear Boutique

2. Alwar Cardigan © Louisa Harding, Book CARDIGANS

3. Cottage Style Pullover © SANDRA Magazine, September 1999
  Crocheted Jacket, Irene & Mr.Sheep Co.   Alwar Cardigan, Louisa Harding Book CARDIGANS   Cottage Style Pullover, SANDRA Magazine

Price, Clasp (CAD): $7.99 /small-medium
Price, XL Clasp (CAD): $10.99 /XL
Price, Button (CAD): $3.00 /small, $3.50 /medium, $5.15 /large

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PEWTER CLASPS, made in Norway

Pewter Clasps
№ 2040, Gry. Enlarge

Pewter Clasps
№ 2055, Ragnhild. Enlarge

Pewter Clasps
№ 2065, Kari. Enlarge

Pewter Clasps
№ 2070, Valle. Enlarge

Pewter Clasps
№ 2080, Bjorg. Enlarge

Pewter Clasps
№ 2104, Sissel. Enlarge


$7.99 /each:
$10.99 /each:
• № 2040, Gry. Enlarge | Style Sheet
Actual size: 4 cm x 1.5 cm | IN STOCK: 9 pairs
• № 2055, Ragnhild. Enlarge | Style Sheet
Actual size: 5 cm x 1.5 cm | IN STOCK: 9 pairs
• № 2065, Kari. Enlarge | Style Sheet
Actual size: 6.5 cm x 2.2 cm | IN STOCK: 7 pairs
• № 2070, Valle. Enlarge | Style Sheet
Actual size: 7 cm x 3 cm | IN STOCK: * 9 pairs
• № 2080, Bjorg. Enlarge | Style Sheet
Actual size: 6.5 cm x 2.5 cm | IN STOCK: 8 pairs
• № 2102, Saga XL Enlarge
Actual size: 11 cm x 3.5 cm | IN STOCK: 12 pairs
• № 2104, Sissel. Enlarge | Style Sheet
Actual size: 5.8 cm x 2.8 cm | IN STOCK: * 14 pairs
• № 2128, Drage. Enlarge | Style Sheet
Actual size: 6.3 cm x 2.2 cm | IN STOCK: * 5 pairs
• № 2134, Tele. Enlarge | Style Sheet
Actual size: 7.6 cm x 2.2 cm | IN STOCK: * 13 pairs
• № 2138, Saga. Enlarge | Style Sheet
Actual size: 5.5 cm x 2 cm | IN STOCK: * 6 pairs


Pewter Clasps
№ 2128, Drage. Enlarge

Pewter Clasps
№ 2134, Tele. Enlarge

Pewter Clasps
№ 2138, Saga. Enlarge

Pewter Clasps, XL 102 SAGA
№ 2102, SAGA XL. Enlarge, actual size: 11 cm x 3.5 cm

PEWTER BUTTONS, made in Norway

Pewter Buttons
№ 100, Sissel. Enlarge
Pewter Buttons
№ 137, Saga. Enlarge
Pewter Buttons
№ 129, Bjorg. Enlarge
Pewter Buttons
№ 127, Aase. Enlarge
$3.00 /Small:
$3.50 /Medium:
$5.15 /Large:
• № 100, Sissel. Enlarge | Style Sheet
Size: Medium, Actual diameter: 2.2 cm | IN STOCK: * 2
• № 129, Bjorg. Enlarge | Style Sheet
Size: Small, Actual diameter: 1.8 cm | IN STOCK: * Sorry, Out of stock
• № 127, Aase. Enlarge | Style Sheet
Size: Large, Actual diameter: 2.7 cm | IN STOCK: * 1
• № 137, Saga. Enlarge | Style Sheet
Size: Medium, Actual diameter: 2.2 cm | IN STOCK: 16

SHELL & WOODEN BUTTONS, designed in Canada

Shell Buttons, close-up. Photo ©

Ebony Buttons, close-up. Photo ©
Price (CAD): $5.99 /all sizes

Shell Button, Style:

• Style 2002. Size: Medium, Square 28x28 mm (1-1/16" x 7/8"), close-up. Colour: Desert Sand, reverse: Glossy Black
• Style 2005. Size: Medium, Rectangular 38x12 mm (1-1/2" x 3/4"), close-up. Colour: Nacre
• Style 4001. Size: Small, Buttercup shape 20 mm diam (3/4"), close-up. Colour: Mother-of-Pearl
• Style 4002. Size: Small, Round 20 mm diam (3/4"), close-up
Colour: Mother-of-Pearl


Price (CAD): $2.99 /small, $7.99 /medium-large

$2.99 /Small:
$7.99 /M-L:

• Style 1002, Teardrop. Size: Large 70 x 38 mm (2.76" x 1.5"), close-up.
• Style 1003, Crescent with engraving. Size: Medium/Large 65 x 22 mm (2.56" x 0.87"), close-up.
• Style 1005, Round. Size: Large 48 mm (1.9") diam , close-up.
• Style 1008, Round with engraving. Size: Small 18 mm (0.07") diam , close-up.



* Note: Darkness/Lightness and Texture of each button may vary within a batch


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