Buttons & Fastenings

Button-like objects of bone and metal have been found in archaeological deposits of the Late Bronze Age and onwards. There is no evidence of Iron Age use of metal buttons in Britain, and it is unsure if they were used by the Romans. They became common in medieval times, where they could be plain or patterned, or with expensive gemstone decoration for the upper classes. Other common buttons were created with knobs of cloth or when threads were wrapped around a wooden core. The use of various styles of buttons have been common ever since.