Black Paste Sleeve Buttons


Known today as "cuff links", in the 18th century they were known as sleeve buttons and used to fasten closed the wristbands of shirts and armbands of shifts.  Plain or fancy, these linked buttons were used by all classes of society in the 18th century.  These paste buttons are made of sSmall black stones set in polished brass (3/8 inch), and are perfect for the gentry or middling class, and will work for both shirts and shifts.  Handmade by the nationally known artisan, Ward Oles, At the Eastern Door, one of the foremost artisans in America.

Quarrelsome Tailors, c1790