Death's Head 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.  Available in two sizes, these pewter buttons are made to resemble the well known thread button, the Death's Head.  These sleeve buttons are handmade by Ward Oles, At the Eastern Door and based on original artifacts.  Ward is one of the premier artisans reproducing 17th and 18th century artifacts in America. 

Quarrelsome Tailors, c 1790