As this post title and label in the shadowbox reveal, this collection of buttons belonged to my Great-Aunt Madge (there's a name you don't hear anymore!). I put this project together about 10 years ago as a small box of very cool buttons was gathering dust at my dad's house-- my mom had inherited it. Aunt Madge was quite a knitter and crocheter, and I'm assuming a sewer, or maybe she just saved interesting buttons. Some look like they were salvaged from an old coat to be used again but never quite made it-- lucky for me!
The photo is a very young Aunt Madge, probably before she was an aunt, about 1920.