5 loose buttons
Silver, jade, paper
Each (button): 1/4 x 1 1/4 in. (0.6 x 3.2 cm) Part (envelope): 6 1/4 x 4 in. (15.9 x 10.2 cm)
5 loose buttons of green jade carved in floral design set in silver surround with four decorative trefoil-like loops and rope edge; metal backing and shank. Paper envelope with back flap, printed in black on front "NO. SIZE/ COLOR/ QUANTITY" with blank lines; printed beneath "B. BLUMENTHAL & CO. INC./ MANUFACTURERS AND IMPORTERS OF/ BUCKLES-BUTTONS-ORNAMENTS/ 1372-1382 BROADWAY/ Between 37th and 38th Streets/ NEW YORK/ Phone: WIsconsin 7-5700/ PHILADELPHIA, PA./ 1005 MARKET ST./ CHICAGO, ILL./ 325 WEST JACKSON BLVD./ LOS ANGELES, CALIF./ 846 SOUTH BROADWAY/ ST. LOUIS, MO./ 1123 WASHINGTON AVE."
The donor's father, Leo A. Greene (1908-1954), spent his entire career at B. Blumenthal & Co. (founded in 1877), the leading American button importer and manufacturer in the country for much of the 20th century. The company had a large showroom in New York City on Broadway between 38th and 39th streets. Greene began as a stock boy in the 1920's and rose to Vice President and a member of the Board of Directors by the end of his career.
Gift of Lois Greene Stone
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