A set of buttons

This set of five buttons features the profile of a head of state, possibly King George IV. Buttons made of coins such as this set were traditionally worn by Peranakan men and usually adopted from American or European coins. This set of coin buttons was probably specially designed and are not real coins. Other than coins, buttons worn by men were usually made of silver, bakelite, ivory, amber and bone. In contrast, buttons worn by Peranakan women were more ornamented and decorated with filigree gold, gilt silver and diamonds.

Early 20th century
Straits Settlements
refer to parts
Accession No.
Collection of
Asian Civilisations Museum
Credit Line
Gift of Mr. Edmond Chin

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