China buttons have amazed me and interested me for a long time. They have gorgeous stencil designs, and there are over 325 patterns (that have been noted), and nearly 60 stencil patterns have been cataloged. Right now, I have two of them, and their designs are captivating!They were manufactured in France, England and Long Island, New York, for use on undergarments, shirts and dresses around 1840. They were used commonly for the working class clothing because of their sturdy construction and small size.
*Information gathered from “Busy with Buttons” by Jill Gorski