Button FAQs:

Q: Is a button a small fastener?

A: Yes, and now most commonly made of plastic, but also frequently of metal, wood or seashell, which secures two pieces of fabric together.

Q: Are buttons generally small?

A: Yes, and spaced close together, whereas coat buttons are larger and spaced further apart.

Q: Are buttons fabric-covered forms with a separate back piece that secures the fabric over the knob?

A: Yes.

Q: Are buttons commonly measured in lignes?

A: Yes, and with 40 lignes equal to 1 inch.

Q: Are buttons difficult to remove without compromising the fabric's integrity?

A: Yes.

Q: Are buttons created by embroidering or crocheting tight stitches over a knob or ring called a form?

A: Yes.

Q: Were buttons predominantly made of brass and had loop shanks?

A: Yes.

Q: Are buttons those made for Abraham Lincoln?

A: Yes.

Q: Were buttons carved into geometric shapes and had holes pierced into them so that they could be attached to clothing with thread?

A: Yes.

Q: Are buttons a key element in Mandarin dress?

A: Yes, where they are closed with loops.

Q: Are buttons shirt studs and cufflinks?

A: Yes.

Q: Are buttons most often attached to articles of clothing but can also be used on containers such as wallets and bags?

A: Yes.

Q: Were buttons used in American political campaigns?

A: Yes, and still exist in collections today.

Q: Were buttons made?

A: Yes, and containing miniature working compasses.

Q: Were buttons constructed especially for the purpose?

A: Yes, and buttons have been one of the items in which drug smugglers have attempted to hide and transport illegal substances.