I sure have!
All the buttons in the picture are a very tiny part of my antique collection of buttons.
I have thousands and even went ot a "button convention" in America some years ago where there was a hall full of sellers and thousands of buyers from all over the world.
These ones pictured are all made of glass and the different backs CAN tell you how old they are.
My collection is absolutely delightful and before I started collecting some 15 years ago, I had no idea the type of buttons that were made in the past!
another pic -yes I have ones that are one offs and they cost, at the time $75 -they are delightful -also collect 7 G-ds which i have about 6 sets of!
this picture is also all glass -cant really send you some more on here!
I have some truly gorgeous old buttons which were on my mother's old clothes when I was a little girl! We had bottles and bottles of beautiful old buttons,and the really special ones were kept in cases! I have several friends who collect buttons in a very serious manner, and though I do have a few of these particularly wonderful ones,I tend to have collected the more readily available carved mother-of-pearl ones which are like little jewels! I have even worn some of these as brooches and have received some lovely comments about them when I do this! They also make incredible clasps on Clutch Bags and Purses.
I have buttons that my mother and her mother before kept, they were always taken off any clothes that were too old to wear and kept.
I did not know that they are collectable must have another look at them ,
My mother had a small collection , but she used them as spares in case they fell off any clothing we had. That way she had spares. She had them in different colors for different clothes.. Nowadays they give you a spare button when you buy clothes, that way if one falls off, you have a spare. Buttons were probably expensive for her back then. Clothes would look ratty with one or two missing buttons. Even if the buttons were the wrong shape or colour, at least you had a button there. I wonder if she still has those buttons.. She probably still does have them. Some of them might be worth a few cents.
My mum had a button box full of buttons as did many women coming up through the war years.
Money was scarce. She would often go through the contents when knitting a cardigan/jumper and find 5 or so that matched to attach to it.
I didn't realise that people collect buttons. I always keep the spare buttons that come with clothes. I remember as a child my mother use to have a huge jar of buttons and I used to love playing with them