Quote:The unpleasant aspect behind a consumer having to Â distinguish button materials is the way sleezy makers and salesmen take advantage of common, but inexact, knowledge of mother-of-pearl and bone buttons. Â Most people have heard enough to know that mop and bone buttons are generally desirable. Â So, makers (of buttons or shirts) find ways of cutting mop or shell ever thinner (and cheaper) so they can still advertise that their products have "genuine mother-of-pearl buttons." The degraded "horn" or "bone" buttons are even more insideous. Â The button makers compound the dust from cutting the natural material with epoxy. Â The resulting button is molder plastic with horn or bone "content." Â Even good suit makers (I have in mind Samuelsohn) use the reconstituted bone buttons and charge a premium ($15 in Samuelsohn's case) for natural bone buttons.
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3/20/05 at 9:53pm