Bone Buttons and Button Blank

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Title

Bone Buttons and Button Blank

Description

Students, almshouse residents, and homemakers all crafted buttons out of cleaned cow bones. The carving required few tools and little skill. The incomplete button blank on the center of this board still shows a fragment of the larger bone from which it was carved.

Creator

Lucy Davis

Source

Recovered from excavation prior to construction of Rutgers-Camden dormitory at 330 Cooper Street, Camden, N.J.

Publisher

Rutgers University-Camden

Date

Late 1800s; photograph, July 2018

Contributor

Lucy Davis (Graduate Student, American Material Culture, Spring 2018); photograph by Jacob Lechner.

Rights

Collection of Rutgers-Camden Center for the Art

Relation

Affleck, Richard, George Cress, Ingrid Weubber, Rebecca White, Kimberly Morrell, and Thomas Kutys. Phase II and Data-Recovery Archaeological Excavations of the Smith-Maskell Site Cooper Street Development Camden, New Jersey. Archaeological Excavation Report, Burlington: URS Corporation.

Format

Bone buttons on cardboard backing.

Collection

Citation

Lucy Davis, “Bone Buttons and Button Blank,” Learning From Cooper Street, accessed November 26, 2022, https://omeka.camden.rutgers.edu/items/show/18.

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