The pearl-button trade, in Birmingham, Eng., which has been dull for a long time, has recently received a consid erable impetus from some large American orders ; this is owing to a fashion which has sprung up in some of our States, for pearl buttons of comparatively large dimensions being worn by ladies, down the front of their dresses. The mother-of- pearl is very high in price just now, owing to the divers having left their avocation, in many places in the Pacific, and proceed ed to dig for gold in Australia. The price of the raw material is $680 per, ton. The black mother- of-pearl, found in Scotland, is very scarce.
This article was originally published with the title "American Fashion and Birmingham Buttons" in Scientific American 8, 15, 120 (December 1852)