The tin itself was first-rate: it once held Passover treats and bore the marks of tape that had once secured it with all those loose buttons inside.
Removing the lid revealed the stash:
a mix of the highly utilitarian with the more whimsical or elegant (note those lizard-skin leather coat buttons), colorful celluoid, a little Bakelite, glass. Rhinestones!
As in all good button tins there were some intriguing non-button items:
in particular here, a red mystery item, a celluloid Gibson guitar pick, a tiny heart-shaped padlock (no key), two toggles from old phonographs for switching between 78 and LP speeds, and - in an old envelope from Chemical Bank of New York - a handful of scatter pins in the shape of spectacles.
What a treat!
The black and ivory Bakelite accent buttons on this necklace come from the tin (not the buckle or central button):
Necklace #171, Vintage plastic buckle with Bakelite buttons on polka-dot cotton bias tape.
I also recently restocked on covered button forms.
On necklace #172 the forms are covered with fabric - rayon, I think - from a Japanese furoshiki. The print depicts some sort of game with sticks. puck-like circular objects, and these little mustachioed guys with the fierce brows (the background is a cotton Japanese bias tape).
For all the recent necklace photos, click https://goo.gl/photos/uJFB3VUDePMFPEbk9.