Hard Rubber Buttons, Square design, Wire Shank
Marked "N.R. Co. Goodyear's P=T . 1851"
These were produced from 1852 to 1872 by the Novelty Rubber Company
Note: These are vintage buttons and there will be some variations in color and condition.
There were 2 major companies producing hard rubber buttons during the period from 1852 to 1872. (Under the Goodyear 1851 patent) One being the Novelty Rubber Company the other being the India Rubber Comb Company. Examining examples from each company, it is noted that the Novelty Rubber Company was the high end market supplier, making buttons of superior quality and design. The India Rubber Comb company is better known for making lower cost, plain buttons, mostly to be used on coats. Novelty Rubber Co. closed their doors in 1886.