Lily-of-the-valley (Convallaria magalis) is a flowering plant rich in symbolic significance. Foremost, it is a flower associated with Spring and the month of May. Its scientific name, Majalis, means belonging to May. There are many traditions of wearing this flower May first and it is significant in the pagan celebration of Beltane. It's also recognized as the flower of Gemini. It has been popular as a wedding flower for centuries, signifying happiness and purity.
These five matched black glass Victorian buttons each have a 1" diameter and are decorated with lily-of-the-valley sprays. The pattern is set in a recessed, matte black bowl, filled with a background of leaves. The bellflowers are raised and polished glossy. A brass inset on the backs for attachment. Stamped on reverse: "Pat'd Dec 28, 1880." Tiny flea bites to front edges. One bigger bite to back of one button and mold crazing evident to backs.
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