Though objects such as these are conventionally called “dress fasteners” and “sleeve fasteners,” their exact purpose is unknown. It has been proposed that the smaller “sleeve fastener” worked much like a modern cufflink: the disks would have been drawn through slits in the garment. The “dress fastener” may have been secured by loops sewn onto the garment.
Sotheby's, London(May 19-22, 1913, no. 420); International Studio Corporation, New York (until 1940); [ Brummer Gallery, Paris and New York (1940–sold 1947)]
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