How to recognize real authentic Chanel Buttons?
If you just made your own Chanel-Style jacket, (and it looks like a real Chanel jacket!!!), it will be bloody perfect to use authentic Vintage Chanel buttons for it. You are going to buy them online, or perhaps you have found them on a vintage market.... Are they real? How do you recognize these beautiful button-jewels?
Back in time
Coco Chanel once started to produce buttons hand-made mainly from fabric. These couture-made fabric buttons are now very rare. These fabric buttons are often recognizable by the lion's head in the middle. A lot of buttons before the 1970s will actually have a lion’s head embossed on them.
Chanel buttons are also known for their logos of the letters C, the perfume bottles and even the famous jackets.
Chanel buttons are ALWAYS of quality and durable material. Metal, mother-of-pearl, rhinestones and jewels. Coco Chanel also used the Camellia flower as Theme. These Camellia flower buttons are mostly black/gold or white.
Real authentic Chanel buttons
These treasures are (rarely) on the market, because they are produced in small amounts and mostly made to match the unique garments. Vintage real authentic buttons are difficult to recognize because they used to match the garments perfectly. They are very expensive and for a collector of great value.
New Chanel buttons do not have stamping on the back. Vintage authentic Chanel buttons have stamping on the back. New Chanel buttons are often copied in China and very similar to the real (new) Chanel buttons.
Real Chanel buttons (especially the Vintage ones) are looking like little jewels.
Fake or copy-Chanel buttons are often lighter, of cheaper material and less subtle. Almost any copy-Chanel button is called a real Chanel-button. It all depends on where they are for sale. Do not expect treasure authentic Chanel buttons for sale on big internet selling-markets/websites.... If you can not believe it is real.... it probably isn't....
A great source: Vintage Chanel Buttons