By Cathy Buresch
Vintage buttons and antique buttons have many things in common. They both were used as closures for clothing, some were sew on and some have some sort of shank in order to attach the button to the clothing, to name a few. But notable differences include the following:
Antique buttons must be approximately 100 years old or older and the button must retain at least half of the original character, which means that if the button is fully restored it has lost its antique status.
Vintage buttons are between 50 and 100 years old but also apply to a specific era or year.