Marked "N.R. Co.
Goodyear's P=T 1851"
These were produced
between 1851 and 1872 by the Novelty Rubber Company .
****Note **** These
buttons are nearly 150 years old and will show some signs of wear.
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.