Though they didn't have modern plastic in the Victorian era, they had a large variety of other materials for buttons (sliced antlers, anyone?). And there were always the ones you could make yourself!
Fabric covered buttons were very popular. Ladies would use horn, bone or other available articles for the button form and sew the fabric around it by hand. This is a cute double button style from a wrapper.
Of course, you could make those fabric buttons even more fun by putting them in a bed of lace!
Here are some big showy fabric buttons on another wrapper.
Another favorite button style was glass. So shimmery and pretty!
A twist on fabric buttons - these are silk buttons with a mesh net over them. Wow!
Now we come to the really fun ones - Dorset buttons! These are handmade buttons woven onto a ring. Some are solid, some are hollow.
Here's a close-up. Isn't this neat?
I just couldn't resist trying these myself. Here are some I made for Mom for Christmas. Don't you think they'll look smashing on a jacket?
And here's some I currently have listed in my Etsy shop.
Wow! Who needs plastic buttons anyway?!