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FLY LORE: It is generally thought that the fly in egyptian mythology gave protection against disease or misfortune. Stone amulets in the form of flies were being made in Egypt as early as 3500 BC or thereabouts. In the Old and Middle Kingdom periods (2686-1650 BC), the fly was also depicted on various ritual artifacts, including the so called 'magic wands' often carved from hippopotamus ivory and probably intended to protect the owner from harm.
Although the precise symbolism of early fly amulets remains obscure, their significance during the later New Kingdom period (1550-1069 BC) is better documented. At this time the military decoration known as the 'order of the golden fly' (or 'fly of valour') was introduced and awarded for bravery in battle. The fly was perhaps used in this way because of it's apparent qualities of persistence in the face of opposition. One of the best known examples is a gold chain with three pendants in the form of 'flies of valour' from the tomb of Queen Ahhotep I (c.1550 BC) and now in the Egyptian Museum Cairo.
The fly hieroglyph was used to represent the word aff - meaning 'a fly' - or in later times (c.1550 BC onwards) as a symbol of bravery.



Antique Perfume Button

Elegant antique fabric back PERFUME button


Fly Insect Perfume Button

Beautiful antique perfume button with a brass fly. I think the metal might be pewter. The velvet background has a brass inset of an insect - fly. It is in good condition. It measures 10/16". This is an OLD one. Fly Lore, Meanings and Superstition.

Size: 10/16"

Price: $0.00

Men and women have used buttons to lavishly adorn themselves throughout the ages. King Louis XIV, ruler of France from 1643 to 1715, was known to spend large amounts of money on buttons. King Francis I, ruler of France from 1515 to 1547, had 13,600 gold buttons on a single coat. At some point in history, which no one can be sure of, someone realized that slipping a fabric cord around a button, or into a slit cut into the fabric that the button was attached too, made what was just a decorative item, into a useful item. Clothing could be ‘snugged’ up, making a loose fitting blouseor robe, into a form fitting design. This led to advancements in clothing styles that is still being achieved through modern day.

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