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Push button assembly

Object Number: 
2002.77.5
Date: 
ca. 1900
Medium: 
Wood, metal, mother of pearl
Dimensions: 
Overall: 3 1/4 x 2 1/8 x 1 in. ( 8.3 x 5.4 x 2.5 cm )
Description: 
Push button assembly in rectangular oak back with beveled edges; two mother of pearl push buttons (one light, one dark) surrounded by metal rings.
Gallery Label: 
These push buttons are typical of the type used to ring tenants at a two-family home in the early 20th century. The lighter colored button called the upstairs family; the darker button called the downstairs tenant.
Credit Line: 
Gift of David M. Lutzker
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group