I bought these Italian-made mother of pearl buttons from Zuffanelli in Florence. The family that runs it has sold stockings, buttons, trim and lace here since 1842 -- that's a lonnggg time. Their walnut cabinetry is gorgeous. How lovely they would be lining the walls of my sewing room. The shop is across from the Orsanmichele church of Florence's craft and trade guilds. How fitting!
Maximillian, goodbye, you've had a long life of many, many dog-years. Rest in peace, Max, and may you have all the milk bones you ever want.