AD Buttons, Hooks, Buckles
The jolly convenient eyelets crossed England
shores to every country in Europe, and in no time most of the world
was string to the eyelets. Till in the 17th century, a German goldsmith
and an unknown seaman thought better.
The enterprising goldsmith filled the eyelets with buttons but lavishly
covered with precious metals and inlaid with expensive gems, only
the upper class could afford them. The common man adopted the concept
of buttons and made it with fabric, shells, polished rocks and fine
Now about the unknown seaman's struggle. British seamen faced severe
handicaps when the violent sea splashed ice cold water on them and
they couldn't get rid of the sodden clothes tightly shrewn together
either by strings or buttons. The common man adopted the concept
of buttons. An unknown seaman took it upon himself to find a solution
and he invented the hook and eye fastener, which was very simple
and dependable and was called as 'The Hook'.
The unknown seaman worked further on his invention and produced
the world's first belt buckle, which enabled the sailors to fasten
and unfasten their garments in any weather.