Button charm string panel, large, rectangular board covered with yellow fabric w/many decorative black buttons on board covered with yellow burlap fabric. A Charm String has 999 buttons and no two alike. This fad started in the 1850's. Young girls collected buttons on a string. Before coming to the end of the 999 buttons, the charm was supposed to work and you would find a future husband. There was a secret button on the string. When it was showed to a friend, if they touched it and stop to admire it then that was the button to be given to them or they could choose another from the collection.