Button Size Chart: Clothing Industry Directory

Ligne: A button's ligne, refers to a button's size. The word ligne, is a French word that became the standard reference used by German button manufacturers in the early eighteenth century. Ligne is the internationally recognized standard. Consensus at the time was that a "ligne" measured the inside diameter of a "round wick folded flat." One inch is equal to 40 English ligne, 11 French ligne, and 25.5 mm.

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LINGE     = MILLIMETERS = INCHES  
14 9.2 .362

 

16 10.5 .413
18 11.6 .457
20 12.5 .492
21 13.5 .531
22 14.2 .559
23 14.8 .583
24 15.0 .590
27 16.8 .661
28 17.8 .701
30 19.0 .748
32 20.5 .807
34 21.5 .846
36 22.9 .902
40 25.4 1.00
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