stout horn buttons


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Hi folks, this is cited from Redburn by Hermann Melville (1849)
Redburn’s elder brother gives him his own shooting jacket.
My question: what is “horn” here? It refers to shape of the buttons or material?

"Wellingborough, as you are going to sea, suppose you take this shooting-jacket of mine along; it's just the thing--take it it will save the expense of another. You see, it's quite warm; fine long skirts, stout horn buttons, and plenty of pockets."
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