24th March 2018

New Zealand buttons:

Beauty buttons were a brand name used by G.Herring in New Zealand but not Australia.

An exciting ‘new’ button from Pat (Thanks!!)

A hand painted plastic Cinderella button.

It has the same shank as the Disney buttons shared previously, so it may have also been made by Coronet. Unless we find some mounted, we can only guess. However, see the 1951 advert below:

I previously thought this was simply ‘poetic licence’ because of this card belonging to Sonia. Maybe there were actually real Disney Cinderellas as well.

“Cinderella” buttons. As mentioned before, these fish were originally a Rex design,  a Beauclaire then finally a Beutron design, due to mergers over the years.

23rd March 2018

New finds:

The ‘W’ chevron branding dates from 1972 until 1989. These buttons date from the 1970s by their pricing.

First time I’ve seen the old Beauclaire ‘Tiny Tot’ elephant on a Embassy card. The elephant does not appear to have had the same appeal as the ducks and fish.

A different Howes and Howes tailoring button:

22nd March 2018

New tailor’s button:

Ashmans, Bendigo:

W. G. Ashman

William George Ashman (1870-1944) started as a tailor in High Street, Eaglehawk circa 1891.  In 1908 he admitted into partnership  his brother, Arthur Thomas Ashman, as “Ashman Bros. tailors, hatters and mercers”, but by 1915 the partnership was dissolved. William continued as W.G. Ashman “The Northern District Tailors” and Arthur moved to Bacchus marsh to run his own business, although he moved back to Eaglehawk in 1918.

Bendigonian, 16 December 1915.

William had some trouble along the way. In 1901 he has to give up all his assets to creditors. In 1909 he was sentenced to 6 weeks gaol for buying gold without a licence; the authorities clamping down on this practice due to its link with gold stealing.

In 1936 William registered a new company of Ashman (William George) and Sons Pty Ltd with his sons William Basil, Eric Raglus, John Osbourne and Charles Kenneth. This business was in liquidation in 2007.

20th March 2018

New tailor’s buttons.

Whiteside, Ballarat:

The Ballarat Star 12th September 1865.

Myles Pennington Whiteside, born in Lancaster, England in 1831, arrived in Melbourne in 1854 and moved to Ballarat the following year. He opened his own tailoring and general mercery establishment in Ballarat in 1865. In 1867 he was described as a military tailor. Around 1891 his son Norman Ernest Whiteside joined the firm, now called Whiteside and Son, then after his death in 1908, Whiteside’s.

From the State Library of Victoria c.1940-54.

I. & J. Roff, Ballarat:

Joseph Roff (probably the younger).

Brothers Isaac (1819-1892) and Joseph (1827-1894) Roff started the firm of I. and J. Roff  in 1854. As  ‘Tailors and Colonial Manufacturers’. Under Joseph’s management, they claimed to be the oldest tailoring firm in Ballarat.  The brothers also had a ‘bill posting’ and advertising contracting business with offices in Melbourne, Sydney and Ballarat. Isaac was the director of the Melbourne office in Little Flinders Street. His son (also called Joseph) would join the tailoring firm, which was still going in 1928.

From Museum of Applied Arts and Science c.1910. This is in Sydney. the name Roff can be seen above the posters.


18th March 2018

New Zealand buttons:

Location of Kawau Island off the North Island of NZ.

Kawau Island lies in the Hauraki Gulf off the north Eastern coast of New Zealand. It is approximately 8×5 km. Ten percent of the Island is under control of the Department of Conservation, including an historical mansion and remains of  a copper mine. Considerable damage has been done to the environment due to introduced species, particularly wallabies. A trust is working to reverse some of this damage. The wooden buttons may be tourist or perhaps fundraising items.


17th March 2018

Coronet buttons:

From Carol.

“RAAF” insignia fashion buttons. Detail below. Note that it has a King’s crown.

I imagine that such a design must have been inspired by the outbreak of WW2 (the RAAF dating from 1921). This dates this button c.1939-1945.

Current version with Queen’s crown.

16th March 2018

‘KKK’ buttons:

The china buttons come from Birchcroft China (who also make collectable thimbles). The realistics are all from JHB (owned by Blumenthal Lansing Corp. since 2014). The picture button is of a cockatoo (note the crest feathers) in the style of an Austrian Tiny, but a little larger.

Pelican, koala, budgerigars, clown fish, penguins, koala, cockatoo.

15th March 2018

Carol has shared some more of her wonderful collection. The first is a Landico button. I’ve only seen a few of their buttons so far, but they are all  cast metal fancy buttons with self shanks. The backs are  rough and unfinished, with sharp edges and lumps. This is the first I’ve seen with a (?)painted finish.







Some more Shell Oil uniform buttons.






Carol has guessed that they were from service station uniforms. However, on sites such as Kelly Badges they are described as from merchant navy (in particular oil tankers) uniforms. Service station attendants did wear uniforms; such as a shirt, slacks (or skirt) and tie and jacket. I don’t think they were formal enough to require brass or Stay-brite buttons.  And yes,  ladies got in the act too!