26th May 2019

New Finds:

New ‘Lovely Lady’ buttons: This is a new pattern in my collection.

This is only the second (partial) card of this type I’ve seen:

See the detail below. Also below, the only full card of this type I own.

Searching for “Boil Proof. Iron Proof” buttons in Trove, the term only comes up from 1946-9 in advertising.

Tailor’s button:

Wardrop (Collingwood): This button from Carol pairs the one in my collection from Wardrop’s Melbourne store. This is the first tailoring button I’ve seen of the “whistle” type, i.e. with one hole on top and two underneath. This allowed the thread attaching the button to sit below the surface of the button face.

25th May 2019

Tailoring button:

G. Griska, Preston

George Feliz Griezka was born in Austria in 1877. He  married Mary Ann Duffy in Melbourne in 1904 and was naturalised as an Australian citizen in 1905.  His name was variously spelt as Griezka, Griczka and Griska. The couple moved to Wangaratta where Mary had family, but moved back to Melbourne in 1914. George operated his tailoring concern in Preston from 1924 until at least 1949. Mary died in 1930, and George remarried in 1945. He died in 1960.

For Your Viewing Pleasure:

Muscatine Pearl Works:

Established in 1890 as the Muscatine Pearl Novelty Company , with the name changed in 1920. Sold buttons under the Luckday branding from 1935.

Both circa late 1940s-1950s
This lady appeared on many cards, sometimes with various names such as Nonne, Bonnie, Alice and Vivien.

24th May 2019

New Finds: Carol shared this design back on 11th April 2017, mounted on a Coronet card but with hand-painted details. Circa 1940s.

I have shared many versions of the “Beauclaire Rose”. The design was recycled for decades. When I bought this example I thought it was another version mounted on lucite, but no! It is glass!

Six of these have been mounted on faux-velvet covered cardboard, and set in a cheap gift box.

Did Beauclaire import the glass buttons and embellish them with the rose? Were the buttons in their entirety made overseas? Who were the nameless and forgotten designers, whose work was so successful?

These versions are mounted on lucite.

For your viewing pleasure:

Batterson & Wessels were established in 1899 and closed in 1968. Love the border graphics. see below for a close up. Cards date 1900-1920s, I guess.
The card on the left has printed ‘copyright 1923’. Produced by the Iowa Pearl Button Company from 1916.

23rd May 2019

From the past; Articles from Trove about Stokes

The Argus, 3rd November 1862: Thomas Stokes had been criticised for his production of traders’ tokens that were used as unofficial currency in British colonies due to a lack of pennies and half-pennies. They were made illegal in 1863 in Victoria.
The Age, 25th January 1927:
The Herald. 28th January 1922: Stokes & Sons produced the buttons for the RAAF uniforms shown here.

21st May 2019

New finds:

Australian uniform buttons:

Queen’s crown. AJ Parkes
Royal Australian Artillery, King’s crown PJ King and Stokes & Sons. The map on the (larger) Stokes button is distorted, with a tiny little dot of Tasmania squeezed in as an afterthought.
Some well polished and corroded Edward VII (1901-1911) Royal Australian Artillery and AIF buttons by Stokes & Sons.

20th May 2019

More beautiful MOP cards:


A rather buxon lass from an unknown company. ? 1930s
Yet another smoking guy with his tie blowing to the side. 1940s
Another unknown company. ?1920-30s
There are online images of sample cards of glass buttons from the 1920s of this brand.
Another mystery brand: have also seen plastic buttons. ?1950s from the UK
A bit tatty, ? 1900-1920s

19th May 2019

The Bendigo Buttonfest yesterday was a wonderful day: Lots of  hard work paid off with laughter, learning, buying and selling. No doubt a few new collectors have caught the button collecting bug!

Here’s a few Australian buttons I found. I also have a lot of carded mother-of-pearl buttons (Thanks Pat!) that I’ll share soon.


Loose buttons (top) a Beutron Original, Australian Lighthouse Service (featured previously) a plain PJ King, and a South Australian School button.
British made Beutron ‘Wash buttons’, mid-late 1940s.
Back of schoolbutton: Badge A Minit (a South Australian button and badge making and equipment company in Norwood)

16th May 2019

Carr’s Fasteners: see also 15th March 2019

I’m going to change the name of the “Grippers” page to Carr fasteners, as they obviously made more than just Grippers!

Hope to see many of you at the Bendigo Buttonfest on Saturday 18th May in the St Andrew’s Uniting Church Hall. I’ll report back when I get home. In the mean time ….

Australian Women’s Weekly, 1st October 1938

14th May 2019

Carol’s Slouch Hat collection: refer to 6th May 2109 post.

Although Carol has labelled these as a fund raiser from WW2, I suspect they may be post WW2 as I can find no newspaper article about them, and fundraising “Button Days” were well covered in the media. Has anyone a green one, or any other colour not shown above, to complete Carol’s collection? Contact me if you can help.

Late 1940s-early 50s Beutron Button card: also from Carol.


Beutron copyrighted its ‘Opal-Glo’ formula in December 1948. Cards like these probably pre-dated the “All Purpose” style card. Beutron produced cards that held 1 or 2 dozen buttons possibly up to 1953, but from 1949 they were promoting their smaller cards that, depending on the button size, held 1-9 buttons. Perhaps customers did not want to pay for buttons they didn’t need, and stores no longer wanted to cut up cards and be left with remnants.

13th May 2019

More Tailors’ Buttons:

A detectorist has asked me to investigate a tailor’s button marked “Benson Parramatta”:

Robert Benson and partners ran a business as Drapers and clothiers  in Alburn Street, Goulburn under the name of ‘Butler & Co” which was sold in 1879. Robert then went to Parramatta where he ran a tailor’s and outfitter’s business until his untimely death of rheumatic fever in June 1885, at the age of only 35 years.

Twentymans, Ballarat:

Twentyman & Stamper were established around 1858  at 23 Bridge Street, Ballarat. When Thomas Stamper retired in February 1878 the partnership between Stamper and John Twentyman was dissolved, with John continuing alone as ‘ J. Twentyman, The People’s Tailor”. He died in 1899, aged seventy, his son Thomas inheriting and continuing the business under the same name. He had been born in Exter, England, came come to Victoria in 1854. He was remembered as a benevolent and charitable man. The business was succeed in 1909 by ‘Brown and Morris’.



The Ballarat Star, 13th July 1909