13th July 2018

New Beutron finds:

Although these are all of the same design, the plastic on the older 2 cards is heavier and glossier than that on the later card. The older buttons may be made of cellulose acetate, and the newer of nylon.

11th July 2018

Another uniform button thanks to Cam Smith:

Frederick Hughes: His establishment operated from Erkine Street, Sydney, from around 1884 to 1931.

The Worker (Wagga Wagga) 17th June 1899.

The Australian United Steam Navigation Company formed in 1887 from the merger of two shipping companies, and ran until 1961.

The company flag, seen on the buttons was as below:

10th July 2018

Cam Smith has found a tailor’s buttons:

Merchant shipping company uniform button: Howard Smith Line

Back mark: O’Neill & Co Sydney

Michael O’Neill was a master tailor in Sydney. In 1843 he moved to King Street then in 1844 to Bridge Street.  In 1847 he was planning to leave Sydney due to ill health, but if so, he soon returned as he advertised as he recommenced business in 1848. He advertised as “M. O’Neill & Co., Outfitters and Tailors” at 555 George Street (opposite Bridge Street)  until 1855, and died in 1856.

From 1853 there was advertised the tailors “O’Neill & Ross”  then later “O’Neill & Co” in Lower George Street. This was James O’Neill, possibly a relative (?son). There is a connection with the O’Neill’s of Maitland, New South wales, where another James O’Neill  ran a draper’s store in the 1860s.

According to the Australian National Maritime Museum:

“Howard Smith Limited was established in 1854 by Captain William Howard Smith, who began transporting both people and supplies to the goldfields. Originally founded as William Howard Smith and Sons Pty Ltd, the company became Howard Smith Company Ltd in 1901 and in 1914 changed to Howard Smith Limited. The company has interests in distribution of hardware, towage and safety. According to deListed Howard Smith Ltd. was delisted from the Australian Stock Exchange on 17 October 2001 because it was taken over (compulsory) by Wesfarmers Retail Pty Ltd.”

It is therefore likely that the button came from the business belonging to James, but possibly Michael.

6th July 2018

New finds:

There is a printers code on the card (259-10M-30/8/39-12) It sure looks like a date! this means this card was printed in 1938. looking at my one other Myers card of this type, it incldeds the numerals ’39’. I didn’t realsie they were that old!

The buttons have attractive cut-through detailing.

1938 was a significant year for Myers. In February Elcon Boevski Myer( an elder brother of Sidney) died. He had preceeded Sidney to Australia, and been involved with the business from its very start in Bendigo. A nephew, Norman Myer, would take over as the new head of the business. In September they held an exhibition of marble statues within the store.


And thanks so much Pat: a metal Goofy!

4th July 2018

Most appropriate for Independence Day, a new card of Disney buttons!

I have previously guessed these buttons to date from the late 1950s. However, if the “12 cents each” penciled in price was written when the buttons were new, it may be the mid-late 1960s. These are a new colour variation.


2nd July 2018

New finds:


On the back of the koalas is a pasted advert for “Surfo” swim trunks, requiring 5 coupons. This dates the card around 1944.

Embassy cards, 1970s.

Maxart with dual price sticker, i.e. 1966.

A Beauclaire buckle. The buttons may be by Leda.