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21st October 2017

Here are some early Beutron Opal-Glo buttons, as well as some Originals, all from the early 1950s.

…. and some general purpose buttons dating from the 1950s to 1970s.  The ‘Tecpearl’ was styled as a plastic pearl look alike.

and,  finally,  an advert from the Sydney Morning Herald, 14th Jan 1947,  page 5,   entitled “New uses for Plastics”.

The blurb states ‘Buttons and dress “trims” and cosmetic containers are made of such plastics as styron and ethocel. The transparent chair is made of lucite, and in new York to-day costs the equivalent of 80 pounds.’ (Ethocel  are a class of  thermoplastic cellulose ethers).


20th October 2017

This set of cards shows that the Myers Emporium buttons were most likely supplied by Beutron, as the cards are the same.

Below is a large card plus some partial large cards.  The card of Wash Buttons is new to me,  and the only one I have so far with the Herring logo at the top.

19th October 2017

Here’s a collection of Woolworths and Coles buttons from the late 1960s into the 1970s.

Now for something different.

From 1940 onwards a handy item was advertised for sale: the Teledex! This advert was  published in The Land (Sydney) 20th December 1940. They were originally made of bakelite. Later there were metal versions. This style was still being sold in 1954 (and possibly later).

Here are some variations.

The Sun (Sydney) 28th August 1946.













Die Castors started way back in 1926,  making quality car furnishings (like door handles and windscreen wipers) in Richmond. In 1937 the company expanded to Adelaide and England.

They were producing Kingsley Ware in the 1950s, and were still in existence in the 1960s.



18th October 2017

Before General Plastics adopted the ‘Beuaclaire’ branding, they produced ‘plastic buttons’, like these lacy black and red flowers.

A variety of 1940-50s General Plastic buttons. The white Beauclaires I have only previously seen on ‘Woolworths Boilproof’ cards.


17th October 2017

One modest card of Beauclaire buttons set me off on quite an historical search!

This card dates from 1953-54 when a cross promotion occurred between Twinprufe knitting wool and Beauclaire buttons, distributed by Paterson,  Laing and Bruce.

Firstly the wool:  Twinprufe refers to it being ‘moth-proof’ and ‘shrink-proof’.  The wool was produced by F.W. Hughes P/L at their Alexandria Spinning Mills.  Frederick Hughes established this firm of pastoralists,  meat producers,  canners, skin merchants,  wool spinners and textile manufacturers in 1915.  In 1966 it became a subsidiary of Ralli Australia P/L.

Secondly the buttons:  According to advertising  “The Twinprufe button has been especially designed in weight and size to compliment every hand-knitted garment”  and were available in 2 sizes and 70 shades to perfectly match the wool.

Thirdly the distributers:  The origins of this  importing and manufacturing company stretches back to Geelong in 1850.  After various partnerships it became Paterson, Laing and Bruce in 1879.  By 1883 their warehouse in Flinders Lane, Melbourne, was the largest in Victoria.  By 1909 they were leading retailers in Australia.  They had a branch in London and through expansion and mergers spread to Sydney, Hobart and Adelaide.

Flinders Lane warehouse, circa 1899.

The Mr. Bruce of the company’s name was John Munro Bruce.  His son, who was the acting chairman of the company in 1909, was Stanley Melbourne Bruce.  He became the eighth Prime Minister of Australia, serving this role from 1923-1929.

John Munro Bruce, 1899.

Stanley Melbourne Bruce, 1923.









This is a delightfully patriotic advert advert from 1947.

Australian Women’s Weekly, 25th January 1947.

An enlargement of their ‘Pledge to the Nation” is below…

You can see the PLB shield on the card of buttons (so they were quality buttons, guaranteed).

An advert from 1954 can be viewed on the Vintage Advertising: Beauclaire page.

14th October 2017

Thanks so much to Robyn and the committee for such a wonderful Buttonfest today.  As usual much money was spent on new treasures!  Sorry to those not able to make it.  Perhaps you will make it next year;  it is a great opportunity to learn,  met nice people and add to your collection!

I bought a uniform button today that sent me researching  Trove (the National Library of Australia’s online collection of scanned historical newspapers and more) as well as my Ancestory subscription. It has cleared up a tailoring mystery.







Walter Monckton: Fitzroy then Melbourne.

Walter was born in Fitzroy in 1856.  Around 1870 he was apprenticed as a tailor,  and with his brother John continued in this trade until retirement.  He first traded from Brunswick Street, Fitzroy,  and later in Flinders Street, Melbourne.  He emmigrated to Surrey, England some time after 1919 and lived out his years there.

I have previously shared this picture of a W.Mockton uniform button with you.







There appears to have been confusion over the spelling of Walter’s surname,  with the variations of Mockton, Moncton and Monckton occuring, the last being the correct one.  Whilst I have got used to this kind of error/confusion over names whilst researching genelogy,  this is the first time I have discovered this in button collecting.

There is a picture of a Moncton uniform available via Trove:

13th October 2017

Another puzzle! I have just received today a Walkers branded card of stunning glass buttons, which is the exact design of a Beutron button advertised as produced in Sydney!

And now a detail from the Beutron advert dated May 1954.

The button in question is on the bottom row, 3rd from the left.

I have also uncovered an advert for ‘Costume Jewellery by Walkers’ from 1956.

Australian Women’s Weekly, 25th January 1956. Advert for Costume Jewellery by Walkers distributed by E. Walker & Son P/L

11th October 2017

New finds:  Aren’t the buckles lovely?

The Fletcher Jones buttons were obviously spares for a jacket sold by them.  According to a dictionary definition,  a reefer jacket is a thick close-fitting double-breasted jacket.  The buttons are styled like military uniform buttons,  but the crown and cypher aren’t ‘correct’.  None-the-less,  interesting as a part of history.

Tailor’s button:

J. Miller Anderson & Co: Adelaide

This button reaches back to the early days of Adelaide. 

James Miller Anderson was a draper and merchant from 1857,  when the partnership of  ‘Miller, Anderson and Company’  was dissolved,  which in turn sprang from ‘Miller, Anderson and Hawkes’ (before the death of Robert Hawkes  in 1856.)   This in turn sprang from the former ‘Miller and Lucking’ in 1848,  and before that  ‘Miller and Bryden’s’  in 1843.  This  was preceeded by  ‘Sanders and Miller’  in 1841 which came about from the amalgamation of two drapers,  ‘Sanders and Whyte’  (from 1839) and ‘Miller and Gale’  (from 1840),  both situated in Hindley Street, Adelaide.  Whew!

A new store was built in 1863 which was used for the next century.  Around 1927 the Sydney company  ‘Marcus Clark & Co’  accquired the business.  Waltons bought  ‘Marcus Clark’  in 1966 then Venture bought Waltons in 1987.   Unfortunately,  Miller Anderson went into receivership the following year,  after 148 years of trading as the state’s oldest department store.

The Advertiser, 28th December 1936.

Illustration in the Advertiser, 12th July 1933.