New tailor’s button: Harris & Boyd, Sydney
The Methodist, 3rd November 1923.
Mr H. E. Harris and Mr Omar Arthur Boyd operated as Harris & Boyd at 313 Pitt Street, Sydney, from around 1923 until 1929. Their slogan was “For a Better Suit”. Harris went on his own, but was in liquidation by 1931. He joined Mr H. V. Harris (presumably a relation) in the Eldon Chambers on Pitt Street in 1932-3.
Mr Boyd registered the name Harris & Boyd as a Limited company in 1936 which operated until 1975.
The Methodist,25th february 1933. Harris had left the partnership before this date.
Old and newer Beutron. The newer ones are of pressed leather with an inserted metal loop shank.
Older and newer Embassy (c.1960 and late 1960s):
Mid 1960s Beutron. These buttons look the same as ‘Opal-glo’ buttons, but that name has been dropped.
Boilproofs ?1940s. Carol shared one of these cards with us a couple of years ago.
1950s Woolworths ‘Hi-style’ and c. 1970s beutron buckle.
New finds: Cygnet
I have yet to work out if this company were distributors or manufacturers. I have 4 sizings of the button below.
Beauclaire: The buttons on the right are faux-tortoise shell.
Helen has shared another shade of buttons from yesterday’s post.
New Beutron Originals:
The cards are fairly battered, but they show 4 colour variations (light and dark blue, brown and musk) of a style with a metal base and plastic cabochon. You can spot one with the cabochon lost.
I bought a vintage sewing basket because I noticed some interesting cards of buttons inside. I’m sure someone in the Victorian button Collectors’ Club will find the basket and its sewing accessories tempting at the next meeting. Whilst on the subject; the Club’s annual Buttonfest on 12th October (and 13th for members as well) is well worth a visit, even for those who have never heard of button collecting. it is held at the Burwood Heights Uniting Church on the corner of Burwood Hwy and Blackburn Roads.
Below are some Rex buttons that have quite a complex 3D design:
New uniform button: Adelaide Universities Regiment
by Stokes & Sons c.1950-1962
The AUR is an Army Reserve unit. based at the Hamstead Barracks in Adelaide, but with elements in the Northern Territory and Tasmania. It was first formed in 1948 and since 1991 has soley focused on training of Reserve officer cadets.
Note that the Leda branded bias binding was made in Scotland. The Rex buttons were distributed (so possibly not made) by Rex C. Norris.
After sharing the Beauclaire hair slides with you, I thought I’d follow up with these buckles from the MAAS collection: they are described as made of casein by General Plastics in Taree.
G. Herring were advertising for an executive in 1953. Note the wage.
The Herald, 4th April 1953.
A left wing writer sneered at the wages paid to outworkers to sew buttons onto cards. Compare the wages.
Tribune, 26th October 1955.
The button on the left (Tasmanian Police by Stokes and Sons) shows the cypher of the so called ‘King’s Crown’, or more accurately a Tudor crown. This indicates the button was used during the reign of either Edward VII (1901-1910), George V (1910-1936), Edward VIII(1936) or George VI(1936-1952). The top forms an arc.
The New South Wales Police button (back marked Amor Sydney) bears a ‘Queens Crown’ or more accurately St Edward’s Crown. This version with the gently rounded ‘shoulders’ on top is used for Queen Elizabeth II since 1952. A version with more angular or pointy shoulders was was in the reign of Queen Victoria (1837-1901). An example from diggerhistory,com is shown below.
Other versions of crowns have been used on medals and uniforms, and for the Navy. They are one way to date your buttons. The back marks can also help, as button markers and tailors existed for certain periods. Check out the relevant pages in this blog for more on this.
New button spotted online: Royal Motor Yacht Corp
No, this button which is backmarked ‘Kitchener Ltd Sydney’ is not from the Royal Melbourne Yacht Squadron. The RMYC has operated from Pittwater since 1926. For their history see https://www.royalmotor.com.au/the-club/rmyc-history
The original club house.