New Finds: 1950s Beutrons and at the bottom, 1970s. Note the elephant design; originally a Beauclaire Tiny Tot design from 1954.
On the “Other Pre-Federation” page ( seehttp://www.ausbuttonhistory.com/?page_id=10901) I mention the notorious story of the ‘Kangaroo Office’, both because of it’s link with Thomas Stokes, and as an interesting story in its own right. The Queenslander newspaper series on Numismatic History in 1895 shed more light on the story, as the author had interviewed Thomas Scaife, one of the managers of this failed mint …
Stokes and Martin:
Examples of the company’s work as illustrated in newspapers: Unless otherwise noted, these illustrations come from a series of articles entitled ‘A Numismatic History of Australia’ that ran in The Queenslander in 1895.
A couple of the approximately 40 Jubilee medals issued in 1887. Many of these were produced by Stokes & Martin.
Coronation medals presented to WA children in 1911.
Army Championships Victoria.
Stokes & Sons
Australian Bicentennial Trade Fair (Brisbane Expo) memorial medallion:
The front of the medallion proudly proclaims that Stokes exhibited at the 1880, 1888, 1980 and 1988 International Trade Fairs. The back shows the Royal Exhibition Buildings as depicted on a 1888 medal, and the name at that time of ‘Stokes & Martin’.
Also from Stokes, a Government of Tasmania uniform button with a King’s Crown:
Speaking of Stokes & Martin, here is one that got away …
First Australian Horse 1897-1903. I wonder if there was an error in the advert, as Stokes and Martin dissolved their partnership in 1893.
The design has a kangaroo and emu supporting a shield emblazoned with the cross of St George and the Southern Cross, with a carbine and sword crossed in front secured by a boomerang.
Carol’s new finds: One of the ducks still has a remnant of wool from the time it was attached on a knitted garment.
Carol’s new finds:
Many of the individual buttons above are Australian made, but not all. here’s details from a couple of Beauclaire adverts from the 1950s:
“C” Day, the day that decimal currency was introduced in Australia, was on the 14th February 1966. The phasing in period was initially planned to be for 2 years, but things went so smoothly that it was shortened to 18 months.
Some inspiration for your knitting from the Australian Women’s Weekly, 22nd May 1943:
Carol’s ceramic collection:
Some of these may have been made around 1950 by the unknown Melbourne Company mentioned in the 29th February post. Some may have been made by Anna Louise Alma, a Sydney based Parisian making buttons from around 1947-57. Some may be the work of Stacha Halpern post 1939. They are not Marie Gardner’s. Carol and her husband have an extensive collection of those, and these have different backs and shanks. Who ever made them, they are typical of ceramic and glass buttons being produced post WW2, when other button making materials were in short supply.