Thanks to Sandra from Queensland for this cute collection!
Sometimes a collector finds something exciting. Those you have read the page on Coronet buttons will have seen my small collection of Disney character buttons dated from 1948-1953. Novelty buttons are very popular amongst collectors in the States. These Disney buttons are hard to find for these collectors, and only tend to come from Australian sources. Today I received 4 Donald Duck buttons in the mail. They are the same design as the metal example I already owned, although with a different colour background. However, the metal button is further embedded into a plastic surround, making quite a fancy button. Of further interest, on one button his beak is coloured orange as apposed to white as on the others. Hopefully there are more Disney characters out there waiting for me!
The Australian Women’s Weekly presents Fashion Frocks for you to sew!
Ladies and gents, may I show you some delicious new fashions? Enjoy!
Carol, you have a lot to answer for! Sooner or later you’ve got to stop sending me mysteries to solve! (Only kidding. It’s fun.) Her latest challenge is to tell the story of buttons made into hat pins. The following is taken from a a presentation to the Victorian Button Collectors Club in February:
Hat pins were fashionable, and necessary, from circa 1850-1930’s to secure one’s hat upon one’s head! Hats of this era were large and elaborate, requiring pinning to stop them coming off or being blown away. They consisted of a metal shaft with a decorative head, and later on, a safety protector to guard against accidental stabbing! Mind you, ladies were actually encouraged to use them as defensive weapons against “unwelcome advances”! During WW1 women had made, or DIY, their sweetheart’s uniform buttons into hat pins. Patriotic sets of buttons and hat pins were also produced for women to wear to show support of the war effort.
Here are some button/hat pin examples:
Solomon (Solly/Sol) Davis was a tailor /clothing manufacturer who lived in Carlton and had premises in Russell and Lonsdale Sts., Melbourne before and after WW1. In 1931 Sol. Davis Pty. Ltd went into liquidation.
Francis (Frank) Stuart lived 1844 -1910. He was apprenticed to a draper in Sydney, but as he eloped with his bosses’ daughter, he high-tailed it to Melbourne in 1866. He worked for McIvor & Lincoln, and on the death of McIvor in 1889 the company was registered as Lincoln Stuart & Co. ltd. In 1885 they were contracted to supply uniforms for the NSW Sudan regiment. The Australian War Memorial has a doublet from a uniform of the Victorian Scottish Regiment (c 1900) and Museum Victoria has a straw boater hat from the company. The company was taken over by John Snow & Co. Ltd in 1926. See more in his biography; http://adb.anu.edu.au/biography/stuart-francis-frank-8704
William Howard Smith, mariner and ship owner, started a steamship company in Australia in 1883, which continued until 2001. See his biography http://adb.anu.edu.au/biography/smith-william-howard-4620
Carol has been checking out her rare uniform buttons and giving me a bad case of envy. Here are some of her collection.
This is a rare button believed to be from the Castlemaine Fire Brigade. The Backmark is W.MOCKTON. FITZROY. It took some effort, but I managed to find a reference online from a 1913 street directory;
From South Australia:
The Shierlaw’s were tailors, outfitters and merchants who had a large mail order business. They supplied uniforms for South Australian Military Forces from around 1877 through to 1901. They also supplied uniforms for Station Masters, for Cadet Corps and for the police. In 1906 when they opened a new store of “excellent design” in Gisbourne, New Zealand. The business continued in family hands until approximately 1920.
Here is today’s handy hint .
Ladies! Check out the lovely fashions ideas from your local newspapers.
Well, new things just keep popping up. Look at these cute Woolworths Spares MOP buttons, and compare them with the plastic ‘Tecpearl’. Tecpearl were meant to be so like real MOP that “only an oyster can tell the difference”. A slight exaggeration?
This button is special. It is made from a mint condition silver 1910 King Edward VII threepence. I wondered at that, as it is illegal to deface/alter current Australian currency. However, this was the year the King died. I presume some coins were not released and so could legitimately be made into commemorative waistcoat buttons.