Lastest finds (thanks to Robyn):
Have you noticed how many times the Ducks appeared over the decades? Possibly the earliest was the Rex version circa 1949, then the Beauclaire “Tiny Tots” circa 1954.
For the first time in over a year I revisited my husband’s long-gone grandmother’s buttons and sewing items. I didn’t realist there were some tailor’s buttons amongst them. (It was Daisy’s buttons that started me asking questions about buttons and lead me to the Victorian Button Collector’s Club.) Daisy and her husband Richard Glover lived in Brighton and had a business in Bridport Street, South Melbourne.
C. A. Jago, South Melbourne:
Charles Arthur Jago (1893-1955), in partnership with his uncle, Holmes Gillman Jago, were merchant tailors in Bank Street. His uncle retired in 1927.
W. Beckefeld, Albert Park:
From 1921 until circa 1933, the premises of William Frederick Beckefeld’s tailoring business was only several shops down from Glover’s hardware store in Bridport Street. How convenient!
Also from her sewing kit, some cotton reels and linen thread.
I thought J.Dewhurst & Sons, Skipton were Australian, but this advert shows they were British.
James Miller & Co. Pty. Ltd. were rope, twine, & mat manufacturers located in Yarraville, then later Brunswick and Warragul. The company was founded in 1868 by James Miller and grew into the largest rope, thread and twine makers in the country. It was liquidated in 1978.
Recently Carol shared with me a Kitchener button she had found. Soon after I also came across another one:
Carol’s looks more modern:
A piece on Kitchener can be found on the Federation to WW2 page.
Update:Carol tells me that the tilted “Lazy Anchor” dates my button from around WW1. the anchor is upright in WW2 era buttons. Carol’s button may be a South Australian one.
Sometimes you can look at something… and all of a sudden things fall into place. Here’s a picture of an American card of buttons; does anything seem familiar?
Yes; it’s the a design used by G.Herring to make Beutron buttons in Sydney.
Around 1940-41 Mr. Marshall Ney visited America to secure the rights to a process to coat non-ferrous materials (such as plastic) with metal. G.Herring (of which he was the General Manager) would used this process in making metal coated “Beutron Originals” such as the above. The company must have also bought the rights to some button designs, such as the cherry one.
Back in the day, some newspapers and magazines offered pattern services. For a fee you could buy sewing patterns via post. Can you imagine current newspapers bothering?
Fashion dictates a generous use of buttons for trimming….