New finds: A nice collection of partial cards of a similar style Beauclaire button in 3 sizes and various colours, and a whole card of pearl-like buttons that were fashionable in the 1950’s for adorning cardigans, etc.
New tailor’s buttons:
F. A. Johnson, Richmond:
Frederick Adolph Johnson was born in Dunedin, New Zealand in 1888. From 1930 he lived in Richmond, moving to Morwell around 1939.
Ince Bros., Melbourne:
Richard Ince and his brother Arthur owned this tailoring firm. Richard was born in Collingwood in 1863. Soon after the family moved to Ballarat were his father, Richard senior, was a cutter for L. S. Christie & Co, before going into partnership as ‘Young and Ince’. The sons also worked with this firm. Around 1887 Arthur moved to Geelong and Richard moved to Melbourne. They operated as Ince Bothers, with Richard located in Swanston Street. They would travel to country towns such as Camperdown, Kyneton and Yackandanda to take fittings for suits.
In 1901 their mother died in Ballarat. Richard senior re-married in 1903, at the age of 71 years, to a 25 year old woman in Melbourne. Having married in the afternoon they booked into a hotel. Twenty minutes after retiring, the new bride ran to the manager for help; her husband lying dead in his bed. Oh dear!
A new plastic button from Fletcher Jones that looks like pearl-shell.
The warmer weather (at last) has me thinking about Spring fashions. Here are a couple of ideas from 1907 and 1909.
Latest finds: Excellent condition Beutron cards from circa 1950.
… plus some new Disneys (unfortunately the blue Chip as a snapped shaft) as well as a Beauclaire rabbit and a very 3D Darian button. Apparently American collectors are now aware of Grant Featherston’s ‘Darian’ branded glass buttons from the 1950s, so unfortunately prices may increase!
Today we celebrate an excuse for hats, gloves, frocks and, of course, buttons, with a round up of Melbourne Cup fashions.