Felt accessories. Lace frills . Military styling. Shoulder lines. Wasp waists. Jacket suits. Smart hats and gloves. Straw hats. Red.
A very special button:
This button was bought by a club member at an Op-shop for 5 cents. Sob!
There is no markers mark on the back, however it is marked as sterling silver. It may possibly be the work of William Edwards, a reknown silversmith from gold rush era Melbourne.
Whilst kangaroos and emus were common motifs, this example of his work does demonstrate similar palm trees/tree ferns. If not his work, it probably is the same era, 1850-1870s.
Rich colours, especially pink. Edwardian and Victorian styles. Large jewels. Imitation jewels. Pearls, sequins and diamantes. Fans. Brushed up hair held with combs. Large belt buckles (still). Pins and clips. Puffed sleeves with sharp silhouettes. War brings new austerity. Propeller brooches. Turbans.
Cute pale pink heart buttons. The card is scored so that the shaft can be pushed through before the front is shrink wrapped, doing away with the need to sew or staple the buttons onto the card.
Below is a uniform button from the Country Fire Authority. This one is by A. J. Parkes (the other one in my collection is by Stokes). Unlike the Stokes button, the text is slightly larger, and there is not a dot on both sides of the word ‘Victoria’.
Elegance. Oriental influences. Novelty designs in accessories increase in popularity, such as hats,fruit, vegetables, animals, flowers and leaves. Jewelled buttons, clips, brooches, pendants, ear-rings and buckles.
Whilst checking uniform buttons in my collection for a club member,Don King, I made a discovery. The backmark on a Victorian Police button was “STOKES & SONS P.O.P.MELB” The P.O.P. stands for Post Office Place, which was the section of Little Bourke Street between Elizabeth and Queen Streets. I was aware that from around 1888 until the company moved to Brunswick in 1935, the company was located at Caledonian Lane. However, Caledonian Lane runs into Lt Bourke,; the postal address was actually 246 and one half, Post Office Place!
Buckles in crystal, mosaic, wood or leather , gold or chromium. Mirrored buttons. Shorter skirts and lower waistlines. Navy shoes. Hand -made silk or velvet flowers. Braid ‘frogs’ and barrel buttons on coats. The introduction of novelty designs including animals and flowers.
Australian National Airways: 1936-1957
A.N.A was registered in 1936 from the joining of Holyman’s and Adelaide Airways. In 1937 it obtained a controlling interest in Airlines of Australia (AoA). The company’s DC-3 aircraft were requisitioned by the Government during the war and it provided services around Australia for the war effort, including for American forces. After the war it faced competition from Trans Australian Airways (TAA), the state run airline that would ultimately lead to the company’s decline. ANA was sold to Ansett in 1957 forming Ansett-ANA, which was renamed Ansett Airlines of Australia in 1968.
Large coat buttons. Chrome, erinoid, wood, horn, tagua nut, MOP. Trim and tailored. Mirror buttons. Hair swept backwards. Capes and jackets.
A new Beauclaire design in 4 colours and 2 sizes. The design is quite detailed, with concentric circles of rectangles divided diagonally into 4 (like little flags).