Monthly Archives: April 2018

20th April 2018


Large coat buttons. Chrome, erinoid, wood, horn, tagua nut, MOP. Trim and tailored. Mirror buttons. Hair swept backwards. Capes and jackets.

Astrakhan is the dark curly fleece of young karakul lambs from central Asia.

Mirror glass buttons.






















New finds:

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).


18th April 2018


Buttons on shoes, gloves, frocks, jumpers, blouses and coats in pearl, nickle, gilt, brass, wood, porcelain, bone, but particularly metal. Crochet. ‘Mannish’ tailoring. Lounge pyjamas. Hems shorter (6 inches below the knee).

This lady was a specialist designer of fashion accessories, especially in leather and metal.

Buttons and buckle of cut steele.

New finds:

The brown may be a Coronet (it’s similar in style). The blue is similar (?Copied) to a Beutron,. The white is a Beutron Boil-proof, and the pink a Beauclaire. The Grey is one of many variants Beutron made from this basic pattern in the 1950s.

From Carol:

Coronets. NB/ the 2nd row are American buttons.

19th April 2018


Chrome Buttons still popular. Brass, wood, balls and domes. Embossed and enamelled. Military touches. Knitwear. Belts of filigree metal links. Fringes. Velvet. Hats worn at an angle. Bows. Capes. ‘Amusing’ buttons start appearing in geometric shapes.








Gorgeous buttons from Pat; possibly casein.


17th April 2018


Hats, berets. Jewellery, especially diamonds, glass or paste. Scarf and wallet to match. Black, white,red and gray. Short hair styles. Buttons sewn in rows as trimming.


New finds:

A ‘Leda’ branded button press!! This was used to make covered buttons in the 1950-60s.  Mind you, I’m not going to bid for this … it would cost a fortune to deliver as it’s very heavy.


16th April 2018

Introducing a year by year fashion revue for the 1930s, as seen in Australian newspapers.


Matching ensembles: coat buttons,dress buttons,buckles or slides. Rhinestone, gold,pearls. Imitation jewels. Short gauntlet or long gloves. Tweed coats. Sleveless frocks with summer cardigans. Artificial flowers. Court and Mary-Jane shoes. Bandeaus. Pleats. Buttons of leather or crystal.

















New Finds:

New Zealand buttons and buckle.


15th April 2018

Images from page 171.

In her book ‘ About Buttons. A Collector’s Guide,  150 AD to the Present’ Peggy Ann Osbourne shares a couple of images of Disney themed buttons. One I knew about (the Coronet Buttons shared on the Coronet page), the other was new to me. It was a picture of  Mickey and Minnie Mouse themed buttons made in Australia in  the late 1930s. I searched, but could not find any reference to them so I can’t verify it. I did note that Australian made Minnie and Mickey brooches were sold in 1930.



She reports the Coronet buttons ( Donald, Chip, Goofy and Bambi) as being made in the early 1940s. I think they were actually produced from 1948-1953 as that’s when they were advertised. Advertising reported 4 styles in multiple colours. I think that the metallic Mickey button dates later (mid 1950s) for sale at Disneyland.

Barrier Miner, 18th January 1949.



The Advertiser, 5th March 1952. Perhaps Chip was mistaken as Thumper.


Both Carol and Cam  have informed me that the uniform button with a lamp was for the Royal Australian Army Nursing Crops. (So if you rub it a nurse rather than a genie appears). The lamp came from the Greco-Roman tradition, symbolising learning.

13th April 2018

And yet more from Pat:

A partial ‘Modern Miss” card.

A partial Beauclaire “From New York” card.

Glass buttons (probably German) on a Beauclaire Tiny Tot card. If the buttons were not just sewn onto the card for safe keeping, then General Plastic must have been importing buttons.

Possibly Beutrons, except for the brown.

And 2 gorgeous trays of goodies!

12th April 2018

Pat has been collecting for years now, and has a lovely collection. Here are some more:

There is just enough printing left for me to see this is a Coronet card.

A very interesting find: A Coronet card with different script and a diifferent style coronet. Like with Roger Berry cards, the name and picture are repeated over all the card (the printing is faint). Looking back I see that I missed this on what I thought was a Roger Berry card on Buttonmania’s web site.

Cards for Roger Berry and  these 2 Coronets have the same set up, including the dotted  border. Presumably the same printed/designer did both. Perhaps these  Coronet cards preceeded the other style of Coronet cards?

11th April 2018

New finds:

A Beauclaire buckle, 2 metal Commonwealth buttons, some Beutron fashion buttons and a RAAF button with the AGM (Australian Glass Manufactuerers) trademark on the reverse.

The large is marked ‘Stokes & Sons Melb’, the smaller “Stokes Melb’. Does a genie come out if you rub the buttons?