Monthly Archives: May 2019

29th May 2019

Tailors’ buttons:

S.A.W. Co Adelaide:

This is another version from the South Australian Woollen Company. 

The previously shared (on 12th Feb 2019) button was marked

‘S. A. Wn. Co’.

Mackintosh & Co Adelaide:

Donald Macqueen Mackintosh (1857-1935) came to South Australia from Moy, Scotland around 1890.

Detail from a photo c.1890 in the collection of the State Library of South Australia. the tram carries advertising for the firm.

 In 1897 the firm purchased and merged with the tailoring firm of T. G. Brown. It continued under the original name until 1903, when Donald moved to Melbourne and the firm was renamed E. Lucas & Co.  Donald worked Melbourne for Holle, then on his own; he also opened a branch in Perth. he was still operating in Melbourne in 1923.

E. Storr & Son, Adelaide:

Edwin Storr and his son Francis ran this firm from 1897.

Critic, 29th March 1902.

Chronicle, 29th September 1928

28th May 2019

Please note: the new address for this blog is austbuttonhistory,com


Seen online:

Another “Slouch Hat” button

Tailors’ buttons:

S. S. & S. Melbourne:

Someone and son?

G. T. Cooper Framlington:


There was a George T. Cooper listed at Camperdown around 1889-1907. No other details have been found.


Skurrie & Son, Carlton:

Sands Directory listing from 1910.
Advocate, 19th August 1911.

Joseph Skurrie (1855-1927) and his son James (1864-1938) ran this business from 1879.

27th May 2019

For your viewing pleasure:

From the American Pearl Button Company in Washington, Iowa. Established 1906-1965. The card on the right shows the design for the company’s 50th anniversary in 1956.
From the Hawkeye Pearl Button Company, established 1903-1968, Muscatine. ?1940s.

New tailor’s button:

Dobinson, Kyenton

William and his son Judson Dobinson were engaged in “the study of the philosophy of dress in all its ramifications” from 1852 in the ‘Hall of Commerce’,  and Alex Piper Street, Kyneton. They were drapers, outfitters, milliners, dressmakers, tailors and mercers, importers, wholesale and retail. William retired in 1866. The firm was known as Daniel and Dobson from 1873-1880 then the firm became A. & J. Dobinson around 1880,  the sons Judson and Alex continuing the business in Kyenton and Echuca.

Above: from the Leader, 16th September, 1893.

Picture from the Weekly Times, 1st December 1900

26th May 2019

New Finds:

New ‘Lovely Lady’ buttons: This is a new pattern in my collection.

This is only the second (partial) card of this type I’ve seen:

See the detail below. Also below, the only full card of this type I own.

Searching for “Boil Proof. Iron Proof” buttons in Trove, the term only comes up from 1946-9 in advertising.

Tailor’s button:

Wardrop (Collingwood): This button from Carol pairs the one in my collection from Wardrop’s Melbourne store. This is the first tailoring button I’ve seen of the “whistle” type, i.e. with one hole on top and two underneath. This allowed the thread attaching the button to sit below the surface of the button face.

25th May 2019

Tailoring button:

G. Griska, Preston

George Feliz Griezka was born in Austria in 1877. He  married Mary Ann Duffy in Melbourne in 1904 and was naturalised as an Australian citizen in 1905.  His name was variously spelt as Griezka, Griczka and Griska. The couple moved to Wangaratta where Mary had family, but moved back to Melbourne in 1914. George operated his tailoring concern in Preston from 1924 until at least 1949. Mary died in 1930, and George remarried in 1945. He died in 1960.

For Your Viewing Pleasure:

Muscatine Pearl Works:

Established in 1890 as the Muscatine Pearl Novelty Company , with the name changed in 1920. Sold buttons under the Luckday branding from 1935.

Both circa late 1940s-1950s
This lady appeared on many cards, sometimes with various names such as Nonne, Bonnie, Alice and Vivien.

24th May 2019

New Finds: Carol shared this design back on 11th April 2017, mounted on a Coronet card but with hand-painted details. Circa 1940s.

I have shared many versions of the “Beauclaire Rose”. The design was recycled for decades. When I bought this example I thought it was another version mounted on lucite, but no! It is glass!

Six of these have been mounted on faux-velvet covered cardboard, and set in a cheap gift box.

Did Beauclaire import the glass buttons and embellish them with the rose? Were the buttons in their entirety made overseas? Who were the nameless and forgotten designers, whose work was so successful?

These versions are mounted on lucite.

For your viewing pleasure:

Batterson & Wessels were established in 1899 and closed in 1968. Love the border graphics. see below for a close up. Cards date 1900-1920s, I guess.
The card on the left has printed ‘copyright 1923’. Produced by the Iowa Pearl Button Company from 1916.

23rd May 2019

From the past; Articles from Trove about Stokes

The Argus, 3rd November 1862: Thomas Stokes had been criticised for his production of traders’ tokens that were used as unofficial currency in British colonies due to a lack of pennies and half-pennies. They were made illegal in 1863 in Victoria.
The Age, 25th January 1927.
The Herald. 28th January 1922: Stokes & Sons produced the buttons for the RAAF uniforms shown here.

21st May 2019

Please Note this blog’s new address:

New finds:

Australian uniform buttons:

Queen’s crown. AJ Parkes
Royal Australian Artillery, King’s crown PJ King and Stokes & Sons. The map on the (larger) Stokes button is distorted, with a tiny little dot of Tasmania squeezed in as an afterthought.
Some well polished and corroded Edward VII (1901-1911) Royal Australian Artillery and AIF buttons by Stokes & Sons.

20th May 2019

More beautiful MOP cards:


A rather buxom lass from an unknown company. ? 1930s
Yet another smoking guy with his tie blowing to the side. 1940s
Another unknown company. ?1920-30s
There are online images of sample cards of glass buttons from the 1920s of this brand.
Another mystery brand: have also seen plastic buttons mounted on this style card. ?1950s from the UK
A bit tatty, ? 1900-1920s