Monthly Archives: May 2020

30th May 2020

More sample/order sheets from NZ:

The duck that appears as early as the late 1940s on ‘Jack and Jill’ cards is here, without hand painted detailing, and is still sold as a Beutron button today.

The card is not marked, but the design is from General Plastics in the 1950s.

27th May 2020

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


New finds:

I have a lot of new uniform buttons, but can’t take good shots of them with the flash; will have to wait for good natural light. This will have to do for now!

I have been working hard to build austbuttonhistory (note the added ‘t’) … with new pages, new photos and new history. Will launch as soon as I can!


25th May 2020



3 new South Australian uniform buttons:

All by Stokes & Sons, but with 3 different shanks:

3rd /9th Light Horse/South Australian Mounted Rifles:

Formed in 1948 to carry on the tradition to South Australia’s previous Light Horse Regiments. It has gone through armour, anti-tank, cavalry and light cavalry incarnations, and was reduced to a squadron in 1976.


South Australian Rifles, Queen Victoria Crown (up to 1901):

Possibly South Australian General Service, King’s Crown (1902-1952):




22nd May 2020

please note: the new address of this blog is


New finds:

Interesting; G. Herring ‘created’ the Dressmaker brand buttons. (These are glass, so they must have been imported, not made here). The card style indicates it is from the 1950s.

21st May 2020

Due to chronic problems with using a budget web hosting service, I am gradually rebuilding my blog. It’s a  big job, but I’m taking the opportunity to ‘polish’ it, to bring the data and pictures up to date.

One thing I’ve realised is that I needed to check for permission/copyright for some images. Many libraries and museums have a “fair use policy” if attribution is given. However, the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences hold copyright for some wonderful images of historical Australian buttons that I would have to pay for. Therefore I will have to delete pictures of Pearlbuttons Manufacturing Company, O. C. Rheuben, and others, and replace them with direct links to the images.

Thank-you for patience. I will continue to post on this original blog until the other is ready to launch. Some images may “disappear”, as just mentioned. Take the opportunity to suggest stories to follow up on, or corrections to make. Now’s your chance!

New finds:

20th May 2020

please note: the new address of this blog is


A Tyrol hat from 1936:

It has lost it’s shank.






An ad showing the button:

Australian Women’s Weekly, 24th October 1936, page 56.

Thanks to Sonya for my super cute scotties:

Cribb & Foote tailor’s buttons:

See the branded buttons pages.