It’s been a strange and trying year, both personally and globally. I guess many people would join me in being glad to see the end of 2016. On the positive side… I’ve enjoyed compiling knowledge of this section of Australia’s manufacturing history, especially in the light of the further reduction of manufacturing in our country. I feel it is too easy to forget the stories of our past. It is too easy to overlook the ‘everyday’ and the ephemeral, and the next thing you know the stories are forgotten. So, thanks to those who have supplied me with buttons and information. I appreciate your help!
Today I’ll share with you a couple of finds of interest. The first is a cute card of Embassy brand children’s buttons from ? the 1980’s by the price tag. I’ve added a couple of buttons I had that are the same basic button with differing transfers.
The next is decades older. I bought a collection of vintage buttons that included what I refer to as compound buttons. Perhaps there is a more correct term for it, however I am referring to buttons that are made from a button within a further ‘mount’ or ‘bezel’ of material to make a larger and fancier button. I’ve already shared some Beauclaire and Beutron examples of this, but this is the first I’ve seen in a Coronet button. The centre of the black buttons is the same as that of the mottled brown coronets, but instead of a proper shaft there is only a plastic rod that looks like the button was snapped off from a sprue. This has then been mounted into a plastic disk (bezel).
Here are other examples from my collection. I wonder if this was a common design ploy?
A novel type of “compound” button can be seem below. This time a shaftless pearl-like button has been glued onto the basic button.