31st December 2016

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.

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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).

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One of the black centres keeps falling out, showing the mounting disk (bezel) lined with cardboard.

screen-shot-2016-12-31-at-11-14-55-am The reverse shows a padded disk of cloth to sew the button onto a garment.

The reverse shows a padded disk of cloth to sew the button onto a garment.

Here are other examples from my collection. I wonder if this was a common design ploy?

The basic buttons are in the bottom row, with examples set in varying bezels above them.

The basic buttons are in the bottom row, with examples set in varying bezels above them.

A novel type of “compound” button can be seem below. This time a shaftless pearl-like  button has been glued onto the basic button.

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2 thoughts on “31st December 2016

  1. Amy Marjoram

    Thank you for this incredible resource. I have just started a Melbourne based vintage button shop on Etsy ‘OnlyGoodButtons’. I will be posting many early plastics in the coming weeks. Feel free to utilise any photographs from my site if you are wanting colour examples etc. Kind regards, Amy Marjoram

    https://www.etsy.com/au/shop/OnlyGoodButtons

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