28th June 2018

A couple of collectors have such lovely collections of realistic/goofy dog buttons that I have started buying a few of my own.

Buttons shaped like the actual objects they depict are known as ‘Goofies’ (especially in the USA), realistic or figural buttons. They  rarely existed before the 1930s apart from occasional flower or shell shaped button. In Australia, they were first written about in 1936.  They were very fashionable for ladies for the next few years. Sometime between 1940 and the mid 1950s they morphed into something for children’s clothes only (except perhaps for flower shaped).

I’ve gone back to Trove to pick out details of animal figural buttons.

1936

1936. Notice her fish buttons

1937

1937

1937. They are hard to see, but they are fish buttons or her waistcoat.

1937

1937

1937

Greyhound buckle, 1937

Advert from 1937

Description of race-going fashions. 1937

Artilce from 1937

 China elephant, 1938

1938

Porcelain dogs head, 1937

1938

1938

Bone dog, 1938

 Scotty buckle, 1938

1939

giraffe, 1940

1941

White porcelain fish flecked with gold and black,1949

Beauclaire, 1954

 

 

 

 

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