Okay; here are some mysterious button makers. Please contact me if you know more!
Who were the local manufacturers?
Update: It was most probably Sheridans Badges, a family firm started in 1913 by Victorian-born Charles Sheridan in Perth. The firm continues today. It had large contracts in both WW1 and WW2. See http://museum.wa.gov.au/research/research-areas/history/sheridans-badges for more on the history of this company. The button below is backmarked “Sheridan Perth”.
Below: What was the material used, and who were the firm?
Printed with ‘An Australian Product’. Who produced these?
Update: There was an import/export company headed by Albert Jules Aucher called Aucher Limited started in 1928 and based in Sydney. The sample card of Mother of Pearl buttons below has TELEGRAMS “SUNUP” SYDNEY printed on it. Perhaps they supplied “Sunup Accessories”.
Barwon Button and Buckle Company Pty. Ltd:
In August 1939 in Geelong this company commenced operating and was registered. It was to “manufacture from Australian Casein articles which were previously made in Germany. A modern plant has been installed and is under the management of a skilled Continental technician. The establishment of the factory should be a benefit to the community…” By September they were making, and about to market, “a large range of buttons, buckles and dress ornaments.” Forty machines had been installed. Did they actually successfully market products, or did the company fail too quickly for that? It was deregistered in July 1944.
Could this be a Aussie product from the 1950’s?
I have seen Cygnet branded buttons advertised by various Aussie button sellers, so I am guessing they were are local product. Does anyone know anything about this brand?
Update: The photo below shows the same buckle on Cygnet and Walkers cards. This confirms that this was an Australian product.