Thank-you to all the ladies at the Victorian button Collector’s Club who are helping to swell my collection.
I discovered another Die Sinker, silver-plater and gilder, and a contemporary of Thomas Stokes: George William Nathaniel Hamilton, 1848-1985.
He was in partnership with Edmond Soutter from around 1873-187. Mr Hamilton was known for his Emu Egg trophies! Has anyone any example of his buttons?
Carol has sent me a snap of a recent find; a lovely Coronet card. I wish I knew the secret country op-shop she volunteers at! She gets the best buttons! The loose button at the top of the picture is a grey variation of the same design.
If you collect Australian plastic buttons, check the ‘Rex’ page. I have re-written it in light of new research into Reginald Norris’s casein manufacturing efforts in the 1930’s.
I also have new confirmation of a Beauclaire/Leda design due to spotting a card of buttons for sale. It was a “doh” moment, as Homer Simpson would say when I realised had a variation in my Leda collection all along.
Detail from auction advert. Loose buttons in this design, and a Leda variation from my collection below.
And finally, a new tailor’s button. I’ve mentioned Murdoch’s before; this version is marked “Murdoch’s in Park St. Ltd.”
Following on with more Kiwi buttons:
“The personality product”??
and a Beauclaire-Delphi box.
A wonderful lot of NZ buttons were delivered today! The five cards below have no branding, but according to the lady who sold them (she had owned a button store), they are all Beauclaire. (The yellow roses are classic Beauclaire roses.)
The following cards are all branded Beauclaire, or Beauclaire-Leda.
The card on the top right state they are manufactured in N.Z. The bottom 2 are “approved by the N.Z. dry cleaners”.
These all have the “Beauclaire” brand within a (?)leaf shape.
These card on the right has a novel method of attaching the buttons. Like the Woolies card below, they have holes punched in them and the buttons are simply sticky-taped on!
I’ll share some more tomorrow. Good night.
Hope you find these vintage adverts for buttons interesting, especially the one from 1910:
The Muswellbrook Chronicle 26th February 1910.
The Mercury (Hobart) 3rd October 1935. (Details of buttons below)
1. glazed pearl in blue, pink, green, white and amber.
2. log crystal.
3. fancy glass button in white, ice blue, blush pink, lemon, fawn and turquoise blue.
7. wooden button in red, blue, black and green, natural, navy and brown.
8. oval erinoid button.
9. crystal button.
10. filigree button in dull silver and gold.
14. erinoid button.
15. eriniod button.
19. white imitation pearl button.
The Sun (Sydney) 6th February 1947.
The Sydney Morning Herald, 21st October 1947.
The Argus 11th June 1949.
Worker (Brisbane) 19th June 1950.
The Sunday Herald, 16th August 1953.
Sunday Mail (Brisbane) 4th April 1954.
The Canberra Times 11th July 1958.
For those of us that love vintage items, a large part of the appeal lies in the history attached to these items. While we may love vintage collectables for aesthetic reasons, the story behind them adds to the appeal. For me , it is frustrating not to know where or when a card of buttons came from! That is why I collect buttons on cards, even if the cards are shabby. They allow me to match designs to particular companies and/or time frames. In light of this, I have a new intriguing find. The name “Beutron” was first used by G. Herring for its buttons around 1946. (Interesting side note: there was a race horse named Beutron from 1941 and another around 1953. I’d guess that one or both were owned by someone to do with the company.) The company started producing buttons around 1933, so there is an approximately 13 year period when the buttons were otherwise labelled. I may have an answer as to at least one line of buttons they produced: “Bonnie Buttons”!
The design on the top is definately a G. Herring design (see below) However, these buttons have been re-sewn onto the card. Could some-one have used a Bonnie Button card for non-Bonnie buttons?
Presuming that the buttons had come loose as the card was cut to sell a customer some buttons, and that they are in fact G.Herring buttons, then this was a name used by the company circa early to mid 1940’s.
Here’s some fashion ideas…
Daily Standard, 10th September 1930.
A fur coat with ermine buttons!
The Sydney Morning Herald, 2nd March 1931.
The Sydney Morning Herald, 17th August 1931. Jade buttons sound good!
Morning Bulletin (Mackay) 14th April 1936.
While I await my next delivery of buttons, here is the news…..
The World’s News (Sydney), 25th September 1909.
Evening Journal (Adelaide) 5th February 1910.
News (Adelaide) 13th May 1911.
The North West Post (Tasmania) 26th September 1914.
Leader (Melbourne) 25th November 1916.
This lot was auctioned recently. It Includes a Grant Featherston ashtray, buttons and a buckle.
More tailor’s buttons:
Kewley & Millsom, Melbourne
William David Kewley and Henry Alfred Thomas Millsom were high class tailors, ladies costume and habit makers in the Empire Arcade, 266 Flinders Street, next to the Mutal Store, from around 1906 until their partnership was dissolved in 1914. Mr Millsom moved to Queensland and later Numurak Victoria, with Kewley continuing in Flinders Street.
Punch (Melbourne) 4th September 1913.
Punch(Melbourne) 20th November 1913