5th June 2017

Thanks to Helen we have some new tailor’s buttons.

James Marshall and Co;  Adelaide

In 1879 James Wadell Marshall (1845-1925) along with William Taylor and James Porter bought out the business of retiring John Hodgkins in Rundle street,  and set up as James Marshall & Co, drapers and importers.  They grew to be a large department store,  until they were taken over by Myers in 1928.

Detail from advertising in The South Australian Advertiser, 19th August 1879.

James Waddell Marshall 1845-1925 was born in Scotland and moved to Adelaide in 1867.

The store in Rundle Street, 1881.

Joseph Bidencope and Son Ltd; Hobart









Joseph Bidnecope,  tailor and mercer,  advertised for tailors to work for him as early as 1861.  He was born in Poland and moved to Hobart in 1858.  The business was a  successful fashion house,  as well as supplying naval and military uniforms.  They became well known for their hats.  Two sons would join the business.  He was still working when he died in 1915,  aged nearly eighty years.  His grandsons would sell the business in 1977.

The Mercury (Hobart), 11th April 1921.

The Mercury (Hobart),  31st March 1921.




3rd May 2017

I recently bought a handful of South Australian school uniform buttons.  They are likely all produced by the same maker,  possibly Sclank & Co.,  although they are not marked.  Luckily, many were labelled with the school names .  Unluckily,  some of these names proved wrong! Here are the buttons of confirmed origin!  They date from around 1960-1973.

Christian Brothers College: Opened in 1878.






Concordia College:  Opened 1890.  The Coat of Arms has been updated,  but this stained glass window confirms the button.

Elizabeth Boys Technical School:  Elizabeth Boys technical Schools opened in 1960 and changed name in 1975.

King’s College:  from1923 to 1973.


Norwood Junior Boys Technical School:  Opened 1953, renamed in 1974.







Prince Alfred College: Opened in 1869.


Seacombe High School: Opened 1959.







St Ignatius College: Opened 1951.







St Paul’s College: Opened 1958.



Sacred Heart College:  The senior campus of this college was oped in 1897.


Scotch College: Founded in 1919.






Unley High School: Opened in 1910.







Westminster School: Opened in 1961.


Woodville High School: Opened 1915.




31st May 2017

I’ve received a big parcel of NZ Beauclaire and Beutron buttons.  Here’s a preview;  but do go to the New Zealand page to see the lot!

…and this mixed lot.  The Walkers card has the script “A Hi-Lite of Fashion” on the card,  but under the buttons!  Pointless,  really!


30th May 2017

Winter is coming…….brrr.

A fellow blogger has kindly ‘linked’ me on her page.  If you are interested in/collect pottery. glassware, plasticware, Australiana, etc,  her site is worth a look.  http://www.ccretro.com

Today I received an interesting example of “sweetheart jewelry” made of 3 New Zealand Forces uniform buttons welded together into a brooch.  One button was made by Stokes and Sons, Melbourne.


29th May 2017

New tailor’s button:

Edward Hughes:  Sydney

This establishment was in Erkine Street,  Sydney from around 1902-13.

New uniform button:

This button was made by Stokes and Sons,  Melbourne.  It shows the Australian coat of arms, and came from uniforms worn by staff at Government House,  Hobart.


27th May 2017

Helen has sent me a card  of Hand-made leather buttons on an Embassy card  (I didn’t think Coles sold leather buttons!) and is also sharing a Terries card with us.

Fellow Victorian Button Club member (and sometimes competitor for choice buttons!)  kindly allowed me to buy a rare button she found at the recent Buttonfest.  It is a (probable) uniform button from the Castlemaine Fire Brigade (note the CFB marking).  It is backmarked  ‘W. Mockton Fitzroy’.  I had previously made reference to him on the pre-federation page.  I found another story referencing Walter Mockton’s tailoring business in this article from 1911.





Queensland Times 11th February 1911.

26th May 2017

I love vintage Australian buttons,  but I don’t mind if the buttons come from elsewhere when they so wonderfully depict our native fauna and flora! 

The little white Koala is from Rex C. Norris,  but the provenance of the others is uncertain.  The kookaburra/kingfisher in the middle,  as well as the small yellow penguin,  are glass.  The rest are plastic,  possibly casein,  excepting the pair of budgies which are a painted design on molded clear plastic.

Here are some new variations of Australian buttons.  The 3 glass teddies were made for Beutron,  as are the gold and red examples.  The grey floral in the middle is a ‘Latest Fashion’ one. The dark brown at the bottom is a coronet,  and so possibly is the light brown one on top.



25th May 2017

The Sun newspaper had a lot of illustrated advertising in the 1930-1950’s for stores such as Farmer’s and Grace Bros.  This particular example was from a full page advert for Grace bros. Ltd on 18th September 1932.  Fashion note, Ladies, “Brass and nickle buttons in smart nautical designs are the last word in chic for all white or pastel shaded sports garments.”


This troop are additions to my family of Disney design buttons from Coronet.

These date from 1948-1953.

This menagerie will be joining my zoo of Beauclaire kiddie buttons from the 1950’s.


24th May 2017

New finds:

General Plastics buttons

Leda from the 1950’s.

Beutron from 1950’s.

Beutron from 1950-60’s.

Woolies buttons from 1950’s.

GFD/Darian buttons by Grant Featherston.

The card on the left is by British company Excelsior.  So cute.  Similar era to the Beutron cards.  The backs are shown below.




23rd May 2017

At the Buttonfest I found more variations of the “Beauclaire Rose”.  It is amazing how many colours,  finishes and designs were based around the basic rose.  (The photos below include some I’ve shared before to give an idea of range).

Love the ‘Pop Art’ effect of the square mount backed by a target-like backing plate.  Old Gold,  Gold and Silver metallic finishes as well as many shades,  including pearlised and clear,  in plastic.

Here’s a group of late 1960’s Astor cards.

And some Rex Buttons from ?1950’s to 1980’s?

I’m glad to have found some Delphi and Cygnet cards.  Both these companies were merged with (or had their stock bought out by) Walkers and Beauclaire.

Finally,  for today:  some Myer Emporium Buttons.  The card is certainly a Beutron’s,  re-badged for Myer.  The black glass buttons have  Myer paper glued over the stitching at the back to allow a larger card to be cut up without the remaining buttons falling off.