A digest of buttons and stories shared in August 2016:
1950s Buttons and their representaton in an ad.
New Zealand Buttons:
Unofficial military button:
This is a “Rising Sun” button. Yes, a button rather than the well known badge. Versions of this design have been used for the Army’s badge since 1904, although the rising sun element appears as early as 1858 on tokens, and even earlier as a symbol used by Australian organisations. See these links for more information.
As ‘diggerhistory’ explains, the design was sometimes used on unofficial buttons. This example is rather battered, including a soldered repair on the back. It was probably clamped to enable the repair, which dented the top and bottom edges! It has no makers back-mark. The crown shows considerable wear from polishing, so it was well used.
Carol has also found an example:
If you’ve perused the vintage Beutron advertising, you’ll remember that In the late 1940’s they marketed ‘Irridel’ buttons that matched the colour of lighter or darker fabric due to their opalescent nature. A newspaper article showed the origin of this type of plastic:
So, many years before Beutron used it, Irredel was a type of American plastic used to make jewellery. Beutron imported the formula to Australia to make the buttons. The name borrows from the earlier “Iridill”, the name of a type of glass produced by the Fenton Art Glass Company from 1908. This was the glass that became known as ‘Carnival glass’. It was a very successful product for Fenton, with popularity peaking in the 1920’s and waning into the 1930s.