Monthly Archives: September 2017

29th September 2017

Lastest finds (thanks to Robyn):

The Embassy cards show that the same style could be produced for years. The Coronet button and koala are featured below.

Whilst using a  flash shows up the detail, it made the button appear silver.











Have you noticed how many times the Ducks appeared over the decades?  Possibly the earliest was the Rex version circa 1949, then the Beauclaire “Tiny Tots” circa 1954.

Please note that the ‘Tiny Tots’ card is a reproduction my husband photo-shopped for me. The original cards had one colour only sewn upon them.




26th September 2017

For the first time in over a year I revisited my husband’s long-gone grandmother’s buttons and sewing items.  I didn’t realist there were some tailor’s buttons amongst them.  (It was Daisy’s buttons that started me asking questions about buttons and lead me to the Victorian Button Collector’s Club.)  Daisy and her husband Richard Glover lived in Brighton and had a business in Bridport Street,  South Melbourne.

C. A. Jago,  South Melbourne:

Charles Arthur Jago (1893-1955),  in partnership with his uncle,  Holmes Gillman Jago,  were merchant tailors in Bank Street.  His uncle retired in 1927.

Published in the Record, 4th September 1908.

Possible original premises in Bank Street.

189 Bank Street, the advertised new premises.

W. Beckefeld, Albert Park:

From 1921 until circa 1933,  the premises of William Frederick Beckefeld’s tailoring business was only several shops down from Glover’s hardware store in Bridport Street.  How convenient!

Also from her sewing kit, some cotton reels and linen thread.

One of the Embassy cottons is labelled ‘British Made’,  but the other ‘Made in Australia’.

I thought  J.Dewhurst & Sons, Skipton were Australian,  but this advert shows they were British.

Australian Women’s Weekly, 1939.

Detail from Coles advertisement in January 1939 in many newspapers.

James Miller & Co. Pty. Ltd. were rope,  twine,  & mat manufacturers located in Yarraville, then later Brunswick and Warragul.  The company was founded in 1868 by James Miller and grew into the largest rope,  thread and twine makers in the country.  It was liquidated in 1978.

25th September 2017

Recently Carol shared with me a Kitchener button she had found.  Soon after I also came across another one:







Carol’s looks more modern:







A piece on Kitchener can be found on the Federation to WW2 page.

Update:Carol tells me that the tilted “Lazy Anchor” dates my button from around WW1. the anchor is upright in WW2 era buttons.  Carol’s button may be a South Australian one.


24th September 2017

Sometimes you can look at something… and all of a sudden things fall into place.  Here’s a picture of an American card of buttons;  does anything seem familiar?

Yes; it’s the a design used by G.Herring to make Beutron buttons in Sydney.

Around 1940-41 Mr. Marshall Ney visited America to secure the rights to a process to coat non-ferrous materials (such as plastic) with metal.   G.Herring  (of which he was the General Manager)  would used this process in making metal coated “Beutron Originals” such as the above.  The company must have also bought the rights to some button designs,  such as the cherry one.

23rd September 2017

New finds:

The partial black card is only the 3rd example of identified J.G.Lloyd buttons I have seen. The Beauclaire I have seen in advertising before, but this is my first carded example. The Hi-Style button in a new design to my collection.

Close up Beauclaire button: 3 pansy-like flowers.

Close up of the Hi-Style (Woolworths) button.

20th September 2017

Sometimes you can get a nice cheap lot on Ebay. This lot cost me $1.29 plus $10 postage for a shoe box full, including 28 full and partial Embassy cards and a partial of New Zealand wooden buttons. Not bad! (Almost as canny as Carol!!)

In detail:

19th September 2017

Back in the day, some newspapers and magazines offered pattern services. For a fee you could buy sewing patterns via post. Can you imagine current newspapers bothering?

The Mercury (Hobart) 19th June 1935.

The Tribune (Sydney) 17th November 1939.

The Advertiser (Adelaide) 3rd May 1951.