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April 2018

From April 2018, a selection of buttons and stories

From Pat. Some are Coronet designs, all are lovely.

The plastic seems cheaper/more modern than for other Roger Berry buttons. The card only has printing at the top border.


Coronets. NB/ the 2nd row are American buttons.
















The card above is scored so that the shaft can be pushed through before the front is shrink wrapped, doing away with the need to sew or staple the buttons onto the card.

The larger cards (partial and whole) date from the late 1940s (see the brown buttons) to the early 1950s. The smaller cards from the 1950-60s.

The label ‘Made expressly for Beutron in Western Germany’ was stuck across two joined cards.

The name ‘West Germany’ was the English term for the ‘Federal Republic of Germany’ from 1950 until reunification in 1990. Before that, from 1945-49 exported buttons were labelled ‘Germany – US – zone’. Ethnic Germans involved in the Bavarian glass button industry were forced to leave the lands being ceded to Czechoslovakia. Resettling in the new West Germany they re-established from scratch (most of their equipment and moulds being left behind) a glass button and bead industry, making the country the dominant glass manufacturing area during the 1950-60s. The remnant button industry under Soviet control did not export buttons until the break up of the USSR circa 1990.

Australian National Airways: 1936-1957

A.N.A was registered in 1936 from the joining of Holyman’s and Adelaide Airways. In 1937 it obtained a controlling interest in Airlines of Australia (AoA). The company’s DC-3 aircraft were requisitioned by the Government during the war and it provided services around Australia for the war effort, including for American forces. After the war it faced competition from Trans Australian Airways (TAA), the state run airline that would ultimately lead to the company’s decline. ANA was sold to Ansett in 1957 forming Ansett-ANA, which was renamed Ansett Airlines of Australia in 1968.

The Australian Women’s Weekly, 6th December 1941

A very special button:

This button was bought by a club member at an Op-shop for 5 cents. Sob!

There is no markers mark on the back, however it is marked as sterling silver. It may possibly be the work of William Edwards, a reknown silversmith from gold rush era Melbourne.

The Australasian (Melb) 29th October 1870.

Whilst kangaroos and emus were common motifs, this example of his work does demonstrate similar palm trees/tree ferns.  If not his work, it  probably is the same era, 1850-1870s.