Monthly Archives: December 2019

6th December 2019

Livery Button:

No, I’m not confused. I have an Australian made livery button! It is for the Marquess of Lansdowne by Stokes and Sons.

The full Coat of Arms of the Marquess of Lansdowne (from Wikipedia)

The Title has been held by the head of the Petty-Fitzmaurice family since 1784. In 1956 the eighth Marquess (George John Charles Mercer-Nairne Petty-Fitzmaurice, 1912- 1999) and the Marchioness of Lansdowne were among visiting dignitaries from the United Kingdom branch of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association, in Australia for the Centenary of responsible governments in New South Wales, Victoria, Tasmania and South Australia. They arrived in Sydney on the 11th November, afterwards visiting Canberra, Melbourne, Adelaide and Hobart in turn. Either the Marquess ordered some buttons from local maker Stokes whilst he was here, or else Stokes had produced them as a gift.

From the Argus, 22nd November 1956: The Machioness and Marquis at a State dinner in Melbourne. This was during the Olympic Games being held in Melbourne that year.

 

The 8th Marquess, soldier and politician.

See https://www.bowood.org/bowood-house-gardens/bowood-house/family-history/

5th December 2019

No luck in Yackandandah, alas, but I did see this interesting photo at the Beechworth Gold gallery and shop:

Richard Finch sure made sure you knew where his tailor’s store was: 2 signs on the verandah edge, one on the street post, and one painted on the wall above the verandah. See the tailor’s page http://www.ausbuttonhistory.com/?page_id=10006

 

Don has spotted these:

See http://www.ausbuttonhistory.com/?page_id=7510 for buttons that adorned the woollen and woollen blend underwear made by the Australian Knitting Mills in Richmond. These must have been for store display.

 

3rd December 2019

Hubby has to go to Yackananah for work for two days, so I’m accompanying him on a country field trip. Here’s hoping I have some of Carol’s luck/talent for finding button goodies! I’ll let you know on my return.

Spotted online:

Yet another variation of the Beauclaire rose, more variations of the Coronet basket of flowers (middle and right) and also a hand painted Coronet bonnet. Sometime there is only one good button in a lot for sale; what to do? To buy or not?

2nd December 2019

Thomas Stokes:

Over the years Thomas Stokes, and then his family after his death, ran the firm from a number of locations around Melbourne. The first was at 15 Mincing Lane,  which no longer exists but was located off Flinders Lane between William and King Street. This would have been convenient for receiving goods from Queens Wharf. He worked here alone in a one room shop from 1854-6. Around April of 1856 he moved to 115 Flinders Lane east (that is, east of Elizabeth Street), then to 100 Collins Street east from 1858-1881.

The stud below , made from a 1855 commemorative token, was made at this location.

“Thomas Stokes maker” dates this as prior to his partnership with George Marton from 1867.

This building was sold in 1881, forcing Stokes and Martin to move to 29 Little Collins Street. The advertising token below was produced at this address.

“Have your old plated ware made equal to new at half the original cost.”

The bust depicted is of George Coppin, an actor, theatre manager and sometime Victorian politician.

In July 1888 they moved to Caledonian Lane (Post Office Place), but in 1893 the partnership ended. Stokes’ sons would join the firm. The Victoria Police uniform button below therefore dates from post 1893 and up to 1901 (note the Queen Victoria Crown, which was not used after her death in 1901). Note the inscription P.O.P. for Post Office Place.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The firm stayed in that location until they moved to a new factory in Brunswick. The commemorative token was minted there.

Wouldn’t it be nice to have something from 1854-1858?

1st December 2019

New tailor’s button:

Blainey’s Sydney

Charles Gough Blainey (1894-1959) set up his tailoring business in George Street, Sydney around 1924. Due to growth of his business, he moved to the Strand Arcade three years later. Around 1927 he registered the firm as a limited company, then in 1938 as a propriety limited concern.

The Labor Daily, 8th September 1928.

Arrow, 14th September 1928.

The Labor Daily, 17th January 1929.

By 1966 (seven years after Mr. Blainey’s death) the firm was in financial difficulty, and by 1973 it was deregistered.