Monthly Archives: March 2020

19th March 2020

Stokes & Sons

Australian Bicentennial Trade Fair  (Brisbane Expo) memorial medallion:


















The front of the medallion proudly proclaims that Stokes exhibited at the 1880, 1888, 1980 and 1988 International Trade Fairs. The back shows the Royal Exhibition Buildings as depicted on a 1888 medal, and the name at that time of ‘Stokes & Martin’.

Also from Stokes, a Government of Tasmania uniform button with a King’s Crown:

Speaking of Stokes & Martin, here is one that got away …






First Australian Horse 1897-1903. I wonder if there was an error in the advert, as Stokes and Martin dissolved their partnership in 1893.

The design has a kangaroo and emu supporting a shield emblazoned with the cross of St George and the Southern Cross, with a carbine and sword crossed in front secured by a boomerang.

Carol’s new finds: One of the ducks still has a remnant of wool from the time it was attached on a knitted garment.


17th March 2020

Carol’s new finds:

Many of the individual buttons above are Australian made, but not all. here’s details from a couple of Beauclaire adverts from the 1950s:

New Finds:


“C” Day, the day that decimal currency was introduced in Australia, was on the 14th February 1966. The phasing in period was initially planned to be for 2 years, but things went so smoothly that it was shortened to 18 months.

This is a smaller size of the mounted knight.

How cute!


16th March 2020

An exciting new find.

Possibly Australian, sold by G.Herring. Very cute and dated from 1936:

19th September 1936.

New finds:


The design with the 4 examples (in grey,cream and green) was called basketweave.



The yellow is very worn, but can be identified as the RAAF inspired fashion button seen also in grey and white. See

From Wikimedia:

15th March 2020

Make a bejeweled sweater:


The sketch and buttons were by Beutron. The Daily telegraph, 22nd July 1954.


New Finds:

General Plastics c.1940s

Yellow Opal Glo and salmon/gold Originals, both 1950s. Nicely presented for sale on new cards.

14th March 2020



Some inspiration for your knitting from the Australian Women’s Weekly, 22nd May 1943:

Seen online:

Carol’s ceramic collection:

Some of these may have been made  around 1950 by the unknown Melbourne Company mentioned in the 29th February post. Some may have been made by Anna Louise Alma, a Sydney based Parisian making buttons from around 1947-57. Some may be the work of Stacha Halpern post 1939. They are not Marie Gardner’s. Carol and her husband have an extensive collection of those, and these have different backs and shanks. Who ever made them, they are typical of ceramic and glass buttons being produced post WW2, when other button making materials were in short supply.

13th March 2020

New finds:

Leda-Beauclaire, c.1958    Astor, late 1960s.

Beutron 1970s.

I don’t feature recent Beutron buttons as they were made in Thailand, although packed in Australia. However, f or your interest, note the variety of card styles. I am guessing these are late 1980s onwards.

11th March 2020

Pat’s new finds, Part 1:

The Newcastle & Hunter River Steamship Company Ltd:

Backmark: D. Jones & Co Sydney

In 1892 this company was formed from the amalgamation of the Newcastle Steamship and the Hunter River Steam Navigation companies. It operated until 1956. It was delisted and became the Southern Shipping Company Limited in 1965. For detailed information and pictures of the fleet see

By 1904 they provided services between Sydney, Newcastle, Morpeth, Raymond terrace, Miller’s Forest, Paterson and Clarencetown. By 1914 they also serviced Bulahdelah and Port Stephens. The advent of rail and road transport lead to the demise of the company.

The Hunter River Steamship Navigation Company office. Built in 1860 and remodelled in c1890 and 1920. Now part of the Four Points Hotel.

See also:

Built in 1911. Sold to this company in 1922.

10th March 2020


 New finds:

A new variation of Mickey, and 2 Darians.

I also have this in silver.

A gold Mickey (mostly worn off) on a yellow background.


A newspaper article about novelty buttons:

From the Albury Banner and Wodonga Express, 15th April 1938:

The term “sooled off” was new to me. It apparently was an Australian slang term meaning to urge or goad, similar to “sick ’em”. The term ‘grotesque’ could mean a comically distorted figure, not only an ugly one. Pictures of  a prawn button, the Pop Eye buttons and Mickey and Donald buttons from 1936-1940  Australian advertising are shown below.

Australian Women’s Weekly, 19th September 1936.

The Telegraph(Brisbane), 27th June 1940.

The Sun, 12th May 1938.


9th March 2020

I have found a newspaper item that corrected my belief that the casein animal shapes we find were imported (although some were) including the koalas.

The Advertiser, 20th march 1944.

Perhaps these are some examples:

The price of Australian made MOP buttons in 1944.

New finds:

Three “different” brands with the same design cards and (trust me) identical MOP buttons excepting the right hand ones are 1mm larger in diametre. The name Czechoslavakia dates the cards post 1917. If the buttons were made in Japan, the use of that name as opposed to ‘Nippon’ probably dates them post 1921. So where were they actually made, as why try to sell them as different brands?

Seen online:

They have a subtle impressed design of flowers. This shade was popular in the late 1940s-early 1950s.