6th October 2019

New find:

Beauclaire pearlised ball buttons c. 1953.

Comparison with other sizes and colours: The blue/grey are 6.5mm diameter, the pink 8.5mm and the green 10.7mm. Pearlised plastic was popular in the 1950s, with finish being acheived with a coating containing ground fish scales! Unfortunately, it often peels or chips off, spoiling the button.

Whilst they could have been used as buttons, They were promoted as ornamentation:

A summer stole littered with lustrous pearls…
Published in The Sunday Herald 16 August 1953.



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