Please note this blog’s new address: austbuttonhistory.com.au
Following up on the Peapes tailor’s button, here is a button from the original partnership with George Shaw from 1866-1891.
New tailor’s button:
The Victorian Button Collector’s club receives many queries about ‘found’ buttons, usually trouser/shirt buttons. People are curious as to the provenance and value of their find. Whilst the value is usually “not much”, working when and where they came from is a fun challenge. This button has been turned up along the Thames River in London by a mudlarker. They guessed it to be a fundraising button, but it is a trouser/shirt type. Australian fundraising buttons were of the celluloid, pin-back type.
Diving once again into Trove, I discovered that the Commonwealth brand belonged to Foy & Gibson, department store chain and manufacturer . See http://www.ausbuttonhistory.com/?page_id=6918
From 1899-1931 they sold Commonwealth branded foodstuffs such as jam and olive oil. From 1910-1918 they also sold Commonwealth branded clothing, including trousers. I wonder if the King’s Crown dates the button to the War years, when Commonwealth pride was particularly strong?