17th January 2020

Animals on buttons:

Animals have long adorned buttons, perhaps from as early as the late 17th century with early picture buttons, but certainly from the 18th century.. They appear on picture, fable, habitat, uniform and hunt buttons, and from the late 1930s, as figural buttons. These latter weren’t just for children, either. Such was the mania for figural ( a.k.a. realistist/goofiy) buttons that they were fashion items for adults, too. Here are some wonderful buttons from carol’s collections. They date from the late 1930s through to the 1950s. Many appear to be cut from sheets of casein or catalin plastic.

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