27th November 2019

I have (finally) carded up (on replica cards) a selection of Beutron Originals, with every colour cabochon and every metallic finish (silver, gold and old gold) that I have. There are 4 sizes: approx 14, 18, 22 and 28 mm diametre. For comparison, I have included details from 1950s adverts and from  vintage cards of buttons. See also the Beutron 1950s advertising page.

28mm in mushroom, navy blue, khaki, tan, yellow and dark brown.

22mm in green, burgundy and steel-blue. 18mm mushroom, brown, steel blue, skye blue, navy blue and tan.

14mm dark brown, steel blue, purple, and red. The black ‘flower’ is the only one of that design in my collection.

18mm in grey, dark brown, pale green, steel blue and green. 14mm in pink, burgundy and black.

11mm in burgundy, royal blue, pale green, steel blue, yellow, dark brown, dark green and black.

14mm in burgundy, brown, dark brown x 2, acid yellow and brown. 18mm in olive green, cream, green, grey and brick red.

22mm in khaki, dark brown, royal blue and pale yellow.

11mm in royal blue (in gold and silver) dark brown (in gold, silver and old gold), tan, and skye blue (in gold and silver). 11mm in black, green, pink and pale yellow.

18mm navy blue, scarlet, sky blue, tan and pink.

Pat also shared a card of her ‘Originals’, see http://www.ausbuttonhistory.com/?p=9313

26th November 2019

I’m going to revisit Birmingham as I have received a photo of the factory of James Grove and Sons in 1950.

This company was established in 1857 and ceased trading in 2012. They were one of the largest horn button manufacturers in the world. A large part of their output was uniform buttons.  As well as horn, they also made casein, polyester, nylon, leather, corozo and shell buttons. The Lining Company is maintaining their web site out of historical interest. See https://jamesgroveandsons.co.uk/

New finds: Beauclaire

I’d been looking for this design, as it appears in a 1954 advertisement. It’s small, only 1 cm across the ‘base’ of the triangle. Perhaps it would have been more of a dress ornament than functional button.

From a 1954 advert.

The button below I already have in multiple colours, but not this mid-brown.



23rd November 2019

New finds from Carol:

Absolutely fabulous! Three different sized uniform buttons from the Australasian United Steam Navigation Company, backmarked with three differing Australian suppliers; C. Hemsley (Sydney), W. Johns (Brisbane) and Stokes & Sons (Melbourne). See below for information about W. Johns.

House Flag

Came to Brisbane from Sydney in 1842 as an agent for the Hunter River Steam Navigation Company, which would be merged into the A.S.N. Co. then finally the A.U.S.N Co.

This shipping company was formed in 1887 from the merger of two other companies, and lasted until 1961. The articles below both came from The Mercury (Hobart) 9th March 1887.

In 1940 one of their ships ran aground near Barwon heads during a storm. A newspaper reported that ” the bursting of an oil pipe in the Orungal fortuitously spread a calming film of oil over the sea and made it possible to bring the lifeboat alongside to pick up the first load of 17 passengers and 23 seamen.” The mind boggles.

W. Johns, Brisbane:

William Johns was born in Cornwall, England in 1867. He had come to Queensland by 1894, and by 1905 was living in Edwards Street, Brisbane. In 1906 “W. Johns & Co”, drapers, bought the business of Sidle & Co, and were located at the corner of Edwards and Queen Street. By now they described themselves as an Emporium. In 1908 they had expanded to a “department store” although it was in reality a large drapery. There were a men’s, fancy goods, toys, milinery and ready-made costume “departments”. In 1913 the company purchased the business of Edward Shields Ltd, and were calling the store “the Crystal Emporium” In 1923 they opened a second store at Fiveways, Woolloongabba, called “The Fiveways Supply Store”. The Queens Street store was being advertised for sale as an ongoing concern mid 1929, with the Fiveways store later the same year. Perhaps William was retiring? He died in 1942.

The Telegraph, 27th June 1928.

The Telegraph, 27th August, 1929.




22nd November 2019

I bought a circa 1954 ‘WOMAN’ cut pattern for a girls romper just because it contained a nice folded Beauclaire advertising brochure. So if you want the pattern…just ask:

Do you think this pattern suggests that you could button a skirt and alternative neckline onto the basic romper?

Versions of these buttons are still being produced.

The hearts and daisies are described as being available in pearlised-pastels. The gumdrops are described as ‘pastel clear sparkling crystal’. The flower button adorning the sun-bonnet was available in ’18 bright, gay kiddie colours’. General plastic tried to promote their buttons by designing slightly strange dress patterns that involved excessive quantities of buttons. You could write to them to buy te patterns for 3/9 each.

20th November 2019

“Googling” for Beutron and Beauclaire buttons, I came across images from old blogs and on Instagram. Apologies to all and sundry for “lifting” your images, although I think some of the blogs aren’t active, and I haven’t a clue about Instagram!! A couple were for sale online.

This button forms the escutcheon on the buttons I shared a few days ago.

19th November 2019

New uniform button:

Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers (RAEME)

The horse forcene (rampant) and chain are symbolic of power under control and the lightning flash, of electrical engineering.


The Royal Corps of Australian Electrical and Mechanical Engineers is a corps of the Australian Army that has responsibility for the maintenance and recovery of all Army electrical and mechanical equipment. It was form in 1942 from the combined repair services of the Ordnanace  and Service Corps. It was given the Royal prefix in 1948 His Majesty King George  VI. On 1 December 2006, the last independent RAEME Workshop was disbanded. RAEME soldiers continue in their role to provide support through attachment to other units in Tech Support Troops, Sections or Platoons.

See:  http://www.raeme.org.au/index.php/about-us/raeme-history


18th November 2019

New KKK’s (Koala-Kangaroo-Kookaburras) thanks to Carol:

and also a new Landico:


New NSW Military Forces buttons: This one is made for W.Chorley of Sydney. There are also are backmarked Stokes & Martin, C. Anderson, Price & Co and David Jones.















17th November 2019

New Finds:

circa early 1960s.

Mid 1950s Beutron. 1960s Astor.

A jar of assorted buttons and other stuff; is it worth buying? I can see one Woolworths card in there, but what else? Naughtily I peel the sticky tape away to unscrew the lid … I am hoping to buy it, not rob it! Aha, a partial card of Beutron tub buttons. Worth the money then. At home after sorting out the contents, I have gleened the buttons below. The Australian ones are at the top. There is also a several cute glass bottons sporting cats and a rooster, and a cuff-link that I’ll pass on to another collector.