Saturday, October 19, 2019

Antique shoe buttons

Shoe buttons
These buttons, which were sewed on leather-and fabric-top shoes for fastenings, were made of several materials. Most of them were dome shaped. Black and white were the two most popular colors because they were made to match the shoes; however, colored shoe buttons were made. The colored ones were usually covered with paints, though some were made of colored glass. Unless the glass buttons are found on shoes, it is difficult to differentiate them from small dress buttons
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Shoe button Hooks: Most button hooks found in collections today were made between the 1860s and 1930s. They came into very common use with women's high button-up boots and shoes around 1880, and persisted until after World War I. Shoes for both men and women in the late 1800s were generally made of stiff leather or serge, with between 2 and 26 buttons; getting the buttons through the buttonholes of the stiff material could be a daunting task. Thanks to Paul Rice for this shoe button hooks research.
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Thursday, August 8, 2019

Car covered with BUTTONS


National Button Society show this week at the Red Lion in Portland, OR. this car is in the parking lot
 Here is the paper in the window


Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Mushroom buttons


I dislike the taste of mushrooms but do like mushroom buttons
Some materials: celluloid, glass, wood, metal, ceramic, plastic and 1 large studio antler by Richard Carpenter

Sunday, March 24, 2019

Colt rouge container buttons

Colt rouge container buttons
These are amino resin made for a short time in the 1940's by the plastics division of the Colt Firearm Company
The Cameo embossed lid screws off. Originally these were filled with rouge or perfume. When empty, the mark "COLT" may be seen inside the container

These are all Colt buttons. The ones in the top row plus the first two in the second row are all Colt Perfume buttons. I’ve noted the perfume fragrance under each of the seven buttons.
They are each stamped in black with the name on the back of the button. Some of the Perfume buttons have solid perfume in them and some still have a scent, a very old scent
The remaining buttons are all Colt Rouge buttons  — no names on the back and some of these still have rouge
Card belongs to
Elaine Cossman long time button collector, button dealer at state and National shows
          She started this collection in 1992

This is her work card. It’s recycled and isn’t pristine. No thought was given to placement except for keeping the perfume buttons together and the Rouge buttons together.
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  Elaine thank you for permission to post this AWESOME card

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From the Big Book of Buttons
a short-lived novelty button made about 1945. The small, plastic rouge container has a screw-on top decorated with a molded cameo- style head.
The lower part of the container is fitted with a plastic shank
First Big (blue) Book printed in 1981 and reprinted (red) in 1991 valued the button at $4
The new (2 volume-red) Big Book the price guide values it at $40-$60


                                                             

Sunday, February 24, 2019

The EAGLE..Buttons

The Eagle
Many centuries before it became an emblem of the United States, this bird had been accepted as the symbol of St. John the Evangelist. John's spirit is said to be like the eagle's in its soaring flight to the throne of God. The evangelist mentions the eagle several times in the Apocalypse. One passage is of particular interest because it includes the symbols of all four evangelists:..and around the throne, are four living creatures, full of eyes before and behind. And the first living creature is like a lion and the second like a calf , and the third has the face, as it were, of a man, and the fourth is like an eagle flying"
Locally, the eagle is also a symbol of Boston College (Pilot Drawing by Ronery
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Monday, June 18, 2018

Sunday, May 13, 2018

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Monkey Buttons

coconut shell, plastic, black glass, brown glass, brass, ceramic
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Friday, March 2, 2018

BAT buttons


The first button (antler)was made by studio button artist Richard Carpenter, 4 black glass and 4 metal
antique and vintage buttons
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Sunday, December 17, 2017

shamrock and four-leaf clover plant life BUTTONS




1st row: A shamrock is a young sprig of clover, used as a symbol of Ireland, Saint Patrick, Ireland’s patron saint, is said to have used it as a metaphor for the Christian Holy Trinity

The four-leaf clover is a rare variation of the common three-leaf clover. According to tradition, such clovers bring good luck
 
 
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Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Monday, October 2, 2017

Monday, September 11, 2017

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Mushroom buttons

A mushroom is neither a fruit nor a vegetable; technically mushrooms aren't even plants. They are a special type of fungus—a notion that puts some people off. If you don't mind the fungus part, though, mushrooms are a great addition to a healthy diet—not to mention totally delicious.
 
Materials: glass, metal, ceramic, wood, plastic and center button in last row is a Richard Carpenter studio antler button 
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Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Ceramic buttons from Robinson Brick Co. Denver, CO


The above buttons I acquired in a Denver collection years ago.
The article is from CO. state bulletin 1983
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 Robinson Brick Co. was founded in 1880
G. Robinson sold the business in 2006
Thankfully Joy researched these buttons and wrote this article because there isn’t any other history nor buttons available from G. Robinson or the Company
As a button collector I want to THANK all of the collectors that research and write articles for state bulletins and the National Button Bulletins
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Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Nosegay, Tussie Mussie buttons

A nosegay, Tussie-Mussie, or posy is a small flower bouquet, typically given as a gift. They have existed in some form since at least medieval times, when they were carried or worn around the head or bodice.
So a nosegay was an ornament that appeals to the nose or nostril.
The posy holder is a lady's accessory in silver or other metal, resembling a small vase.
 In earlier times before sanitation and concerns with personal hygiene, the nosegays were carried to superstitiously ward off disease or to camouflage the unpleasant smells of the street.
Buttons are antique and vintage..1 horn, 1 pearl, 3 glass, 1 plastic and rest are metal
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Monday, June 5, 2017

Lacy Glass Buttons


Lacy Glass buttons were made at the end of the nineteenth and the beginning of the twentieth century
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Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Penguin..buttons

PENGUINS
From 1933 to 1935, American aviator Richard Byrd was on expedition to the South Pole, having first flown a discovery mission there in 1929. His exploits were photographed for the pubic at home, and his every move reported on. When Byrd arranged to export a shipment of penguins to a few American zoos, the public suddenly went wild for penguins. Manufacturers reacted by including penguin designs on all manner of objects, and the image of the tux-clad birds appeared over and over in print as well, throughout the 1930’s.
Tragically, all of the penguins from Byrd's shipments became victims of viruses and impurities their lungs had never before been exposed to. Once veterinarians studied the problem, they discovered that the birds needed to be kept in protective sealed airspace's; the next round of penguins that were imported did survive and million of Americans flocked to zoos to see them.
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some of the button materials: glass, metal, coconut shell, pearl, ivory, celluloid and other plastics
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Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Giraffe buttons

Giraffe buttons in honor of Alice and her new calf
Born April 15th, 2017
update: The calf was named Tajiri, a Swahili word that means HOPE
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Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Sam Biern buttons


Sam Biern buttons
Sam was born in Hungary in 1905 he came to the U.S. after the first World War in 1920.  In 1933 during the depression he started to make odd and different buttons, and made them his business. The type of button he made was different, and its said his pleasure was greater in designing them than in selling them. Every button he made has his name on the back, Sam Biern N.Y. Sometimes the back-mark is in a raised oval shape and others incised into the metal
Almost every type of material was used: brass, copper, white metal, zinc, aluminum, pewter, plastic, leather, cloth and jewels
For 28 years he manufactured buttons, buckles, ornaments and costume jewelry. His business went under the name Sam Biern, Inc. He had 92 employees
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ref: National Button Bulletins: Dec.1987 pg. 235, May 88 Pg. 72 and Oct. 88 pg. 173
more about him and several black/white pictures of his buttons in above articles
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Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Snow Skiing buttons

Snow Skiing buttons
Oh how I loved to ski,  my favorite button is the hand-painted pearl which was painted in Sun Valley, Idaho in 1936
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Saturday, January 21, 2017

Music theme buttons



My fun cards of music theme buttons antique, vintage and modern buttons.
 Some materials-wood, glass, ceramic, metal and plastic
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