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
 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


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.
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
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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Friday, January 6, 2017

Snow-people buttons

My fun card..some materials are ceramic, wood, brass, plastic
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Thursday, December 8, 2016

Paramount Pictures button

Paramount Pictures dates its existence from the 1912 founding date
Paramount Pictures Corporation (known professionally as Paramount Pictures and often referred to simply as Paramount) is an American film studio, television production company and film distributor based in Hollywood, California
Paramount Pictures's said to be based on the combination of two mountains, Artesonraju and Ben Lomond 
The antique button is brass  B/m  BROOKS UNIFORM CO. N.Y. 

Monday, November 14, 2016

ACORN buttons

I received 3rd place ribbon for ACORNS at a recent button show
Judges comments: 1st place had movable and greater variety of materials.
 They loved the oval fabric
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Sunday, October 2, 2016


Some of my fish buttons, I  especially love the seahorse it is enamel on copper a studio button by Herman Lowenstein  made many years ago.
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Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Human Hands..buttons

My card  I recently entered in our state button show
Award was written as OBJECTS specialized to the human hand
 Look for hands to be involved in different activities
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Monday, August 22, 2016

ALASKA..interesting card with BUTTONS

 I acquired this card many years ago and recently acquired (and added) the HAPPY ANNIVERSARY 25 ALASKA card with the button (on the left) attached to it, a metal button marked Sterling on the back
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Wednesday, August 3, 2016

This card with button came to me in a collection I acquired from a long time collector

The button is brass with a N.Y. backmark
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Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Scottie dogs..buttons

I have many cards of various breed’s of dogs but I have 4 full cards of just Scottie dog’s my theory why it is the most popular dog depicted on buttons is this
Fala (April 7, 1940 – April 5, 1952), a Scottish Terrier, was the dog of U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt.(he was pres. 1933 to 1945) One of the most famous presidential pets, Fala captured the attention of the public in the United States and followed Roosevelt everywhere, becoming part of his public image. Given to the Roosevelts by a cousin, Fala knew how to perform tricks; his White House antics were widely covered in the media and often referenced both by Roosevelt and his wife, Eleanor Roosevelt. Fala survived Roosevelt by seven years and was buried beside him. A statue of him beside Roosevelt is prominently featured in Washington, D.C.'s Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial, the only presidential pet so honored.

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Monday, March 7, 2016

Saturday, January 30, 2016


One of my cards of CATS..metal, ceramic, stone, fabric, pearl, glass, celluloid and other plastics antique vintage and a few modern buttons
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Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Insect buttons

A card of some of my antique and vintage INSECT buttons
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Sunday, January 3, 2016

Bethlehem pearl buttons

Just button magazine Sept. 1957
“From the Holy Land”
The following story may very easily describe the pearl buttons brought to this country, 1945-50 by Mr. Henry Golding
There are several in the Just Buttons Museum, a gift from Mr. Golding in 1950
“In the wide –eyed amazement we watched the skilled artisans drilling holes (with tools dating back to the eras of the Crusades) in the Mother of Pearl shells and beginning to scoop out the pattern (without even first sketching in the design!)
After literally hundreds of tiny strokes with a crude chisel, the design began to take shape and we held our breath at the last of a thousand or more scooping's. Only one slight miscalculation and the piece would be ruined.
     It was no surprise to us to learn that such highly skilled artisans are few in number. Every year young hopefuls apply at the atelier determined to achieve the exalted status of Master Artisan--a mush coveted craft distinction won only after three long years of grueling apprenticeship—resulting in the fabled wage of $3.00 a day!  But no more than two or three out of ten apprentices will make the grade. The unsuccessful aspirants are destined for the less demanding tasks of carving beads and sculpting undistinguished jewelry for the local market”
Mr. Golding sold these buttons by ads in the JB magazine from 1946 through 1952 then they were sold exclusivity by Sally Luscomb for several years then late other button dealers sold them
The buttons are still being sold today BUT the workmanship carving’s are not like the older ones
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Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Native American Indians..BUTTONS..Happy Thanksgiving

Fun Facts about the First Thanksgiving
  • The Plymouth Pilgrims were the first to celebrate the Thanksgiving.
  • The Pilgrims sailed across the Atlantic Ocean to reach North America.
  • They sailed on the ship, which was known by the name of 'Mayflower'.
  • They celebrated the first Thanksgiving Day at Plymouth, Massachusetts.
  • The Wampanoag Indians were the people who taught the Pilgrims how to cultivate the land.
  • The Pilgrim leader, Governor William Bradford, had organized the first Thanksgiving feast in 1621. He invited the neighboring Wampanoag Indians to the feast.
  • The first Thanksgiving celebration lasted three days.
  • Mashed potatoes, pumpkin pies, popcorn, milk, corn on the cob, and cranberries were not foods present on the first Thanksgiving's feast table.
  • Lobster, rabbit, chicken, fish, squashes, beans, chestnuts, hickory nuts, onions, leeks, dried fruits, maple syrup and honey, radishes, cabbage, carrots, eggs, and goat cheese are thought to have made up the first Thanksgiving feast.
  • The pilgrims didn't use forks; they ate with spoons, knives, and their fingers.
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  • Saturday, November 14, 2015

    Lady Liberty head busting through face buttons

    Great detailed high-relief picture style buttons with image of Lady Liberty head busting through face
     The design closely resembles the push-through Liberty Head quarters
    These are both large buttons 1st is a celluloid  2nd  is some other type of plastic
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