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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    Thursday, October 29, 2015

    Children's games..BUTTONS

     Bat and Ball
    Hoop Rolling (Hoop Rolling is both a sport and a child’s game in which a large hoop is rolled along the ground, generally by means of an object wielded by the player. The aim of the game is to keep the hoop upright for long periods of time or to do various tricks
    Hide and Seek or called Blind man's Bluff

    Wednesday, October 14, 2015


    Some of the materials
    glass, fabric, pearl, metal,celluloid, horn, wood, plastic, composition
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    Sunday, September 27, 2015

    Victorian Charm String

    683 buttons and a few non button mementos on my charm string none are vintage nor modern buttons ALL are antique some of the materials, rubber, horn, vegetable ivory, china, swirlback glass and other glass, black glass, tintype, pearl, metals, several military, and one I recently noticed a gilt brass Jacksonian with head of George Washington. There are 2 pieces of colored yarn I added to mark the Jacksonian and the other a Goodyear token  
    Thank you Tim H. for the image of my charm string

    I found the following info on charm strings online written by  Diana Epstein and Millicent Safro (shop owners of Tender Buttons NY) this article was reprinted from Bead and Button, Feb 1995
      Victorian Charm Strings
    Diana Epstein and Millicent Safro describe the once popular past time of charm strings in Victorian America.
    In Stories of Mother Goose, little Tommy Tucker says, "You know what a charm string is. Just ever so many pretty buttons strung together and worn around your neck." Nineteenth century folk wisdom had it that a girl should acquire 999 buttons on a string. When she added the thousandth, she would meet her Prince Charming.
    These strings of buttons, sometimes called "memory strings," were a fad of the 1860s that remained popular until 1900. Delightful stories have been handed down. One is that each friend and member of the family donate a button. Another is that a charm string was a game or rivalry, not a romantic pursuit. Gaining the thousandth button doomed the girl to spinsterhood. Another story credits the idea of charm strings to a mid-19th century newspaper competition.
    In all these folklore accounts, there are similar rules and requirements for gathering the buttons: They should be one-of-a-kind, the prettiest and most brilliant available. Preferably they should be gifts from friends, suitors or family members or traded with another stringer. They should not be bought. While unfinished, the charm string was kept in plain view to inspire visitors to contribute buttons and also to boast and tell colorful stories of acquisition. "This button was given by Aunt Abigail from the gown she wore to the Inaugural Ball," or "this button was from Grandfather's Civil War uniform."
    As with photo albums and stereopticon views, Proustian memories were recalled and stories told by families during summer afternoons on the porch or long winter days by the fireplace rummaging through Mother's and Grandmother's button boxes. These nostalgic receptacles were the leading sources of materials for charm strings, as Victorian girls inadvertently became this country's first button collectors.
    To begin a string, a young girl would tie a large button, called a touch button, onto a long string. She would then continue stringing on the very finest small glass and jeweled buttons of the period. Original charm strings of the late 19th century had a large quantity of very small and dainty glass buttons, including early paperweight buttons, as well as small Victorian metals of the period. Some charm strings also included meaningful amulets and tiny objects with family or school-day associations, such as charms, coins, baskets made from nut or fruit pits, miniature dolls' arms and legs, or religious medals.
    Charm strings with a thousand buttons are seldom found today. In fact, most were never finished. That is they contained far fewer than the legendary 999 or 1000 buttons. Many strings had difficulty surviving storage or were divided by families wanting to share mementos. Or they were cut by collectors who couldn't resist picking up some of the rare and valuable buttons on them, which they then grouped with other buttons of the same materials and type.
    But should you be lucky enough to happen upon a charm string - perhaps with the needle still attached - the primary guideline for determining if it is original and authentically intact is to consider the age and condition of the string or wire and to determine if all the buttons were made during the proper period. Whether enjoyed for its visual abundance or as a consulting library of 19th century buttons, the charm string is an American folk art and is, to put it simply, charming.
    In the mid-1960s, when our own antique-button pilgrimage began, we visited the Just Button Museum in Southington, CT (now closed), where the informative and feisty curator, Sally Luscomb, showed us an enormously long, authentic 999-button charm string. With her generous enthusiasm for teaching, Sally went over the buttons, detailing the facts and fancies of each. The string began with a large 1851 Goodyear hard rubber touch button, and the remainder were small (1/4 to 3/4 in.) randomly strung buttons, primarily glass, pewter, brass, and china. Although the buttons were individually fascinating, for us it was the mystique of the whole string, exciting in its serpentine sculpture, presenting a biography in buttons of a past life and time. Pursuing our fascination, we read about a ninety-year old woman who had acquired many of her buttons when she resided abroad. Her charm string was unusual.
    Rather than different single buttons, she strung sets of from three to ten of a kind. They recalled her studies in Paris, a courtship in Venice, her marriage to an Englishman reared in China, and a honeymoon on the island of Capri.
    New York City's Cooper Union Museum (now the Cooper-Hewitt Museum), in a show titled "Four Thousand and One Buttons," once exhibited a much-admired button string belonging to Emily Childs, whose father was a New York merchant. She composed a string of about 800 buttons given to her by an importer. They were variations of the same style from sample cards, in many colors and different sizes, a fascinating record of manufacture of the period.
    One of the most interesting charm strings was found in an antiques shop in Pennsylvania in the 1940s. It was marked "Hinkeltown September 10, 1872, Mary Ann Fritzes Charm String." The buttons were mounted in horizontal rows on brown paper, and underneath each button miss Fritzes identified the giver and the relationship, much like a friendship quilt. This string is in the collection of the State Museum of Pennsylvania in Harrisburg.
    Though we researched and searched all we could - traveling to antiques shops and flea markets hoping to find the rare and coveted charm string - one of our best finds came to us on a peaceful, uneventful day in our shop: A woman brought in a shoe box containing an original charm string with an old, wrinkled note for identification: "Button String, Over 50 years old. Amity Quakenbush." This string has nearly 1,000 delightful, small, early to mid-19th century buttons, with just enough highlights to make our collectors' hearts lurch - a tintype of a young girl, a micromosaic of Roman ruins, Jenny Lind molded in cranberry glass, a Goodyear hard rubber of two frogs dancing in delight, a French millefiori paperweight, a Civil War black glass with the intaglio word "Union," a Confederate infantry eagle, and a button rimmed with gilt picturing an early locomotive.

    Sunday, September 13, 2015

    Laocoon Mythology sterling Button

    Laocoon Mythology Button, a priest of Troy, who had urged the Trojans not to bring the wooden horse into the city. His warnings went unheeded. While he and his two sons were about to sacrifice a bull to Poseidon, two serpents sent by Poseidon at Athena’s urging, crawled out of the sea and crushed them to death.
     The button design was taken from the Greek sculpture of Laocoon in the Vatican Museum
    This button was found years ago at a button show in a $1.00 “poke box” it was very dirty and dark but the collector through it may be sterling when she brought it home and cleaned it sure enough its marked STERLING on the back
    Large (2 x 2 1/2) one piece with a loop image isn't good as it is much brighter and doesn't have the yellow/orange color  
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    Saturday, August 22, 2015

    Colorado buttons and pins etc. my fun card

    Colorado buttons and pins etc.
    3 brass uniform buttons: State seal, Colorado police, State Industrial School (which was located in Golden)
     the gold miners pan button was a favor button at one of the state shows
    bottom left studio buttons fabric and wood with the state flower and just above the small Coors beer mug is a pearl logo button from JHB
    I didn't want to take this card out of the frame so its not a clear image
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    I have been a member of the Colorado State Button Society for over 30 years

    Friday, August 7, 2015

    Swans and Peacock Buttons

    I recently put this card together of some of my Swans and Peacock buttons
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    Wednesday, July 22, 2015

    Mother Goose Nursery Rhyme button sets..Lois Calkins

    The sets are:
    Hey Diddle Diddle
    Sing a Song of Sixpence
    Jack and Jill
    Humpty Dumpty
    Three Little Kittens
    Mary and Her Little Lamb
    Goose that Laid Golden Eggs
    Old King Cole
    Lois didn’t personally make these buttons she worked with artists in Japan through the Foreign Trade and Industries Agency.
    She approved the designs and imported the buttons with the 1st of the sets shipped to the U.S. in 1954
    There are 8 sets, each with 4 buttons
    Porcelain with self shank, size 1 inch diameter, backmarked LC
    Lois passed away in 2002
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    Friday, July 10, 2015

    Gnome buttons

    Gnomes are thought to have originated in Scandinavia and were first sighted well over 2000 years ago.
    Only 6 inches high, the gnome is a cheerful, warmhearted, generous creature.
    A favorite custom consists of giving presents to departing guest. These presents may be natural things, useful things, or writings to be pondered upon.
    The gnome’s big heart more than makes up for his tiny size!
    The buttons are small size plastic (click on image to enlarge)

    Sunday, June 14, 2015

    Happy Flag Day and upcoming 4th of July..buttons

    I just listed this group of buttons they are available in my ecrater button store, the 2 at the bottom are vintage glass and rest are plastic

    Wednesday, May 20, 2015

    Corn Cob buttons

    I enjoy homestead/pioneer pieces and thought that most likely our pioneer ancestors made buttons out of corn cobs.  It was a fun challenge to create one for my primitive project.  The corn cob button looks just right on the pocket made of old mustard wool blanket.
    Amazing how like wood the corn cob is.  Marsha 
    Thank you Marsha for sharing your interesting buttons
    If you would like to purchase one of  her buttons or
    if anyone wants to know how she made the buttons, they can inquire