Friday, May 21, 2010
This is a card I entered in a button show several years ago..Award read, SHELL specialized to painted or encrusted, gilded, cut steels, watch wheel, Colonial pearl and backgrounds. Hope you can see the picture as these are lovely buttons. (click to enlarge)
Monday, May 17, 2010
The fop was a stock character in English literature and especially comic drama, as well as satirical prints. He is a "man of fashion" who overdresses, aspires to wit, and generally puts on airs, which may include aspiring to a higher social station than others think he has. He may be somewhat effeminate, although this rarely affects his pursuit of an heiress. He may also overdo being fashionably French by wearing French clothes and using French vocabulary.
The buttons on this card are antique, all are metal.
Sunday, May 9, 2010
Tintypes, more properly called ferrotypes, were quite popular in the period from 1850's through the early 1900's. The introduction of this method of photography was a great step forward in producing multiple permanent images. This was done by projecting a positive image on a thin plate of japanned iron which had been coated with a collodion emulsion. The process was inexpensive.
For use on buttons, the same image was reproduced many times, close together, on one sheet. The pictures were cut out with a circular chisel to make button disks.
Tintypes buttons are almost all small brass-rimmed men's waistcoat (vest) buttons; the far-fewer larger ones were worn on women's dresses.
It is said men going to war wore small-size buttons on their vests with pictures of their mothers, children, wives, or sweethearts. Many tintypes are pictures of Royal, military and political leaders and other famous people.
The only one on my card that I know of is the top button..Actress Adah Isaccs Menken (1835-1868), whose main claim to fame was from her stage role in MUZEPPA and her scandalous exit from the stage--riding, in a nude-colored body stocking, strapped to the back of a galloping horse. It brought down the house at theatres worldwide.
CLICK on picture to enlarge.
Interesting hats, hair styles and clothing!
Monday, May 3, 2010
From my personal collection..materials: bakelite, metal, rubber, celluloid, plastic, fabric, the purple button is poly-clay and those are REAL teeth. FUN CARD!
I do have a small group of lip buttons for sale under the Mixed Materials category @Pegs Buttons