Thursday, August 21, 2014

Porridge Time button

This antique button is called “Porridge Time”
 Stamped brass applied to a flat, textured brass back, with applied steel star. The button also comes without the star, with the star it is a scarce button
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Friday, August 8, 2014

Jasperware buttons: Marie La Barre-Bennett

Marie La Barre-Bennett, studio button artist
She first made buttons in 1953. She had been a button collector since 1943.
 She used many colors: lavender, green, brown, red, black and white.
 All of her molds were destroyed after her death in 1969
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Friday, August 1, 2014

"The Little Colonel" button

The figure is of silvered brass and is applied to a flat lacquered brass button with engraved wall and archway,etc.
Annie Fellows Johnston (1863-1931), a celebrated author of children's and juvenile fiction from the 1890's until her death in 1931, is best known for her "Little Colonel" (1895) series, a semi biographical opus of 13 novels dealing with the aristocracy of old Kentucky, particularly the story of a young girl, who came to be known as "The Little Colonel." (The little girl was based upon a real child the author met while on a  visit to Kentucky) Her works sold millions of copies, and were translated into over 40 languages, including Japanese.  
The fame of The Little Colonel peaked in 1935 with the film of the same name starring Shirley Temple & Lionel Barrymore.