Sunday, April 26, 2015

Raggedy Ann & Andy ceramic buttons

Raggedy Ann & Andy ceramic buttons
I acquired these years ago in a collection, I have always wondered if they were commercially made or studio buttons.. because they are not signed and dated I will never know.
 If you are a studio button artist please sign and date your work.

OMG! I have looked at these 2 buttons several times over the years and did not notice THEY ARE signed (but not dated) thanks to Ronnie W. for noticing the SHIRLEY backmark
Shirley Shaw and her sister Stella Rzanski starting making buttons in the early 1970’s. The early buttons were not signed later they signed SR and the year

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Porcelain buttons with designs

According to Jocelyn Howells button book  “Button Materials from A to Z” these are fairly scarce buttons they are a type of porcelain with designs that resemble some china buttons, they have a cemented-in metal loop shank.
In her book she asks if anyone can identify the manufacturer and are they vintage or antique?
Jocelyn is the author of three books about identifying button materials, including two on synthetic polymers exclusively, based on more than 10 years of intense research and study. 
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