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
(click on image to enlarge)

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)