Saturday, October 19, 2019

Antique shoe buttons

Shoe buttons
These buttons, which were sewed on leather-and fabric-top shoes for fastenings, were made of several materials. Most of them were dome shaped. Black and white were the two most popular colors because they were made to match the shoes; however, colored shoe buttons were made. The colored ones were usually covered with paints, though some were made of colored glass. Unless the glass buttons are found on shoes, it is difficult to differentiate them from small dress buttons
Shoe button Hooks: Most button hooks found in collections today were made between the 1860s and 1930s. They came into very common use with women's high button-up boots and shoes around 1880, and persisted until after World War I. Shoes for both men and women in the late 1800s were generally made of stiff leather or serge, with between 2 and 26 buttons; getting the buttons through the buttonholes of the stiff material could be a daunting task. Thanks to Paul Rice for this shoe button hooks research.
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Thursday, August 8, 2019

Car covered with BUTTONS

National Button Society show this week at the Red Lion in Portland, OR. this car is in the parking lot
 Here is the paper in the window

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Mushroom buttons

I dislike the taste of mushrooms but do like mushroom buttons
Some materials: celluloid, glass, wood, metal, ceramic, plastic and 1 large studio antler by Richard Carpenter

Sunday, March 24, 2019

Colt rouge container buttons

Colt rouge container buttons
These are amino resin made for a short time in the 1940's by the plastics division of the Colt Firearm Company
The Cameo embossed lid screws off. Originally these were filled with rouge or perfume. When empty, the mark "COLT" may be seen inside the container

These are all Colt buttons. The ones in the top row plus the first two in the second row are all Colt Perfume buttons. I’ve noted the perfume fragrance under each of the seven buttons.
They are each stamped in black with the name on the back of the button. Some of the Perfume buttons have solid perfume in them and some still have a scent, a very old scent
The remaining buttons are all Colt Rouge buttons  — no names on the back and some of these still have rouge
Card belongs to
Elaine Cossman long time button collector, button dealer at state and National shows
          She started this collection in 1992

This is her work card. It’s recycled and isn’t pristine. No thought was given to placement except for keeping the perfume buttons together and the Rouge buttons together.
  Elaine thank you for permission to post this AWESOME card

From the Big Book of Buttons
a short-lived novelty button made about 1945. The small, plastic rouge container has a screw-on top decorated with a molded cameo- style head.
The lower part of the container is fitted with a plastic shank
First Big (blue) Book printed in 1981 and reprinted (red) in 1991 valued the button at $4
The new (2 volume-red) Big Book the price guide values it at $40-$60


Sunday, February 24, 2019

The EAGLE..Buttons

The Eagle
Many centuries before it became an emblem of the United States, this bird had been accepted as the symbol of St. John the Evangelist. John's spirit is said to be like the eagle's in its soaring flight to the throne of God. The evangelist mentions the eagle several times in the Apocalypse. One passage is of particular interest because it includes the symbols of all four evangelists:..and around the throne, are four living creatures, full of eyes before and behind. And the first living creature is like a lion and the second like a calf , and the third has the face, as it were, of a man, and the fourth is like an eagle flying"
Locally, the eagle is also a symbol of Boston College (Pilot Drawing by Ronery
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