Buttons from St. Louis

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©booksandbuttons

Yes!  Well, you might not have to click to enlarge!

On our recent visit to St. Louis (mainly to revisit old restaurants), we spent some time
foraging in antique markets, shops, etc, and I’d like to share some of the buttons I bought.

I welcome your votes of favorites, and hope that with cooler weather now in September,
you are starting to hunt for your own buttons for your collection.

Here goes–
Top row: celluloid back with Bakelite(?) green loop; brass lady with floral edging on Bakelite base; celluloid with red plastic gemstone

Second row: small paper flowers encased in celluloid dome; terrific open geometric red and
black celluloid button;  two little Terriers on a LARGE button; red wooden button with
separate dangling parts; black sculpted couture button

Third row: Lucite back with white metal lady’s head; black velvet with metal embroidery
trims; large celluloid daisy; black sculpted edge with red stone center;  fabric angel

Bottom row: Arcor of Paris designer button; cute green plastic bunny carrying flowers;
small thin brass pieces encased in celluloid; terrific red celluloid apple

Some closeups:  (click to enlarge)

"Ardor of Paris" signed on the back ©booksandbuttons

“Arcor of Paris” signed on the back ©booksandbuttons

this button is 2 1/2 inches in diameter. ©booksandbuttons

this button is 2 1/2 inches
in diameter. ©booksandbuttons

Fine brass horse with Paris backmark ©booksandbuttons

Fine brass horse with Paris backmark ©booksandbuttons

I know you want to see the backmark! ©booksandbuttons

I know you want to see the backmark! ©booksandbuttons

And, just because buckles are often neighbors of button collections, I
want to show you a buckle set—-the rhinestones, really old, and an
interesting half of a buckle —of horn? with a lady’s head in white
metal.  By the way, they’re pictured on some fabric I bought at
The Quilted Fox in St. Louis—Paris print!

old buckles ©booksandbuttons

old buckles ©booksandbuttons

PS! How could I forget to show you this sweetheart!  It’s a little sailboat
under a dome on red Bakelite!

Red Bakelite with sailboat ©booksandbuttons

Red Bakelite with sailboat ©booksandbuttons

OK, bye for now.

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4 Responses to Buttons from St. Louis

  1. someof those are lovely.I like the boat. I made a map of the world shirt recently for my boyfriend and wanted boat buttons but ended up with aeroplanes which he whined about cos they were hard to do up – theres no pleasing some folk

  2. booksilver says:

    The sailboat button is indeed great, but my favorite by far is the “small thin brass pieces encased in celluloid” (bottom row). If you click twice on the photo you can get a pretty good look at it and it seems to be some kind of seashore theme — a seahorse, a star (starfish?), and a disc with maybe seaweed or something? I couldn’t read the inscription around the edge of the disc. I like the brass shapes and it’s fun that the button has little tiny beads scattered in throughout as well. Plus I’m just always a sucker for things in/under glass, celluloid, you name it.

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