National Button Week 2014 Part I “The Ladies”

Everyone is agog!  It’s National Button Week!  The third
week in March holds the time slot for the most celebrated
week of all — we will once again embark on a thrilling and
possibly educational series of posts this week.  Join the fun!

The theme of our series will be “The Ladies”.  Les dames;
las damas; panie; die Damen; le signore—in whatever
language, you’ve come to the right place.

Button collecting is an old-time hobby, which was officially
recognized in 1938 when the National Button Society was
formed.  There is a wealth of information available on their
website and it would be a great place for you to begin if you
are a newcomer with interest in button collecting.

Anyone can be a button collector—you have a button or two
around the house, right?  You could find or buy more!  Buy
a bunch in an old tin or jar and then sort through them.  That’s
where the fun begins.  Tomorrow I’ll suggest a good book to
help you identify your finds.

Bakelite button with brass embellishment of lady's head. 1 3/4" diameter. ©booksandbuttons

Bakelite button with brass embellishment of lady’s
head. 1 3/4″ diameter.
©booksandbuttons

In the meantime, let’s get started.  Our theme all week will
be buttons with images of ladies, and our first example is a
BAKELITE button with a brass embellishment of a lady’s
head, surrounded by detailed carving and flowers.

Bakelite was a popular all-synthetic plastic which was used,
along with celluloid, in the 1920s to 1940s for buttons and
costume jewelry.   It fell out of favor in the 1950s when cheaper
plastics became available.  Bakelite buttons are very popular
with some button collectors, so they can be difficult to find easily,
and pricey when you do find some.  My button probably dates to
the 1930s –that’s my guess.  Do you think it might have been
a button on a lady’s coat?  Would look fabulous, hm?

I’ll also show you the back of the button with its loop shank
and you can see two small holes where the brass plaque was
attached.

back of button

back of button

The button measures 1 3/4 inches in diameter which puts it
in the “large” category for the National Button Society guidelines.
It is one of my very favorite buttons, so I thought I’d start
with this one.  I hope you like it, too.

Tune in tomorrow for more of “The Ladies”.

Bakelite button with brass embellishment.  ©booksandbuttons

Bakelite button with brass embellishment. ©booksandbuttons

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