Myerstown Button Show April 2014

Bird under glass, leather mount 3/4" diam. ©booksandbuttons

Bird under glass, leather mount 3/4″ diam. ©booksandbuttons

Pretty day last Friday and O’Half and WOODY and I headed out
to the middle of Pennsylvania!  Day trip for Woody!  He usually goes
to the spa while we’re out on a sizable trip, but he was good as gold
the whole time with us.  But you want to see the buttons we bought . . .

I shouldn’t actually use the pronoun “we” because “they” sat outside
the Lantern Lodge where the show was held—while I did all the
hard work.  Want to see what I bought?  It’s a mixed bag—get out
your pencils and be ready to vote for your favorite.

I bought this nice variety of fabric buttons:  can’t decide which one I
like best, can you?

Fabric buttons: that black oblong "trapunto" style button is 1 3/4" long.

Fabric buttons: that black
oblong “trapunto” style button is 1 3/4″ long. Click on photo to enlarge.

An important (to me) find was this military locket button.
These were used in WW I and WW II and the soldier could
carry a photo of his sweetheart with him.  Or I suppose a
Wac/Wave, etc could carry a photo of her sweetheart with her.

Military locket button 7/8 inch in diameter

Military locket button 7/8 inch in diameter

This one didn’t come with any photos but I think I’m going
to put tiny pictures of my Uncle Eddie and Aunt Mary in
there.  Good project, hm?

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These buttons don’t look unusual, but you can tell if
they will be locket buttons by looking for the Los Angeles
maker on the backmark.

This next group of ASSORTED MATERIALS is kind of fun.
I’ll tell you right now that I dearly love that black leather
button with the white leather strips–looks so ultra designer.
The back is incised Made in Czechoslovakia.  I expect someone
will select the little white glass dog . . .

Assorted materials: the black and white leather button is 1 inch in diameter.

Assorted materials: the black and white leather button is 1 inch in diameter.

This next pretty button is, I think, enamel on tin, and
has an A.P.& Cie PARIS backmark:

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Wow!  I finally managed a side-by-side photo setup.

Two pretty little VELVET back buttons–btw, the
button on the right gets O’Half’s vote for favorite.

Buttons with velvet . . The button with the porcelain border is 7/8 in in diameter.

Buttons with velvet . . The button with the porcelain border is 7/8 in in diameter.

One set of buttons to go . . .these are DESIGNER
buttons—one of my favorite categories—-the white
metal “bug” button is by Francois Hugo and the other
two fab heavy plastic ones are by Scemama.   The
red, white and blue “three flowers” button gets my
vote for favorite of the day.

Francois Hugo insect button is 1 1/8" diameter.  Other two buttons are by Scemama.  Note 5 holes in star.

Francois Hugo insect button is 1 1/8″ diameter. Other two buttons are by Scemama. Note 5 holes in star.

I bought one other item—-by Schiaparelli—but
I’m saving THAT for another post—

Thanks for watching—

Woody!

Woody!

 

 

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6 Responses to Myerstown Button Show April 2014

  1. Buttondeb says:

    You are right that it is hard to pick a fave, but if I had too, I would go with the sweet bird under glass.
    Nice haul! And “Go, Woody!”

    • booksandbuttons says:

      Yes, Buttondeb, that’s a nice button–has some age, too.
      The back is a metal shank on a metal plate–looks like
      it’s clamped into the leather. Thanks for your vote–
      stay tuned as the hundreds of votes come in . . .

  2. FictionFan says:

    Well, Woody wins by miles, of course!! But loads of these buttons look great too. I particularly like the fabric embroidered ones, but by far my favourite overall is the military locket. What a lovely idea, and something I had no idea existed. A pity there were no photos in it to tell its story, but I’m sure you’ll enjoy your project of turning it into something personal to you…

    • booksandbuttons says:

      Thanks for your vote! Just this morning I selected two photos
      from an old family album (not Uncle Eddie and Aunt Mary after all)
      Will post the “finished” locket soon.

  3. Booksilver says:

    My favorite is (are) the two bird buttons — the one under glass, mostly, and also the flying goose (duck?).

    That locket button would make a great short story somehow.

    You know, Woody’s eyes look a little like those shoe-button eyes that old Teddies have…. nice.

    • booksandbuttons says:

      Thanks for voting, Booksilver! I guess that counts
      as TWO votes (two birds). Frankly, the voting is
      going slowly (!) but the glassy bird is in the lead.
      PS I’ll tell Woody his compliment. Nice eyes.

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