National Button Week 2015

Squeak!  Just getting in under the wire here—with
nine little button goodies for you to ponder:

Starting with this vintage paperweight glass button with a
gold leaf elephant seen through the windows . . . it’s 5/8″ in
diameter:

 

gold leaf elephant in old paperweight button ©booksandbuttons

gold leaf elephant in old
paperweight button ©booksandbuttons

 

side view of paperweight button ©booksandbuttons

side view of paperweight
button ©booksandbuttons

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Little “charmstring” buttons were favorites with Victorian girls.  Here’s
a pretty blue cone shaped one I like:

blue charmstring button 1/2" in diameter ©booksandbuttons

blue charmstring button 1/2″ in diameter ©booksandbuttons

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This porcelain button with gold rim has some nice age . . .

porcelain button with hand painted roses is one inch in diameter ©booksandbuttons

porcelain button with hand painted roses is one inch in diameter ©booksandbuttons

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lithograph buttons were popular in the nineteenth century.
And ladies were a favorite subject.  This button has an
interesting fleur-di-lis border:

lithograph button is 1 1/4 inches in diameter ©booksandbuttons

lithograph button is 1 1/4 inches in diameter ©booksandbuttons

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jacksonian buttons were in use from 1840 to the 1850s.
There is a good article in this month’s National Button Society
booklet.  I was told my button represents farm equipment.
It is 9/16 inches in diameter.

Jacksonian button. Click to enlarge ©booksandbuttons

Jacksonian button. Click to enlarge ©booksandbuttons

 

 

 

 

 

the back of the Jacksonian button reads "Fancy Orange Colour" ©booksandbuttons

the back of the Jacksonian button reads “Fancy Orange Colour” ©booksandbuttons

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Everyone loves Bakelite buttons.  (Am I generalizing here?)
This oddly shaped and designed one is one inch in diameter:

Bakelite button ©booksandbuttons

Bakelite button ©booksandbuttons

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nursery rhyme characters are fun to collect, too.
Here is one inch Ring Around the Rosy—-Kate Greenway cutout:

Kate Greenaway nursery button ©booksandbuttons

Kate Greenaway nursery
button ©booksandbuttons

 

 

 

 

 

And a hard to find Tom Thumb:

Large One and 7/8 inch in diameter Tom Thumb nursery rhyme button ©booksandbuttons

Large One and 7/8 inch in diameter Tom Thumb
nursery rhyme button ©booksandbuttons

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And we’ll finish up in the nursery at bedtime with a teddy bear
button.  He is 7/8 inches in diameter:

brass teddy bear button ©booksandbuttons

brass teddy bear button ©booksandbuttons

 

 

 

 

 

 

It was fun for me to review some of these old favorites and
I hope you enjoyed it as well.

 

 

 

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4 Responses to National Button Week 2015

  1. Buttondeb says:

    What a great sampling of button types! That gold elephant is pretty special. I like using the playing cards for mounting–very clever!

  2. Stefanie says:

    Love the teddy bear button!

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