Exploring an Old Tin of Buttons

Had some fun going through an old tin of buttons this afternoon.
Don’t stop anything special you’re doing, but if you have a minute
I’ll show you what I found . . .

This heavy large round cannister is full of buttons—old ship the
Shirley Jean on the cover.  Do you know its history?  Neither do I.

(note: for some reason my photos are not enlarging, will work on it)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I was mainly going through to see what buttons I wanted to save for

inside the button box ©booksandbuttons

inside the button box ©booksandbuttons

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

myself and what I would put off til another day.  First I pulled out the
cute old red plastic ones and there were quite a few.  The little red star
has a tip broken off, but the rest are in generally good “used” condition.
A silver penny—a black thread leads to it—shows the relative size of
the group—from 1/2 an inch to 1 1/2 inches in diameter.  I decided to
try to sell those on ebay.

about 60 Vintage red plastic buttons ©booksandbuttons

about 60 Vintage red plastic buttons ©booksandbuttons

 

 

a silver penny shows relative sizes of the red button collection ©booksandbuttons

a silver penny shows relative sizes of the red button collection click to enlarge  ©booksandbuttons

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And as I pulled the red ones, I bumped into plenty of others of interest.

I guess my favorites would be the old, old brass ones–maybe from the
1800s?  Three had turned green and I threw those away to keep them
from contaminating the rest of them.  Hope I’m not too late.

Ten early brass buttons ©booksandbittons about 5/8 in in diameter ©booksandbuttons

Ten early brass buttons ©booksandbittons about 5/8 in in diameter ©booksandbuttons

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And the sparklers!! Love them!

sparkly rhinestone buttons from the 1950s era ©booksandbuttons

sparkly rhinestone buttons from the 1950s era ©booksandbuttons

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I made a special grouping I call “yearning for the fifties” because there
is something about them that reminds me of when I was younger.  Look
at those pink shades!  Ooh, I get shivers.

Variety of 1950 costume buttons surround a large black velvet button ©booksandbuttons

Variety of 1950 costume buttons surround a large black velvet button ©booksandbuttons

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Last photo shows some antique celluloids—not a favorite category of
mine, but the National Button Society has esteem for them, so I do, too.

Old celluloid buttons from the 1920s and 1930s ©booksandbuttons

Old celluloid buttons from the 1920s and 1930s ©booksandbuttons

 

 

 

 

 

I still have a lot of buttons left
in that round tin!  Hope you can find a good buy of buttons to sort through, too.

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2 Responses to Exploring an Old Tin of Buttons

  1. Buttondeb says:

    Well, even though you said “Don’t stop what you are doing…”, I had to, once I learned that you were exploring an old box of buttons!
    Those are some real beauties. Look forward to seeing more!

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