Hello–bought some “new” buttons at an antique shop yesterday and noticed that there was writing inscribed on the back around the metal shank. I couldn’t read what it said until I used a magnifying glass at home. Even then, it was tricky but I believe it says “shank guaranteed” on each of the three larger buttons. The five matching smaller buttons have no marking on the back. I read in Sally Luscomb’s book The Collectors Encyclopedia of Buttons that “Several inventions were patented for attaching a loop shank to one-and two-piece buttons of almost every kind of material.” and maybe these buttons fall into that general category of patented shanks.
I think the buttons are celluloid–what do you think? Another guess of mine is that they are bakelite with a lighter colored celluloid as decoration. There is another photo of the group below.
The dealer’s tag on the buttons said “a fabulous set of buttons dating from the 20s or 30s. I’ll go along with the dates, but not sure that I would use the word “fabulous” to describe them.
I’ll be watching my mail to see if my readers have any information for me on these. I am so sorry that I couldn’t get a good photo of that backmark. (On the other hand, you probably don’t really care very much . Oh, well.) Maybe I’ll keep trying for a better shot. So don’t leave your computer untended!
Happy New Year. I look forward to a new year of button collecting and hope you do, too. Who knows what we’ll find?