BUTTON, BUTTON .....
Welcome to my updated button site. I have recently sold most of my collection, but I still have many buttons. This page is just HEADS... NBS Small, Medium and Large.U.S. S/H is $2.50 for small package. On orders more than $50 I'll pay s/h. Prices as noted will be discounted 15% on orders over $100. Please order by row number/letter as well as price. Questions? Want to see backs and specific measurements other than NBS S, M or L.? Email me at email@example.com. (I don't like the spam I get when I put a quick link to my email address.)
Click HERE to see some nice wooden buttons and also some elephants. Still have a lot of glass, mostly newer than 1918, as well as some and thistles, along with some bakelite realistics, celluloid bubbles and "buffed". I'll get to them ASAP, but in the meantime, I'll do a private showing if you ask.
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Brief history of Collectible Buttons
Interestingly, it appears that the origin of buttons is rather obscure because of the lack of historical, written documentation. Buttons of a sort were used in Egypt at least 4,000 year ago and it's been learned that Chinese Mandarins used buttons to identify their castes and status around 2,000. The earliest documentation of buttons were ornamental, found in a grave of a Bulgarian princess about 600 BC. It has been noted that loose flowing garments worn by the ancient Egyptians, Chinese and others were secured by clasps, buckles, sashes, etc.
Many of the buttons collectors seek are those having been used as decoration on garments worn by royalty. Additionally, people of status wore beautiful buttons as trim. There have been buttons found which tell a story of travels, each button having been hand wrought by an artist, depicting various scenes.
Artists of varied media have found that button collectors admire their work and have pleased us enormously by sharing their talent in the form of gorgeous hand-crafted buttons. These buttons are for "show and tell" at this time, but some will be for sale in the future. However, these artists do sell their art to anyone interested.
Show and Tell
Collecting buttons became one of my passions in 1990, and perhaps you'd like to see some of the finds I've made; I call these buttons SHOW and TELL, but NOT to SELL. These buttons will give you an idea of how members of the National Button Society display our collectibles.
The bright colors of bakelite buttons caught my fancy early on, as well as did celluloid of various types. Some are not as collectible as others, so for FUN with celluloid buttons, I did THIS several years ago.
For competition, besides bakelite and celluloid buttons, I sought buttons depicting heads of men, women and children; but I soon found it difficult to concentrate on one particular topic, so I started buying buttons depicting flowers. Then art deco glass caught my eye and then colorful old glass, and on and on. Collecting buttons is very addicting. My mom collected elephant "knick-knacks", so I bought a few elephant buttons for her. Soon I couldn't help myself, so I began collecting elephant buttons for myself.
Classifying Collectible Buttons
Moonglow buttons have been very popular in the collecting world. Many different colors, surface treatment and shapes as well as some pictorials can be found. I'm not sure how the term "moonglow" came to be, but there is a way to determine the difference between an "ordinary" glass button and a moonglow button. There is a discernable, though in many instances thin, layer of clear glass over the top of the button. By holding the button by the shank and shining a pen-lite against the edge of the top, you can see the thin layer of clear glass.
It's difficult to explain here where I'm trying to give an idea of how we display and/or compete; once you attend a button show, you'll see GORGEOUS, buttons of all materials and topics, properly mounted for both competition and preservation. This example shows black glass moonglows which have their own category as opposed to moonglows of all other colors. The base of these buttons is black, the tops may be almost any color and/or combination thereof.