~Collectible Buttons ~ ~ Vintage and Antique ~

I have sold all of the buttons you've seen here for the past several months. One day I'll get more buttons posted for sale, and hopefully the site will be easier to navigate. I'm a button collector, not a dealer, but below you'll find links to other sites where you can find wonderful buttons from wonderful button friends. There are also some other interesting links here. I thank you for your patience and especially for your visit.

~ Button Collector's Web Ring ~
~North Dakota made products~
~Button Images ~
~CC's Buttons ~
~Doodle Art by Tina Clarke ~
~ Elisabeth James Antiques - Antiques - Bedford ~
~Handpainted Buttons by LJay ~
~Jewels by Jules ~

I might mention the button pictures shown above; in the past I've been asked if one or another buttons were for sale. In this trio of pics, I can tell you which are NOT for sale. The ReddyKilowatt is NOT for sale (my late husband worked for the power company so this button stays in the family). In the second picture, the silver leaf overlay is not for sale at this time (promised to someone if/when I decided to sell it and I won't forget.) The button to the right is one I bought for my own enjoyment is not for sale at this time, nor is the one with the cobalt bckground. In the last section, you'll see that they are all Studio Buttons. The "hat lady" is me, done by Kay Ferguson; it's the only one I have so it stays in the family. The lighthouse by Sheila Bird will be for sale; the motorcycle by Kay is not for sale at this time, nor is the paper lobster by Nikki Deal.

I hope you'll take the time, if you're new to this site, to read the button information, along with pictures. Some of the buttons you'll see will eventually be for sale.

Button Collecting,
Up Close and Personal

The National Button Society, an organization for collectors, formed in 1938. The NBS consists of members from all over the world, many of whom are dealers who come to the National Button Society Annual Show each year, open to the public, which is held in August. Besides viewing the buttons entered in competition, you'll see tables of buttons for sale. There will be buttons of all materials and sizes. This year you can 'Get Your Button Kicks on Route 66' August 10-16, 2014 in Springfield, Missouri. Details can be found at the National Button Society WEB SITEwhere you can learn how to join NBS as well as find links to state societies, and details for upcoming State button shows.

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.

Studio Buttons

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.

Clear glass buttons are quite plentiful; I enjoy this card of grapesand enjoy making Button Bouquets as gifts with colorful old buttons as well as newly made buttons found in fabric stores.

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.

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