Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Colors of the Wind


Earlier this year, my friend Doreen put these blustery leaf buttons up for sale in her button shop and you better believe I raked them up immediately. Leaves blow away quickly and I didn't want this set of three to end up with another buyer! Nicely carved and exquisitely maroon in color, each of these buttons tested positive for Bakelite. Having stormed out of the 1930's, a timeless wind has carried these leaves through a whole lot of decades. They are probably about 85 years old.

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-Sherbert McGee   

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Maple Majesty


I'm no botanist, but this chocolate maple leaf is the apple of my button-collector's eye. The thing is huge and I was surprised to discover that it's indeed a button and not a dress clip or a brooch. Made of Bakelite and probably going back to the 1920's, a fastener of this size probably decorated some type of jacket and likely a very stylish one. I'm posting leaf-shaped buttons every day this week. This one's the very biggest by far.

-Sherbert McGee 

Monday, October 16, 2017

A New Leaf


Starting today, I'm posting a full week of Bakelite buttons shaped like leaves in honor of the real leaves turning bright orange just outside my living room window on a big hornbeam tree. This button is also orange in a darkish golden color known by Bakelite collectors as butterscotch. What's unique about this button is the wraparound stem that forms a loop in the design. From the 1930's.

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-Sherbert McGee

Friday, October 13, 2017

Celebrating the Big 500


In a few weeks this blog will be two years old, but today marks a different celebration. Set before you here today, this is the 500th post I've entered on this blog. That's a lot of Bakelite buttons and to mark the occasion I'm posting this 5-tone button, a pristine octagon with each piece testing positive for the famously desired plastic (easily dating back to the early 1930's). Some people want to know when I'm going to retire this blog, but I don't have an answer for that. I have plenty more Bakelite buttons, so on and on and on it goes...

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-Sherbert McGee

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Scheherazade


Behold, the lost treasure of los indios imaginarios! Just kidding. This is an old Bakelite button from the 1930's in the transparent color known as apple juice. What's really special about this sparkly keeper is the carved out flower outline that's been topped up with tiny shards of pearlized eggshells, golden micro-beads and flecks of antiquated glitter mixed with mother-of-pearl confetti. The result is a literal treasure trove of precious fragments, all mixed together like a shimmering stew. I've seen buttons similar to this one before, but have always been apprehensive about adding a button like this to my collection since the minuscule pieces are exposed and sometimes not entirely present. That said, I couldn't resist this one. The Bakelite section runs as smooth as a vintage fishbowl and its jumble of shiny bits appears intact. For obvious reasons, I've named this button Scheherazade.

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-Sherbert McGee

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Rootbeer Peepers


Sweet Jeepers! These giant rootbeer buttons tested positive for Bakelite and boy oh boy do they pack a punch. My favorite thing about these bold antiques is the oversized buttonholes with carved rings extending outwards. It almost looks like these big buttons are peering out of huge wrinkly-eyed sockets. Quite sizable, these buttons were cut off of an old winter coat dating back to the 1930's.

-Sherbert McGee   

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Toggle Tuesday: Big Red


Probably the biggest toggle button that I own, this major shard of vintage Bakelite is bright red with a wraparound thing happening in some kind of metal. Overall, it looks like a block of cherry lipstick held captive in iron cuffs. Put a few of these on a lady's blouse in the year 1928 and that would've been a one heck of a stylish Louise. This lucky toggle hails from an antique shop in New England.

-Sherbert McGee

Monday, October 9, 2017

Something Green


Here's something green that I pulled out of my Bakelite button stash this morning. This two-tone button has a creamed corn middle with a bright albeit dark green circle forming the basis of the blossomy shape. Notice the indentations that are pressed along the green border as if someone came along and repeatedly squished their finger into the Bakelite. Winsome and perky, this old flower button harks back to the 1920's.

-Sherbert McGee 

Friday, October 6, 2017

Bakelite "Rocker" Buttons!


When I ask myself which style of Bakelite button is my absolutes favorite, I always come back to these two-tone rocker buttons. Photograph-wise, I situated these unique trinkets at enough different angles to convey their arched sides and flat bottoms. Most of these buttons are solid colors with creamed corn centers, but notice that one of them is made of apple juice Bakelite with a bright yellow middle. Although these vividly charming buttons go back to the 1920's and exemplify the art deco style, they also remind me of the 1960's. For that reason, I like to think that rocker buttons were ahead of their time. If nothing else, this is vintage Bakelite at its most playfully animated.

-Sherbert McGee    

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Volcanic Freakazoid


My friend, Doreen, contacted me a couple of years ago with the news of discovering this incredible button that I ended up buying from her in a gung-ho heartbeat. I absolutely LOVE this button. Made of two-tone Bakelite, the base is bright cherry red with the topside being black. Etched away at the black Bakelite, a cone-shaped protrusion is emerging in the manner of a volcanic uprising. What's more, the carved section penetrates down to the red base of the button and gives the coned spot a bright lava-like ring. The effect is both spacey and very art decowhich I'm crazy about. That being the case, this button has a science fiction vibe while totally emulating the 1920's. Held up to the sun, you can see how the light hits that circular ring and sets it aglow like a molten halo. Planetary in its unique presentation, this antique button is truly out of this world. I've never seen another one like it.

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-Sherbert McGee