Monday, November 20, 2017
Here's five little "trefoil" buttons in a gleaming tone of black Bakelite. If I didn't know any better I'd chew these buttons up—owing to their uncanny impression of licorice. Many moons ago, these nifty studs might've emblazoned a jacket from the 1930's or the early 40's. I can't say what's become of that jacket, but today these leftover buttons are running amok! Not to be confused with the common clover, the more rare and unusual trefoil is my favorite of all the button shapes.
Sunday, November 19, 2017
What's redder, the border of this old button or the center section? Both colors are shades of red, but in my estimation the textured perimeter (with its design of pressed brickwork) is more of a dark red while the middle circle is almost a bright pink. This two-tone button is made in the cookie-style and probably harks back to the early 1930's. Most importantly, this button tested positive for Bakelite.
Thursday, November 2, 2017
Today's the second birthday of Bakelite Buttons by Sherbert McGee and I'm marking the occasion with this huge coat button from the 1930's. Half black licorice and half apple juice, both sides tested positive for Bakelite and the apple juice side of this Yin-Yang doozy is packed with a hearty dose of multicolored bits that I'm calling confetti. It's a two-sided party button, seemingly custom-made for my two-year-old button blog.
Wednesday, November 1, 2017
And here we have the button that dreamed of becoming a turtle. Every time I look at this Bakelite oddity I think I see the rough formations of a soon-to-be baby tortoise. A patchwork of funny spots are etched along the surface with a long stripe dragged over the top. It's like this rootbeer button is on its way to becoming something else. A most quirky enigma—made during the Depression era.
Tuesday, October 31, 2017
Happy Halloween! These five buttons have been in my collection for a long, long time and I've been saving them for a special Halloween entry on my blog. All bright orange, the three along the back row got a little shaded in this photo, but they all boast the same fiery hue as the sunlit button at the lower right-hand corner. Contoured into womanly fingers and then carved with a texture reminiscent of fish scales, these elegant sweater buttons are as strikingly pretty as they are weird. Circa 1925.
Monday, October 30, 2017
Here we have a mean pair of slatted Bakelite squares in an unusual color that's nigh on jade green. I bought these large-sized buttons last year while traveling through the Midwest and snapped them up because: 1. they're art deco 2. they date back to the Roaring Twenties, and 3. it's not every day that you find a set of Bakelite art deco buttons in jade green. Moreover, these buttons are huge and I always say "the bigger the better" when it comes to Bakelite.
Saturday, October 28, 2017
This butterscotch button hasn't been in my collection for very long and I absolutely love it. Brightly polished, rectangular and carved with a four-petaled flower design, what's not to love? I'll be doting on this button for years to come. The color is a deep and dreamy honey tone, catching the daylight in this photo like a proud sunbather. Going back to the 1920's, this unmarred gem tested positive for Bakelite.
Friday, October 27, 2017
Bigger than a dime, but a tad smaller than a nickel, here's a medium-sized brown button that tested positive for Bakelite. Someone took excellent care of this old goodie as it's very shiny and came into my collection from a button seller who takes pride in polishing her Bakelite to a pristinely glass-like radiance. Harking back to the 1920's, this chocolate flower makes for one handsome bomboniere.
Thursday, October 26, 2017
Art deco buttons are my favorites and here's one of them. The base is red Bakelite while the top layer is a faux metal resin that's been etched away between noon and 3:00 to reveal one quarter of the cherry Bakelite beneath. Simple and yet sophisticated, the art deco craze played with geometric shapes and presented them in boldly unusual styles. I'd say this button is a prime example.
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Tuesday, October 24, 2017
Here's a big Bakelite button that could be called the classic epitome of a big Bakelite button. With its perfectly sunny quality of creamed corn coloring and its artful carving of naively delineated petals, this comely keeper from the 1920's pretty much typifies the beloved hallmarks of a vintage Bakelite showpiece. There's an old-fashioned innocence to this graceful rose, not to mention an air of luck.