Monday, February 19, 2018

Aurora Swirling


Recently added to my collection, here's a sprucely carved button in green Bakelite that's somewhat simple at first glance. Look again. This peculiar button boasts the most magical example of aurora-like swirling that I've ever seen. Back in 2012, I visited Iceland in hopes to see the famous Northern Lights (or aurora borealis), but missed out on them because a storm had blown in and the night sky was entirely clouded. Not to worry. Here's the cosmic phenomena in button-form. Fantastic plastic! Circa 1920.

-Sherbert McGee 

Friday, February 16, 2018

Hello, Smilers!


The happiest buttons of all, these cheery and cherry red smile buttons have enormous and open grins on their faces. Two years ago I posted a couple of smile buttons, but these are a much larger varietymeasuring approximately 1.5 inches across. Notice the different placement of the carved lines on this kooky twosome. What's more, these buffoons exude the art deco style. Bakelite/1920's.

-Sherbert McGee

Thursday, February 15, 2018

The Love Bird


I'm messing around with a new camera today and this is the not-so-flattering result. A Bakelite bird in the translucent color known as rootbeer, there's a hazy glare emanating from this winged button that's almost electric. Anyway, it's the day after Valentine's Day and since love is still in the air, I'm calling this a "love bird" even though I rather dislike birds. Truth be told, I'm more of a fish person.

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-Sherbert McGee

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Little Valentines


Laid on pink paper, here's 7 little heart buttons in celebration of Valentine's Day. The central heart is pumpkin orange while the surrounding hearts are tones of orange juice. All 100% Bakelite. Notice the variety of swirling on the OJ hearts. Like snowflakes, no two buttons are the same when you look at the unique whirls & whorls on such one-of-a-kind valentines. What can I say? I Bakelite.

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-Sherbert McGee  

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Toggle Tuesday: Hershey Buttons


Tomorrow is Valentine's Day and I'm already thinking about chocolate. Here we have two Bakelite toggle buttons in a rich chocolatey brown. They're not the fanciest buttons in the world, so I decided to dress up this photo by situating the toggles on heaps of paper strips culled directly from a bag of Hershey's Kisses. Don't try this in the wind. Half of these strips wound up in a tree across the street.

-Sherbert McGee

Monday, February 12, 2018

Glitter Blizzard


In the dead of winter, here's a chunky old coat button encapsulating a glittery downfall of metallic snow. As if the flurry of suspended tinsel wasn't enough, this is a Bakelite button in apple juice with a carved surface depicting a cluster of pretty stems and flowers. I picture this gorgeous button on the white rabbit-fur jacket of a very chic biddy, circa 1925.

-Sherbert McGee

Saturday, February 10, 2018

Butterscotch vs. Creamed Corn


Since the beginning of this blog, I've been wanting to set two buttons side by side in the colors we Bakelite fanatics call butterscotch and creamed corn. Here we are! The button pictured on the left is a definitive tone of bright butterscotch while the button to the right is a dreamy hue of creamed corn. Both of these delicious colors exude a charm that transcends the word "yellow" (as any bumblebee will tell you).

Their colors aside, these twin roses are superb examples of sculpted Bakelite. All week I've been posting buttons that are especially carved and here's the grand finale. Ridden with deep folds and angled crevices, every petal is buffed for a soft look that gives these flowers a buttery smoothness. They actually look like they could melt in the sun. Classic "flapper style" from the mid 1920's.

-Sherbert McGee

Thursday, February 8, 2018

A Golden Chestnut


Time has blessed this button immensely with a flattering patina that highlights the carved details of the brown Bakelite in a glow of golden accents. Patina effects every button differently. Sometimes I'll remove the stuff unless it focuses attention to the button's finer details. Here's an ideal example of what you want a hearty smattering of patina to do on Bakelite. Definitely a welcome embellishment.

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-Sherbert McGee

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Too Much is Never Enough


Stare at this large black coat button for a minute and let your imagination run wild. When I look at this mammoth beast, I see a beanstalk or maybe a geyser shooting through eagle wings alongside a tangled badminton net going up in flames! What is this button saying with its tangled hodgepodge of fancy engravings? Carved Bakelite to the extreme, this busy eyeful could be having a style crisis. Yet despite its overwrought features, every detail of the design is geometrically even from one side to the other, making this hectic button a true beauty as well. From the 1930's.

-Sherbert McGee    

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Tiki Head


All the buttons I'm posting this week, starting yesterday, have one thing in common aside from being Bakelite: They are all distinctively carved. Today's oblong button is carved into the eyes-nose-mouth anatomy of a Polynesian tiki mask. Hardly a friendly looking character, the face seems to be saying: "What are you lookin' at?" I've seen this button in dark green and black. Mine is maroon, c. 1927.

-Sherbert McGee