Monday, March 27, 2017

Embroidered Apple Juice

Last month I purchased this large Bakelite button from my friend, Doreen and I haven't been able to take my eyes off of it. Bright and softly elegant, it's the prettiest apple juice button I've seen in ages. The carved design of outer semicircles reminds me of the embroidered edging on a lace ribbon. The apple juice is a diluted hue, endowing this button with the feel of a fading daydreamcirca 1930.

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-Sherbert McGee

Friday, March 24, 2017

Epic Cherry Splash

More than two weeks have gone by since I've spotlighted a truly red button and the reason I've been holding back is all because of this mega beauty in explosive cherry Bakelite. So, following a deliberate suspension of she is! Lusciously contoured with deep curves and petal-like folds, the Art Deco style here adds up to a hunk of ruby opulence from the heights of 1920's excess. Chances are, I'll take this vibrant jewel to the grave and have it placed on a small pedestal in my coffin. A button this rare and rousing is a token of joie de vivre. A glorious knockout!

-Sherbert McGee 

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Feathered Find

After finding this last year during one of her famous quests for old buttons, my friend Doreen passed this button along to me and here it issitting pretty with its buttery complexion and art deco charm. Made of creamed corn Bakelite, the button is "pressed" with a feather design that reminds me of a scribe's fancy swan quill pen if not a barmaid's hair ornament. As fetching a pressed button as I've ever seen.

Visit Doreen's online store 

-Sherbert McGee 

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Celluloid on Bakelite

Talk about a button with a flipside! From the top view, this dual oddity sports a shimmery slab of strange plastic. My friend Doreen helped me identify the material as a "pearlized sheet celluloid embellishment." The embellishment sits on a smooth base of Kelly green Bakelite. Although the wavy effect of the celluloid gives this button an eye-catchingly abstract feature, it's the Bakelite underside that wins my love. Big surprise there, right?

PLASTIC FUSIONS: Next month I'm going to post a full week of rare and peculiar buttons made of Bakelite, which were factory-enhanced with non-Bakelite plastics. Consider today's post a preview for this pending week of vintage plastic combos. Stay tuned.

-Sherbert McGee     

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Orangey Snippets

Poured from a jar of buttons that are part of my junk stock, I keep these minor treasures separate from my main collection since they're on the flimsy side and don't excite me too much. Color-wise, the art deco hexagons ride the line between orange and butterscotch, but the littler pair is a true tangerine. These buttons lack the appeal of some of my more sensational finds, but they've tested positive for Bakeliteso what's not to love?

-Sherbert McGee 

Monday, March 20, 2017

Bear Traps

Last year on the first day of spring I posted 6 buttons in the shapes of bears. Sticking with the bear theme a year later, today is the first day of spring and I'm ushering in the season with this set of 4 buttons that remind me of bear traps. These Bakelite wedges are jaggedly heavy with deep notches set on both sides of chocolate Bakelite and a stripe of rootbeer sandwiched in the middle sections.
Come to think of it, the man who sold me these buttons was a rather bearlike creature himself. The gruff character got annoyed with me at an antique shop in Mount Kisco, New York when I asked him if these buttons were tested Bakelite. "Sure they're tested!" the old grouch snarled. "I smelled them myself!" Needless to say, his sniff test was accurate. These bear traps are true Bakelite, circa 1929.

-Sherbert McGee

Friday, March 17, 2017

Creamed Corn Clovers

Celebrating all things Irish (including my own personal heritage), here we have a couple of clover buttons in creamed corn Bakelite. Going back to the 1920's, these bad boys have been roughed up over the years and now bear all the nicks and scuffs commensurate with age. Perhaps the original wearer of these old shamrocks was involved in some pretty savage fisticuffs? On that note, here's a limerick that I wrote especially for the fighting Irish:

There once was a fight between twins
Whose bodies were joined at the chins.
When one shot his foe down, he felt himself go down
And likewise in war, no one wins!

Happy Saint Patrick's Day,
-Sherbert McGee 

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Apple Juice Extravaganza

Want to see a Bakelite button that has it all? Look no further. From top to bottom, here's an apple juice button that's carved, perforated, etched and scalloped. Showcasing every trick in the book, the excessive detail on this old baby pulls out all the stops with flowers, grooves and oodles of art deco vivacity. You don't find a button like this every day. From the 1920's.  

-Sherbert McGee

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Misty Licorice

Photography-wise, what did I do to cast this button in such an usual fog? I promise there isn't a lick of smog, fog, murk or mist in sight, but this Bakelite button appears to be emerging from a dramatic haze. Maybe it's a trick of the light? At any rate, this button possess a dark splendor with two layers of carvings that form an exotic rose in midnight blackreplete with a misty effect that I can't explain.

-Sherbert McGee

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Don't Drink the Bakelite!

Laboratory research, anyone? Here's a Bakelite button that looks like a scientific experiment with its green mass floating in what resembles a Petri dish. The section surrounding the green spot is apple juice in color, but there's a greenish tinge to it as if the green spot is being reflected. Studying this button, I'm reminded of undrinkable pond water that's rife with pollywog pee and who-knows-what. Anyway, don't we all love a button that smacks of infectious bog scum? 

-Sherbert McGee