Friday, May 25, 2018

Astrological Bakelite


A grand button all around, this two-tone wonder reminds me of planets moving into alignment with a chocolate moon getting ready to stand in front of a giant orange juice sun. If my button stash has a horoscope section, this pretty gem could be the center of the universe. Is Mercury in retrograde? The impactful simplicity of the geometric design is a fantastic example of art deco. This is a large coat button from the 1930's. Both colors tested positive for Bakelite.

-Sherbert McGee

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Eerie Oddity


It's been a while since I've posted a button made of Prystal Bakelite, so here one is. The border of this strange magic is apple juice Bakelite. The centerpiece is what's especially unusual: a big chunk of spacey and shimmering green Prystal Bakelite that's been carved at the base. The carving shines through to the top surface, a weblike nexus of intersecting lines. This button's been in my collection for years and years, but I have no memory of where I picked up such an eerie oddity. Maybe it was gleaned from an otherworldly dream?

-Sherbert McGee

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Cherry Speedsters


Pretty as Corvettes, these art deco buttons tested positive for Bakelite. Candy-red and totally undimmed, despite their age, this perky pair wouldn't look misplaced on top of a frosted cupcake. Going back to the late-1920's, these spiffy keepers are designed with upraised grooves that remind me of the vouguish stylings on a super chic automobile at the height of the Jazz Age. So happening!

-Sherbert McGee

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Bakelite + Lucite


One of the sub-categories of Bakelite buttons is Bakelite buttons that incorporate elements of Lucitea type of transparent plastic, which is related to Plexiglas. Usually the Bakelite portion of these buttons is black or tortoise; and on that note, here's a tortoise Bakelite button with a gorgeous Lucite centerpiece. As if looking through a kaleidoscope, the Lucite is resting over a metalized plate of fragmented stars. I don't collect buttons in this style, but since the tortoise section of the button is Bakelite, I purchased this one to round out my collection. That said, it's a beauty. circa 1940.

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-Sherbert McGee 

Monday, May 21, 2018

Painted On Top


Here comes a pair of buttons in creamed corn Bakelite with etched designs adorning the tops like starry Mexican Christmas decorations. Over the years, I've seen buttons just like this pair many times in antique shops and in the collections of Bakelite junkies like me; and one thing is always the same: the stars on the buttons are consistently painted blue or pink, just as they are in this photo. Adding subtle details to the buttons' visual appeal, notice that small, angled pieces have been cut from the rimsgiving the buttons a petaled shape. circa 1928.

-Sherbert McGee

Friday, May 18, 2018

Painted Underneath


So bright and shiny, this wonderfully smooth pileup of colors is actually a Bakelite button. Not your run-of-the-mill find, this is one of those apple juice varieties that's been painted (yellow, red, white and green) at the base. As seen from the top, the painted underside pretty much takes over the whole button andviola!here we have this nifty little dollop of four colors. From the 1930's.

-Sherbert McGee

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Butterfly Aflame


Luckiest of antique buttons, here's a very large specimen of bright orange Bakelite that flew into my butterfly net earlier this year thanks to my good friend Doreen who retained this lovely button in her personal collection for some time before parting ways with it. The carved texture of this bonny bug looks like glass and the shine is exquisitea fiery orange that's not so much a rusty tone (as this photo suggests), but more of a brilliant citrus when viewed in person. Eventually, I'll get around to posting more figure buttons in the shapes of various animals. All together they form a spectacular menagerie.

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-Sherbert McGee