Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Art Deco & Stardust


Talk about puttin' on the ritz!!! Zigs 'n zags galore, this art deco button might sport a few nicks and smudges, but the style remains (and oh! what style). I'm posting "glitter buttons" every day this week and this one might be my favorite with its seven pieces of chocolate Bakelite and bedazzled apple juice Bakelite all nestled together like a voguish jigsaw puzzle. Way too snazzy!

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-Sherbert McGee  

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Toggle Tuesday: Sparkle Box


Here's Day Two of my week-long chapter of buttons featuring teensy flecks of aluminum confetti. Each of these unique buttons is a literal treasure chest of cascading stardust. Today's example is a six-sided toggle with orange Bakelite capped at both ends. The centerpiece is apple juice Bakelite and as you can see in this photo, it's absolutely flooded with enough shredded foil to celebrate a flapper's birthday party during the rip-roaring 1920's.

-Sherbert McGee  

Monday, August 14, 2017

Glitter Fortune


Last month I posted a button filled with cascading glitter with the promise that I'd focus on an entire week of "glitter buttons" in the days ahead. Guess what, friends? Today begins Glitterati week and here's a scintillating hunk of apple juice Bakelite housed with a rainstorm of tinsel-bits. The shape of this button reminds me of a Chinese fortune cookie and in this case, the fortune is a literal explosion of flyaway light particles.

-Sherbert McGee 

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Antiquated Butter


As Bakelite ages over the decades, it seldom stays true to its original hue and can become quite extraordinary color-wise. For example, here's a button in a richly darkened yellow tone that rides the line between creamed corn and mustard. Once upon a time, this button might've been much lighter and may have even been white! The elongated octagon-shape reminds me of a Chinese lantern, carved with dramatic gashes that form a design reminiscent of gilled butter. I find this button to be downright seductive. From the 1920's.

-Sherbert McGee 

Friday, August 11, 2017

Pressed Rarities


In the world of Bakelite, "pressed buttons" present a lighter form of the plastic as opposed to the heaviness and density of a more typical button made of Bakelite. Here's a set of hard-to-find triplets with faintly pressed details that remind me of star-shaped spokes. These pressed buttons tested positive for Bakelite, but what makes them especially unusual is their coloring. I rarely find pressed Bakelite buttons in tones of rootbeer. 

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-Sherbert McGee

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Mississippi Bog Blossom


It's been a while since I spotlighted a "Mississippi mud" button. So here we go. Mississippi mud is the nickname for chocolate brown Bakelite that's streaked with veiny flourishes of black. Case in point: this big ole bumpy-rimmed flower. A coat button of chunky dimensions, at its center there's a shallowly etched patch of loopy scribbles that I find interesting. Whether it's wet dirt or a hunk of dark Bakelite, I've never had any qualms with mud.

-Sherbert McGee

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Go-Getters in Red


These red buttons absolutely slay me with their art deco flair and determined shine. What buttons better demonstrate the seductive elegance of cherry-toned Bakelite? Handsomely combed with their grooved array of stylized carvings, these buttons almost look windswept as their matching shadows seem to fly out from beneath them. Powerfully chic, the jet-setting flapper who strutted around town with these on her shirt in 1928 must've been one heck of a dame.

-Sherbert McGee

Monday, August 7, 2017

Blade of the Ninja


Here's an action-packed doozy of a button that takes after a Chinese throwing star, the olden-day weaponry of choice for covert warriors throughout Asia. The bottom layer is a dark tone of orange juice Bakelite while the top section is a spiral shaped set of fan blades in licorice Bakelite. I first laid eyes on this button a few years ago and knew instantly that I'd stumbled on something special. The button was situated in a glass cabinet in New York City at a now-closed antique shop in TriBeCa. circa 1930.

-Sherbert McGee

Saturday, August 5, 2017

Gobs of Green


When I frost a cake, sometimes I like to overdue it on the frosting in order to create a deeply wavy texture of exaggerated swoops and swirls. That's what this button reminds me of with its incredibly plunging surface of dramatic folds. Swamped with overlapping lobes, the make of this extraordinary button is spinach green Bakelite. Notice the subtle bit of yellow capillaries within the gobs of green. Truly fancy and exciting, this button takes the cake.

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-Sherbert Mcgee

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Sharp-Cornered Custard


How unusual are these stylishly jagged hipster buttons? Made of custard or creamed corn Bakelite (I can't decide), this jazzy pair caught my eye recently with their unique rows of finger-like planks and quirky design of deep-cut lines. Like a surprise in music when you think you're going to hear a certain note, but the song goes elsewhere, these buttons sport that kind of unpredictable spunk.

-Sherbert McGee