Saturday, June 23, 2018

Sunny Behemoths


Now here's what I call definitive ripsnorters. These buttons are as huge as they are gorgeous. With construction similar to the sunny AJ button in my last post, this pair of buttons consist of black bases with sun-cut edges. More impressively, the tops of the buttons are massive dollops of orange juice Bakelite. Plumply bulbous mounds, they sport carved details and tremendous heft. Majorly chunky, these buttons are almost baseballs! Studying their awesome shape and decorative might, I see a couple of two-tone suns, but these buttons could just as easily be a pair of behemoth flowers. What do you see? Purchased in New York City at a now-closed antique shop in Midtown Manhattan, the price tag on these had them listed as being made in the 1930's. Total classics, these really belong in a Fashion History Museum in a section devoted to early plastics.

-Sherbert McGee 

Thursday, June 21, 2018

Hello, Summer!


A mighty serving of sunny Bakelite in two pieces, this large button is my way of ushering in the summer. Apple-juice Bakelite never shone so grandly! The bottom layer is a sun-shaped dish while the top piece is a truly whopping nuggetetched with fine and rippled designs. The overall effect gives rise to a gorgeous ball of light. The sun! 

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-Sherbert McGee

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Goodbye, Springtime!


Today's the last day of spring and I'm posting this enormous flower button as a seasonal send-off. The button is creamed tomato Bakelite, which is not a color I find too often in my Bakelite button hunting. See the cream-tone swirls mixed into the bright red? That's a good thing to find in red Bakelite. What's more, this button's petaled border is cut with countless decorative incisions for an effect that makes this flower dazzle! On the subject of the season, here's a painting by Tamara de Lempicka, titled "Spring" from 1928, which might be close to the year this button was made as well.

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-Sherbert McGee

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Bamboo Bakelite


Every time I look at these buttons I see a feast for panda bears. The buttons are carved beauties from the 1920's. They're made of creamed corn Bakelite and they're the type of button known as the "double-cut" style since the tops are carved separately from the bottoms in totally different designs that are discernible from the open spaces peeking through the surface. In this case, you can see that the buttons have a spiral shape cut at the bases. Most interestingly, the buttons have additional carvings that remind me of wisps of grass etched along the topsort of an Asian motif. Combined with the Bakelite's earthy tone (reminiscent of wooden plant stalks), I think of these as my bamboo buttons. Owing to the fact that I've yet to see another pair like them, I believe these are rare finds.

-Sherbert McGee

Monday, June 18, 2018

Chocolate Parent & Child


Fascinating chocolate flower buttons are spotlighted here in bold Bakelite carvings. The pair is a big and smaller size, or a parent and child set of buttonsprobably going back to the 1930's. I love the alternating design that goes from smooth lobes or petals to spotty petals, forming a quirky blossom, unlike any button I've ever seen.  Nicely polished and extraordinary treasures!

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-Sherbert McGee