Monday, April 23, 2018

Bakelite+Wood #16


Oh, my! It looks like a perfectly smooth piece of Noah's Ark has been dredged up in a polar ice cube. Try again. This is an old button from the late 1930's and while it looks like the chunk of wood is floating inside of the apple juice Bakelite, the wood is actually exposed at the back of the button where the shank's been drilled. What's more, this is the first button I ever found/purchased that merges Bakelite with wood. Held at different angles, the wood appears to rise and fall under the see-through plastic, giving the button a hypnotic effect. It's a strange beauty. Woodn't you agree?

-Sherbert McGee

Friday, April 20, 2018

Bakelite+Wood #15


TRIANGLES! Aren't these the coolest? Mostly made of wood, the lower tips of these killer pyramids are cherry red and butterscotch Bakelite. I purchased these from a man who was housing an estate sale after the death of his grandmother in Rhode Island. As the estate coordinator, he decided to auction off some sewing items as a way of promoting the much larger sale of antiquated rugs and precious silverware. Anyway, these buttons were among the listed goods and I spent a small fortune on them. (Worth every penny!) These are from the 1940's and appear to have never been used.

-Sherbert McGee

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Bakelite+Wood #14


Talk about coming out of the woodwork! Here's a fancy oak button that's so ornately carved, the small topper piece is really just a trivial enhancement. That said, the black square did test positive for Bakeliteso let's give it some admiration too. The square sits firmly upon a fine example of whittled timber and on that note, this old button parades an extraordinary design. The wood is so showy, it appears to frame the Bakelite like a shiny little doorbell. circa 1932.

-Sherbert McGee 

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Bakelite+Wood #13


Not your everyday button, here's a luscious scoop of yummy golden butterscotch Bakelite on a wooden plate. The Bakelite is carved with a waffle-like design of crisscross grooves that give the impression of caramelized honeya major treat for the eyes. Added to the fact that this sheeny glob of vintage of plastic is resting on a pine platter, this button is too fabulous. From the 1920's.

-Sherbert McGee

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Bakelite+Wood #12


Here's a spick and span pair of chocolate Bakelite buttons with wooden inlay running across the octagonal surfaces. This variety of button also comes in a smaller "dime size" whereas these brown biggies are significantly larger than quarters. Under a loupe, the wooden stripes appear tightly made with the assembled pieces fixed together like brickwork and tooled to a smooth perfection.

-Sherbert McGee   

Monday, April 16, 2018

Bakelite+Wood #11


All tied up, here's a pretty square button in both wood and Bakelite. The wood is darkly textured and sports a stately shine. The Bakelite is a deep foresty green. What's more, the dividing line between Bakelite and wood is literally laced with a black string through eight holes, favorably strung by my friend, Doreen, who sold me this tidy button a few years ago. Notwithstanding all the buttonholes, this button is backed with a metal shank for sewing onto clothing. And here we aresmack-dab in the middle of a full-month of Bakelite+wood buttons. Plenty more to come!

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-Sherbert McGee

Friday, April 13, 2018

Bakelite+Wood #10


Always a thrilling pair to examine, these combo-material buttons in Bakelite and wood are watery depictions of baroque porpoises. See their tails curled under their big fishy lips and their beady and cantankerous little eyes? The lady who sold me these buttons could not discern the aquatic animal design and mistook the featured carvings as an abstract set of pretty swirls and nothing more. Now I beg everyone who looks at these buttons to "See the porpoises!" The wood is very hard and starkly contrasted against the dramatic flowing motif of the apple juice Bakelite. I could study these poetic buttons all day. From the early twenties.

-Sherbert McGee 

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Bakelite+Wood #9


Two tones of Bakelite comprise this old square button that's 50% wood and handsomely contoured. The Bakelite is chocolate brown and butterscotch while the wood retains a dark shellac. I like how the Bakelite colors are divided diagonally. Also, it's hard to see in this photo, but the whole Bakelite section is curved slightly upwards, giving this antique button a purposefully bent design.

Visit Doreen's online store:
BUTTONS FROM THE ATTIC 

-Sherbert McGee

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Bakelite+Wood #8


This button, which combines wood and Bakelite, always reminds me of the architectural elements and interior designs from pioneer draftsman, Frank Lloyd Wright. The Bakelite is one slice of apple juice betwixt two slices of orange and fitted perfectly off to the side of a wooden toggle. Notice the wood showing beneath the apple juice section as the Bakelite is positioned over the wood as well as beside it. Sleekly efficient, I love the smart construction of this neat-o button from the 1920's.

-Sherbert McGee 

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Bakelite+Wood #7


Carpentry, anyone? Look at the woodwork that went into this wooden flower button with a stunningly carved midsection in deep rootbeer Bakelite! The dark wood petals have the rugged look of being sculpted out of a Viking's oar while the Bakelite resembles a polished ball of gooey maple syrup. I'm defending this wooden blossom from grizzly bears and bumblebees. What a humdinger! Circa 1930.

Visit Doreen's online store:
BUTTONS FROM THE ATTIC

-Sherbert McGee