Monday, January 22, 2018

How Much is that Doggie in the Window?


Attention, canine lovers! Last month I shared a dog button with the promise of more to come and that week has now officially arrived. For the next five days, I'll be posting pooches galore beginning with this windowed button featuring a black little furball"the one with the waggly tail." Check out the scruffy tufts on this handsome pup! And don't forget to admire the Bakelite. From the 1930's.

-Sherbert McGee

Saturday, January 20, 2018

Contrasts


Laid down by my blackest of neckties, here's a perfectly chic button sporting two colors in tested Bakelite that are as opposite as you can get: licorice black and a shade of apple juice that's as pale as blonde glass. Even the opposing carvings on the two tones provide a textural contrast that adds to the swanky vibes on this thing. A definite art deco button, this upscale dude demonstrates all the offbeat charm of the Roaring Twenties. 

-Sherbert McGee

Friday, January 19, 2018

The Humdinger


Where do I begin? This massive button reminds me of the large hair barrettes that my mother used to wear in the 1970's. That said, this whopping beauty is a Bakelite button from the mid-1930's. The almost-black color is espresso brown with a rootbeer stripe that's sectioned off by a couple of brass threads. Most impressively, look at the pointed oval shape of this mighty find. The flowery carvings on both sides are exquisite. A humdinger if there ever was one.

-Sherbert McGee

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Buttons for Gloria


Uncanny in their strange decadence, here's five buttons with an air that's eerily vogue and eccentric. Bakelite plastic in the color known as apple juice, the stylized cut of the borders smacks of the early 1920's and I believe this set may very well predate the Jazz Age. Moreover, the backs of these tarnished babies were gently daubed in a silver "wash" that gives them a slightly off-color tinge. Look at the button at lower right and you can see where the wash has a sudsy, bubbled effect. On account of their bizarre pallor and highly antiquated feel, I call these my Gloria Swanson buttonsnamed after the iconic film star who played Norma Desmond with such unforgettable madness in Sunset Boulevard (a character originally intended for Mae West). Now it might be a stretch to the call these buttons haunted, but I have to admit that they really do possess a ghostly aura with their dusty features and mystifying hue. Out of all the old buttons I own, these ancient vanities win for weirdest vibes and most freakishly opulent.

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-Sherbert McGee

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Egged and Mooned in Cherry Bakelite


The half-moon carved along the right side of this masterstroke is snuggled up to a wildly sculpted egg (at the left). Here we gaze upon one of my prettiest cherry-red buttons. A major showstopper, I always think of it as an eccentric Easter egg next to a less ornate crescent. Just look at the chiseling that went into "the egg side" of this lavish oddity! A button like this wouldn't be named Sue or Jane or Lou. Try Zoya or Dominika or Anastasiya. This Bakelite button is wickedly beautiful, so much so that I own two of them. The color of the other is rootbeer. A must-have for the vintage button saver, circa 1925.

-Sherbert McGee

Monday, January 15, 2018

Chocolate Rockers


Last week I posted two "rocker buttons" in green and creamed corn and look what I started: here's three more rockers and these are even tastier on the eyes. Chocolate rockers with creamed corn tops, this set defines the delicious playfulness of the (Bakelite) rocker style. Like I mentioned last week, I'm going to spend this entire year posting a different batch of rocker buttons once a month. Wait and see...

-Sherbert McGee

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Spinning Spinach


If looks could kill! ... Sensationally carved, here's a button in spinach green Bakelite that's nothing short of STUNNING! Twelve folds along the surface equal twelve jagged edges that sharpen the border of this true vintage wowzer. I bought this large button last year and am still marveling at the snaggy shape of the thing. Just as gorgeous as it is weird, this fancy freak spins back to the 1920's. 

-Sherbert McGee 

Friday, January 12, 2018

Minus Two Chomps


How often have I threatened to eat my buttons? Somebody beat me to it with this highly-carved licorice beauty. A heavy coat button made of Bakelite, the interesting thing about this dashing curio is the two bite-sized sections taken off the sides. I purchased this oddity from my button-collecting comrade, Doreen, last year and it's definitely one of my choice finds. From the 1930's or early 40's.

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-Sherbert McGee

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Prairie Custard


Acquired last year from my friend Doreen, here's a large showpiece in creamed corn Bakelite, or maybe more of a custard tone since it does lean toward a darker yellow. There's an old-fashioned and countrified vibe coming off of this heirloom that's reminiscent of an 1800's rural token with its elegantly carved crop of wheat and berries. Quaint and rustic are the words of the day here. I call this my prairie button since its pastoral motif evokes the Midwestern grasslands and hearty appeal of the Great Plains. c. 1930.

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-Sherbert McGee 

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Smooth Decorator


Last year I posted a button similar to this one, but the middle spot was green. This one is bright red. Smooth and glassy, the red and apple juice areas both tested positive for Bakelite. The AJ border may very well be an example of Prystal Bakelite, though it's hard to say. What's certain is that once upon a time this old button decorated something with a perfectly charming effect. Circa 1930.

-Sherbert McGee