Tuesday, December 22, 2015
A Studios Twosome
Whenever I find an apple juice button, if the bottom of the Bakelite is etched or carved, it's always fascinating how the incised detail comes blazoning through to the top. In the case of these two buttons, the etched plaid pattern is almost magnified through the Bakelite so that it translates to the surface with a perfect resplendence. These are astute-looking buttons. I like to think they belong on a tenured, Ivy League faculty member, or as cuff links on the shirtsleeve of Eugene O'Neill.
Next year, I will be posting images of more apple juice buttons, including a unique variety with painted features on their engravings, a style of button that is hard to find and very sought-after by today's Bakelite collectors. Painted Bakelite: Coming Soon in 2016!