Saturday, August 13, 2016

The Lustrous Toad

Here's that amazing thing that happens when Bakelite is polished to a glassy shine. At first glance when I saw this button a few years ago at an antique shop in St. Louis, I mistook it for a grooved slab of buffed tile. The lady who sold me this chunky toad puts intense elbow grease into bringing her vintage buttons to the point of gleaming distinction. Cleansed of all patina and the funk & filth of time, this is an example of immaculate Bakelite.

-Sherbert McGee  

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