Thursday, November 10, 2016
Bullied and Redeemed
Last summer I spotted this persecuted button at an antique shop in Saint Joseph, Missouri. It'd been tossed into a literal bucket with dozens of other buttons, many of which had metal shanks that were digging violently against this button's chocolatey Bakelite surface. Not a favorable scenario by any means. After purchasing this injured party, I brought it home and gave it a hot bath and a rigorous shine. Beautifully carved with deep flourishes and a striped pentagon design, it's hard to understand how this dandy keepsake ever landed among such hard knocks and rude riffraff. He's still got a sore dash of scars and nicks, but what was once an abused castoff is now a polished treasure.