Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Trefoiled in Tortoise

There are not enough "trefoil" shaped things in the world! I feel like this shape is slowly falling out of existence. Formerly a common motif in architectural designs, it also showed up in the immeasurable range of olden-day buttons. Here are three very large trefoil buttons from the 1930's, arrayed in faux tortoise Bakelite (aka rootbeer). Thought to be derived as a symbol of the Holy Trinity, the trefoil shape is a lesser-known outline than its famous cousin, the clover. I wish I had more trefoil buttons in my collection, but they are exceptionally rare. Maybe one day I'll go out and get myself a trefoil tattoo. Who will help me launch a trefoil resurgence?

-Sherbert McGee 

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