Friday, December 23, 2016

Flambéed Butterscotch

A curious case of dark butterscotch Bakelite, this button sports a "burnt" effect that gives it the look of a flambéed sweet. The color is hard to name. Almost a rusted tone, if not more of a tannish persimmon, I don't see Bakelite in this tawny hue very often. It's not my cleanest button either. Typical of buttons dating back to the 1920's, a wealth of patina rests in the slashed grooves of this fancy octagon. On that note, someone went a little wild with the cutting tools here. The excessively carved detail parades a sharp-edged floral design that's almost suggestive of a fitful temper.

-Sherbert McGee

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